Ronnie: The Autobiography


For the first time, a member of the world?s most famous rock ?n? roll band tells his?and their?story. Raw, unsanitized, nasty and fascinating. An incredible journey.

The first of his family to be born on dry land, Ronnie Wood came from a family of water gypsies and was raised in a council flat near Heathrow Airport. Growing up only wanting to paint and play music, Wood was always talented. And in the 1960?s, he was often in the right place at precisely the right time?becoming ...

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For the first time, a member of the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll band tells his—and their—story. Raw, unsanitized, nasty and fascinating. An incredible journey.

The first of his family to be born on dry land, Ronnie Wood came from a family of water gypsies and was raised in a council flat near Heathrow Airport. Growing up only wanting to paint and play music, Wood was always talented. And in the 1960’s, he was often in the right place at precisely the right time—becoming the guitar player for everyone from the Birds to Jeff Beck to the Faces and then to Rod Stewart . But Wood and his guitar-playing became super-charged when he joined The Rolling Stones. They were rock royalty from their earliest days, and from the first time Wood performed with the band, careening down New York City’s Fifth Avenue on a flatbed truck Wood has been at the center of the court and in the middle of the ferment. No band has ever combined the Stones’ success—both artistically and materially—with their longevity. No other band has ever survived the creativity and clashes of such big personalities.

But with success came excess—and as mayhem and hysteria followed Ronnie on his adventures through the extremes of rock ‘n roll, the drugs got harder and his relationships—especially with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the women in his life—became increasingly complex.

A fascinating portrait not just of the Stones, but of the greatest rockers of the 1960’s and beyond—from Eric Clapton to Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page to Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix to Pete Townshend—RONNIE is a rich, revelatory book. Readers have never had a view of the rock world like this before.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Like any good memoirist, Wood is shamelessly honest."—The New York Times

"Wood's wildly entertaining book is peopled with virtually every major British and American rocker since the early '60s."—Rush and Malloy, New York Daily News

"Wood is a classic classic rocker, and his story has just that kind of 'behind the music' arc."—The Associated Press

"Features candid tales about Wood's long career in rock 'n' roll...and his own drug, alcohol, and financial problems. 'It's been an adventure for me, ' Wood said."-U.P.I.

"Forthright and revealing...plenty for fans to chew on."-VNU Entertainment News Wire

Ira Robbins
In the generous and sincere tone of a speechmaker at a retirement party, Wood recounts the earning and spending of several fortunes, copious cocaine and alcohol intake, women he's loved, the great musicians and celebrities he's known and farcical scrapes with the law, drug dealers and other nefarious businessmen—none of which he takes too seriously. But what could have been the saddening diary of a dissolute scoundrel finds its charm in his unabashed enthusiasms for his second wife, Jo; snooker; thoroughbreds; the television show "CSI"; and Ireland. The balance of mischief and decency seesaws comfortably until the coda…Like any good memoirist, Wood is shamelessly honest and devoted to his own irresponsibility.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312366520
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronnie Wood has been a member of the Rolling Stones for over thirty years. His other bands include The Birds, The Creation, The Jeff Beck Group, The Small Faces, and The Faces. He’s married to Jo Wood, is a globally renowned artist and lives in Surrey, England and Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Prologue     1
Yer Father's Yacht     3
Conception     29
Scene     35
Apprenticeship     58
Chuch     73
Faces     78
London Life     90
Rainbow     104
Cancel Everything     108
Flatbed     118
Josephine     147
L.A. Times     164
Loss     171
Contribute     182
Barbarian     187
Malingering     193
Anticipation     201
Shackles     206
Misguidance     217
Hitched     232
Overcast     241
Welding     245
Pride     249
Gunslingers     255
Shift     262
Brakes     265
Boom     270
Ireland     277
Voodoo to Babylon     290
Good and Ugly     296
Rehab     305
Drury Lane     317
Bang     326
Where is this boy now?     354
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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Very entertaining, great read

    I bought "Ronnie" at the local dollar store and figured I couldn't go wrong. I am so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I will be 70 years old next year. However you must remember how long the Sones have been around I was 24 years old when "Satisfaction" came out and I was hooked ever since.

