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Rod: The Autobiography The Extraordinary Life And Career Of Music Legend Rod Stewart, In His Own Words For The First Time With His Soulful And Singular Voice, Narrative Songwriting, And Passionate Live Performances Rod Stewart Has Paved One Of The Most Iconic And Successful Music Careers Of All Time He Was The Charismatic Lead Singer For The Trailblazing Rock And Roll Bands The Jeff Beck Group And The Faces, And As A Solo Artist, The Author Of Such Beloved Songs As Maggie May, Tonight S The Night, Hot Legs, Da Ya Think I M Sexy , Young Turks, Forever Young, And You Wear It Well Now After Than Five Decades In The Spotlight, He Is Finally Ready To Take A Candid And Romping Look Back At His Life Both On And Off The Stage From His Humble British Roots To His Hell Raising Years On Tour With His Bandmates, Not Forgetting His Great Loves Including Three Marriages And Eight Children And Decades Touring The World, Rod Delivers A Riveting Ride Through One Of Rock S Most Remarkable Lives From The Hardcover Edition


10 thoughts on “Rod: The Autobiography

  1. says:

    I picked up this book with a bit of skepticism after all, my mom recommended it to me, and my mom has not hidden her unadulterated, passionate love affair with Rod Stewart from me one bit throughout my life Not a real love affair, mind you given the multitudes of love affairs referenced in this book, I feel the need to clarify that point Just a love affair from afar Let s put it this way if Rod Stewart had shown up at my front door at any given point during my upbringing, I would ve giv I picked up this book with a bit of skepticism after all, my mom recommended it to me, and my mom has not hidden her unadulterated, passionate love affair with Rod Stewart from me one bit throughout my life Not a real love affair, mind you given the multitudes of love affairs referenced in this book, I feel the need to clarify that point Just a love affair from afar Let s put it this way if Rod Stewart had shown up at my front door at any given point during my upbringing, I would ve given it a 84% chance that my mom would ve walked out the door with him and not thought twice.And now that I have finished this, I just have to say MOM, you dodged a bullet This guy was, how did he put it Philanderer of all philanderers But also surprisingly funny He appears to be rather self aware, which made this book incredibly entertaining He is unabashedly obsessed with his hair, model trains, and football He also did a lot of drugs, trashed a lot of hotel rooms, was completely unable to keep dashing off after young, leggy blondes, and had a lot of kids.But my ultimate impression is this I never would ve wanted to be married to Rod Stewart, but holy moly, he sounds like he was dang fun to hang out with Also 70 s 80 s rock Anybody who survived that scene is crazy lucky.Overall, thoroughly entertaining, with a side of glad my mom married my dad and not this guy


  2. says:

    In honor of Rod Stewart s Rod The Autobiography, here are eight life lessons and playlist suggestions I took away from this fun, juicy, honest book.1 Blondes Have More Fun There s no shame in extreme hair maintenance.Rod devotes the second chapter of his book to his hair, which, let s face it, we all want to hear about And, as he says, maybe he is a bit extreme with his hair, but how many other people can say they re recognizable for the spiky tips on the top of their heads 2 Maggie Ma In honor of Rod Stewart s Rod The Autobiography, here are eight life lessons and playlist suggestions I took away from this fun, juicy, honest book.1 Blondes Have More Fun There s no shame in extreme hair maintenance.Rod devotes the second chapter of his book to his hair, which, let s face it, we all want to hear about And, as he says, maybe he is a bit extreme with his hair, but how many other people can say they re recognizable for the spiky tips on the top of their heads 2 Maggie May and Mandolin Wind Stay true to yourself, and you ll go far.Both of these songs were hits from Rod s Every Picture Tells a Story, and also have a very Celtic quality that speaks to Rod s Scottish heritage.3 Rhythm of My Heart Most definitely the rhythm Rod has followed for most of his life, so follow your heart.Rod is known for being something of a philanderer and womanizer something he regretfully cops to in Rod While I will agree with him that he behaved quite despicably to many of his girlfriends over the years, reading his book gave meof an understanding of his actions he was quite simply in love with being in love 4 Forever Young Sometimes you have to trust your gut and sometimes, run from it Rod almost threw out two of his most famous songs Maggie May and Forever Young, for being not good enough Always have confidence in yourself and your talents.5 Downtown Train Everyone has a quirky hobby.And Rod s is building elaborate model trains, railways, and landscapes Go figure.6 Do Ya Think I m Sexy You can t please everyone.Rod s take on disco was a tribute to the Rolling Stones, who had managed to mix disco and rock successfully While the song gave him many new fans, it also disappointed many of his old fans, who felt he had sold out Out of embarrassment, he took it out of his show, but then found that people were disappointed.7 Infatuation Dive into what you re passionate about.Rod is the master of infatuations with blondes, model trains, cars, football, and art and, lucky for us, he devotes a chapter to each in his book It s inspiring for the most part, leaving out the womanizing to see the passion with which Rod approaches his interests.8 I Don t Want to Talk About It Don t be coy This is a phrase Rod has never uttered Because he lays it all bare in this autobiography every sex, drugs, and rock and roll moment with humor, candor, and humility.Head to www.EverydayeBook.com foreBook reviews


