- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (May 7 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307987329
- ISBN-13: 978-0307987327
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Customer Reviews: 2,199 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The best news about Stewart’s autobiography is that it revives the rollicking humor and self-deprecating personality of his early career. It takes the jolly perspective of a guy who knows he’s one of the world’s luckiest men, and the result proves infectious.” –New York Daily News
“In an action-packed memoir, Stewart explains how he survived the excesses of Seventies rock stardom…full of bad behavior and enough ex-wives to fill an entire soccer side.” —Rolling Stone
“A he-said romp through a five-decade music career that spawned a string of enduring pop classics…[Stewart is] an entertaining storyteller who admits that at age 67 he still spends time on that bottle-blond, high-maintenance hair. We love him for that.” –The Tampa Bay Times
“Unsurprisingly, Rod Stewart has a few stories to tell…The singer tells them in a charming, often humble and self-deprecating, and always entertaining fashion throughout Rod, his autobiography….A moving read.” –The Buffalo News
“…a life that seems to be one endless romp from hit song to hot date, with a few stylish Italian sports cars and expensive pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art thrown in for good measure. Blondes (Have More Fun), indeed.” –USA Today
"The most outrageous—and wittiest—rock autobiography of the decade." –The Daily Mail
“Amiably and self-knowingly told… the tone [is] pitched right and the jokes good." –The Guardian
"Forget your Salman Rushdie. Put down your JK Rowling. Tomorrow sees the publication of one of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year-- the autobiography of Rod Stewart. Truly." –The Independent online
“Anyone who wants to be a rock and roll superstar should read this…crazy stories.” –Jimmy Fallon
“A likable, mostly generous and well-written look back at the days of bedding starlets and destroying hotels.” –Kirkus
“Looking at the fall release schedule and seeing memoirs slated from Pete Townshend and Neil Young, who would have tipped Rod Stewart as being the rock graybeard most likely to produce the best book? But he did. Rod: The Autobiography (Crown) is a warm, roguish reminiscence. More playful than Townshend's at times ponderous Who I Am and far more insightful than Young's numbing Waging Heavy Peace, Stewart's memoir has much of the joyful, big-hearted raffishness of the singer's classic early '70s recordings. (It's more "Mandolin Wind" than "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" — or anything else of his from the last 35 years or so.) The book is a fun, rollicking read.” —Spin.com
About the Author
ROD STEWART is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Grammy Living Legend. In a career spanning five decades, he has sold more than 150 million records and continues to be one of the top-grossing and most beloved live performers in the world. In 2007, the Queen of England bestowed him the prestigious CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his contributions to music. He lives with his wife, Penny Lancaster, and children in Beverly Hills, California and Epping, Essex.
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By Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart's no-holds-barred autobiography "Rod" proves beyond all doubt that Blonds really do have more fun. It's a memoire breathtaking in its honesty - filled with revealing anecdotes and vignettes - some none too flattering to the author. They say a gentleman doesn't kiss and tell but that was before Rod wrote this book.
Stewart recounts many humorous incidents including an embarrassing exchange of Christmas gifts with Elton John (a novelty bar fridge from Stewart and a Rembrandt drawing from John) and a subsequent wedding gift from John of a £10 gift card with a note saying "buy yourself something nice for the house." We also learn about the activities of the "sex police" and Stewart's wickedly imaginative publicist, as well as how Stewart and his fellow musicians typically turned up for studio recording sessions with no idea what they were going to record and then ad-libbed from there.
Apart from accounts of Rod's humble beginnings, his prodigious love life, his various passions and his musical evolution, the most interesting aspect of the book for me was the veritable history of the whole rock genre that it presents.
The reader comes away with a greater appreciation for the legend who has sold over 200 million records. It's a compelling life story which, as the book jacket says, is "not bad for a guy with a frog in his throat." Well done lad!
A bit repetitive at times with the relationship with the women he meets.
A very good read I found his early life the more interesting.
I would recommend this book.
For anyone interested in the life of a rock 'n roll star the book is a very entertaining read and filled with many amusing details. It's hard for any normal bloke like myself living in the real world not to feel a certain amount of envy when reading about his surreal life and despite his admissions of "guilt" for the way he treated a number of his stunning girl friends, there's a side of him that like our mutual friend Ewan Dawson who I knew well in another life, comes across as spoilt along with "using" people in a way that only fame and money would allow. This however is a minor and personal quibble.
Reviews are to sell books and whilst it is ironic that I am helping Rod to trouser a few more shillings rather than the other way around I have to own up that you'll get your money's worth if you buy it.
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He's clearly already has quite a life and appears very grateful throughout. Rod manages to speak about his previous partners and musicians without being negative and nasty but, as far as I can tell, with simple brutal honesty.
His life involves women, model railways, football, women, renaissance art, music and women! A fascinating book with lots of humour. I laughed out loud many times. And hey, there are parts that even educated me about life itself! Rod the guru? Who knew?
This book even has a separate chapter dedicated to Rod's haircut! I particularly liked the occasional fun dig at rival Mick Jagger and the chapter about Rod's art collection (it teaches you maths!).
This is everything I enjoy in a Autobiography! Long live Rod the Mod!
Rod's infatuation with women, cars and his beloved model railroads sound slightly arrogant but somehow it doesn't actually come across that way with him. He is still a very grounded chap with a wicked sense of humour. He's very honest and speaks really candidly about getting dumped by Rachel Hunter and his complete adoration for Penny. His bromance with Ronnie "Woody" Wood is heartwarming and hilarious at the same time.
Even if you're not a fan - give it a go... its a great story.
I haven't even mentioned football or trains, which obviously play a good part toward his relaxation Buy this book, sit or lay back, and enjoy it! I thoroughly did. You will laugh, and you will cry and you will not want it to finish!!
I found the early part of the book the most interesting. I had no idea he’d spent so long trying to make it to the big time and his involvement with Long John Baldry was interesting. There’s a lot of background about how some tracks and albums came about, enough gossip to make the reader smile and he comes across as honest and often quite self deprecating. All in all Avery well written account; I’d like to think he wrote it himself rather than it being the work of a ghost writer. His ‘voice’ certainly comes through. Really enjoyed it.
Born into average but loving family this book tells the struggles and utter commitment Rod Stewart demonstrated in his writing, I'm not a fan of this style of music being a Bowie fan for 45 years but I've always found Mr Stewart's what you see what you get attitude interesting.
In the 70's some idiot in a big Rolls Royce was trying to burn me off while on my Honda 750, I knew the driver was only having a laugh and it wasn't until reaching the next set of traffic lights I looked into the car to see it was Rod Stewart, I was 18 at the time and 42 years later I still remember the episode well.
I am neither a fan or a non-fan but I know a few of his songs, can't really miss them, his voice is distinctive as is his hair, on which he devotes a chapter. Great fun.
This tells of his charmed life, and it's a very funny story.....