    This book is so interesting because it shows how interconnected so many rock stars were in the early years. I really loved the early photgraphs, of the Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the family pictures, etc, etc. I also enjoyed the authors artistic drawings. I had never heard of "Faces" so had no Idea that it was the band that Ronnie Wood started and Rod Stewart came out of.

    Very facinating. I especially liked that he put dates with his concerts and experiences. Then I could say "oh yeah, I was there at the, Steel Wheels, concert on such and such a date or that I was a certain age when a special event took place".

    I was impressed how the author had friends or just contact with people in high places from movie stars to the President of the United States.

    Since the book had no index as in, "Clapton," I underlined and highlighted so I can look some of the groups and events up later on You Tube or just refer back for my own historical reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2009

    Don't waste money

    Don't waste your money on Ronnie's book. I'm a fan, collector, and research the Stones. Out of the 75 books I own on the Rolling Stones, this books ranks as one of the worst.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Aww Ronnie, I thought I already knew ya'.

    I picked up the Ronnie Wood book on discount at B&N expecting to chuckle at his sordid drug tales. Chuckle I did, but I also found myself looking for excuses to dip back into the Wood(eww!). Drug tales are kept at a mininum leaving the majority of the biography filled with astounding tales of a hard working music journeyman. I was shocked to discover Ronnie was asked to be in Led Zeppelin by none other than Peter Grant. I was also pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Wood an incredible painter and artist (some of his inspired sketches share space with wonderful photos of Ronnie chillin' with a host of A-list celebrities). Ron Wood's a genuine family man. I sometimes find a biographers writings of his/hers family forced and lame. Ronnie's family tales of past and present are heart warming and hilarious. His time spent with The Faces and Rod Stewart use up as many pages as his time with The Stones. I was unaware of how major his input with The Stones is. I thought he was the back-up guy to ego maniacs Mick & Keith but he is on-par with Mick, Keith & Charlie; equal part ego and maniac as to what go goes down in the gigantic world of The Rolling Stones. His name dropping does get to be a bit much after a while but if I was friends with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson I'd be referencing them quite a bit myself. The element of surprise in this book is amazing and after thinking this would be a quick read and recycle I find myself reccomending it to all music fans I speak to including you, so go get it MF!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Surprisingly Great Read

    I purchased 'Ronnie' because it was marked down to 50% off at my local Barnes and Noble. I had just finished 'Wonderful Tonight' by Patti Boyd and 'Clapton' by Eric Clapton - enjoyed both of the above books - but surprisingly - I REALLY liked 'Ronnie'. I liked his folksy manner. He certainly did his fair share of drugs, sex and of course rock & roll but I loved the insight into the whole 'rock & roll' way of life. Never knew that all these 'rockers' hung out together - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, George,John,Paul,Ringo, Elton John - just to name a few. And of course Ronnie knew them all. One thing that floored me reading Ron's book was the fact that he had several episodes where he was 'broke'. He either spent too much money on drugs or was spinning tall tales I find it very difficult to believe that any member of the Rolling Stones - especially Ronnie who has been with them for over 30 years - would be pinching any pennies. Just can't be true - especially given the royalties that just their CD's generate. Not to worry, Ron has embarked on another mini-career - he now dabbles in art. If you love the Rolling Stones or just the era of vintage rock, you will enjoy strolling down memory lane with Ron Wood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    ronnie and chuch

    Ronnie loved your book and especially the chapter 5 about Chuch and the last page about his mom what a kick ( I was there and have a picture) also just visited the rock and roll hall of fame what a special thing you did for the memory of chuch what a joy for his family

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was born in 64 so I kind of caught the Stones and their newer stuff like from 'Tattoo You'. However, being the youngest of 5 I know all the Stones because my brothers and sisters used to rock out to them. My husband and my daughters also love The Stones. I am not usually one to buy auto biography books, but for some strange reason I was compelled to buy this one, and I am so glad I did. I actually bought copies for both my daughters and their boyfriends. Thank you Ronnie, for your openness, kindness and overall great book! You are very talented as an artist as well, truely gifted. I am glad your enjoying Ireland, you deserve it!

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    Posted November 13, 2008

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