  3. says:

    A good old romp That s what Rod Stewart s life was, and that s what this book was Rod Stewart is not a great musician, let s be clear He s an entertainer, with a phenomenal voice, who s been churning out hit records for forty years Nor is he a great writer And this isn t about to be nominated for a Booker prize anytime soon But that said, he doesn t pretend to be anything other than a bloke who got lucky and made the most of the cards that he was dealt What he does have is a great sense o A good old romp That s what Rod Stewart s life was, and that s what this book was Rod Stewart is not a great musician, let s be clear He s an entertainer, with a phenomenal voice, who s been churning out hit records for forty years Nor is he a great writer And this isn t about to be nominated for a Booker prize anytime soon But that said, he doesn t pretend to be anything other than a bloke who got lucky and made the most of the cards that he was dealt What he does have is a great sense of a humour and a general fun loving you only go around once in life attitude That reflects in the way he lived his life, and in the way he recounts it in this book It s never boring, never too serious and always amusing, as the pages wind their way from his very middle class upbringing in London to the uber luxurious mansion living in LA where it ended up.By the end of the book, I d lost track of how many Ferraris he s bought, how many long legged blondes he s dated and cheated on and how many children he has But I came out of it liking him He s the kind of guy you d like to join your table for a drink, the kind of guy you d enjoy at a party And the kind of author whose book makes for very light, entertaining reading


  4. says:

    This is Rod Stewart s autobiography and I am a big fan of his music When reading memoirs of rock stars, I know certain elements are prevalent drugs, alcohol, being unfaithful, many wives, etc This one had that, but Rod came across as an extremely likable guy..and normal He seemed very impressionable in his early years which I found kind of sweet Then he eventually stumbled into music as a young adult and I m so glad he did He didn t have an entitled sense of himself and I think I appr This is Rod Stewart s autobiography and I am a big fan of his music When reading memoirs of rock stars, I know certain elements are prevalent drugs, alcohol, being unfaithful, many wives, etc This one had that, but Rod came across as an extremely likable guy..and normal He seemed very impressionable in his early years which I found kind of sweet Then he eventually stumbled into music as a young adult and I m so glad he did He didn t have an entitled sense of himself and I think I appreciated that the most He had dreams and was surprised when they came true Overall, I enjoyed this one, even though Rod Stewart didn t do his own narration Simon Vance was the narrator and he always does a great job So 4 stars


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    This book was amusing and easy to read I saw Rod Stewart on Graham Norton promoting his book and it sounded interesting He is quite a comedian and seems to be a lot of fun I had no idea model trains were a passion of his, but I knew soccer was He s definitely not someone I would have wanted to date seriously he is obviously somewhat of a womanizer, maybe having TOO much fun Lots of good pictures in the book Books like these are always great for name dropping It is so funny that twice in This book was amusing and easy to read I saw Rod Stewart on Graham Norton promoting his book and it sounded interesting He is quite a comedian and seems to be a lot of fun I had no idea model trains were a passion of his, but I knew soccer was He s definitely not someone I would have wanted to date seriously he is obviously somewhat of a womanizer, maybe having TOO much fun Lots of good pictures in the book Books like these are always great for name dropping It is so funny that twice in this book and only pages apart he makes the statement that contrary to what you have heard, Gordon Ramsay never played professional football


  6. says:

    I started this memoir immediately after finishing Pete Townshend s memoir and while reading I kept comparing it to Pete s book I feel like I should write a term paper comparing and contrasting the two men Both born in 1945 in England, went to the same clubs as teens, knew a lot of the same people, recorded at the same studios etc However, the men are different as night and day Pete is by far a better musician, a better songwriter and much cleverer than Rod Also Pete is by far a bigger wanke I started this memoir immediately after finishing Pete Townshend s memoir and while reading I kept comparing it to Pete s book I feel like I should write a term paper comparing and contrasting the two men Both born in 1945 in England, went to the same clubs as teens, knew a lot of the same people, recorded at the same studios etc However, the men are different as night and day Pete is by far a better musician, a better songwriter and much cleverer than Rod Also Pete is by far a bigger wanker Rod is infinitelypleasant to read than Pete Rod is a hoot Really funny Loads of stories I bet he is a lot of fun at a party Pete Townshend takes himself soooo seriously that it was a relief to read a memoir where the person was able to poke fun at themselves Lots of laughs about Rod s clothes and hair.I m not a fan of Rod s music I could only name two of his songs prior to reading this book though I recognizedwhen he brought them up in the book While he does obviously talk about writing and recording his music, I found his comments on the music scene in general farinteresting than discussing his specific albums Writing about the development of rock music and the youth culture on the influences of blues and jazz and folk in rock about how there was no blueprint on what to do and how to develop as a rock musician about navigating the business side of the industry about how rock became so segmented in the 70 s and how little blending of styles there was disco, punk, progressive rock, heavy metal, etc To bring up the Pete Rod comparison again Pete wrote of his anguish when punk emerged how he felt old embarrassed wanted to fit in be cool like the punk rock guys Pete admits to changing the way he dressed befriending a younger punk guy to help him regain his coolness Rod also brings up the punk movement and how Johnny Rotten called Rod an old fart He wasn t devastated like Pete He liked the attitude of the punks, the just get up do it ethos, but didn t feel he needed to change himself to fit in He also makes a joke about how his silk harem pants he wore at the time were muchcomfortable than bondage trousers Thankfully Rod didn t spend eons on his childhood a pet peeve of mine when reading memoirs Only very very rarely does someone s childhood and family history warrantthan a few chapters Rod establishes that he had a regular, happy childhood Admits he was a bit spoiled Then after a few chapters he moves onto his teenage years and his beginnings on the music scene and then the fame fortune.This memoir focuses muchon his personal life than it does on music Which was fine with me I don t think a lengthy analysis of Hot Legs or Do Ya Think I m Sexy is really needed It s his life that is interesting, not his music per se It was a pleasant change to read a memoir where the person is aware of what a huge role luck plays in someone getting famous He is very aware It s also refreshing to read about a person enjoying their wealth and fame and admitting they would be sad if it went away Rod references a quote from Sting whose memoir I have also read He sof a Pete than a Rod and Sting says something to the effect that if his wealth and fame ended and he went back to living in a small apartment he d be fine Bollocks, says Rod First, he doesn t believe Sting and then Rod says it would be terrible to lose everything it s a lot of fun being wealthy and traveling the world and living in beautiful houses etc A large chunk of the book is devoted to his love life He was a busy, busy man And he really sticks to his type blond, tall, gorgeous young I read Britt Ekland s memoir years ago recall her being devastated by Rod and his philandering ways He admits now that what he did was horrible He explains rationalizes his behavior by saying he was young, a rock star, it was the seventies, everybody was sleeping around, how could a young guy resist all these women throwing themselves at him etc Personally I think no famous musician or actor should commit to monogamy until he is at least 50 And no kids until at least 55 Rod was terrible to the women in his life until Rachel Hunter Ooooh, payback time She was the first woman he was ever faithful with and she dumped him because he was old stuffy she felt trapped He finally got it right with his current wife Rod is old enough and mellow enough to apparently be faithful to her He also seems to be a great Dad to his two youngest sons As for his older kids not such a great dad I mean, how many times has his kid Sean been in rehab Sean must talk a lot in therapy about how his Dad is so great with his much younger half brothers and was a terrible dad to him Tough luck there Sean.Rod also spends a lot of his book talking about his various passions While I am not into his hobbies of model trains football cars, I appreciate other people s passions What is interesting in another person is their love passion for something It would be boring to only be around people with similar interests I like hearing about things I don t know about and hearing about why a person likes something I googled Rod after reading this book came across a video of him weeping a few months ago after his beloved football won some big game Awww He really loves football His chapter on collecting art was pleasant to read I m not into the period of art he collects but I respect that he immerses himself into learning about it collecting it about the joy art gives him.This memoir would be a good beach read or airplane read Quick, funny, nothing too taxing A perfect frothy light hearted read No need to love his music


  7. says:

    Sometimes I read a musician s autobiography, and I like him herafterward Other times, as with this one, I m left wishing I hadn t read the book at all.This feltlike bragging rights than telling the story of his life I learned Rod Stewart is an unapologetic womanizer who loves football soccer to those of us in the U.S , trains, and flashy cars And that s about all I learned.Stewart comes from a modest family that appeared to be lower middle class Yet, when his career takes off, Sometimes I read a musician s autobiography, and I like him herafterward Other times, as with this one, I m left wishing I hadn t read the book at all.This feltlike bragging rights than telling the story of his life I learned Rod Stewart is an unapologetic womanizer who loves football soccer to those of us in the U.S , trains, and flashy cars And that s about all I learned.Stewart comes from a modest family that appeared to be lower middle class Yet, when his career takes off, he makes no mention of his family s reaction Did he help them out financially Were they happy for him Were they envious None of this is ever talked about Aside from mentioning his brothers and father in the context of football, we learn nothing about their relationship There is an entire chapter on his hair Granted, it s a short chapter and perhaps meant to be comical, but I did not need that much information on his grooming habits There is also an enormous amount of football talk I got the point that he loves the sport without the endless pages on the topic.He takes us through all his relationships, with the women he lived with, married, and cheated with He makes a point of letting us know they were all young and supermodels Some had children already, so he briefly played stepfather He also had a bunch of kids of his own along the way I lost count of how many Yet, aside from him pointing out what a big part he played in each of their births, it s like they didn t exist afterward Was it hard for him to leave them when he toured Did he take them Did he ever see them after divorcing their mothers After reading 400 pages, I don t know the answer to any of these questions.I would hope there isto Rod Stewart s life than the self important fluff he writes about here Though it says a lot about the man that this is what he chose to share


  8. says:

    Rod Stewart has been one of my idols along with Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee since I was a child If there is a person who has lived the perfect life as far as having love, friends, material goods and a jolly swell time, it is him His music has been the soundtrack of my life I have read other biographies by authors and longed for the day when the man himself would tell the tale After waiting a year after hearing of its release, I have read it in two days and loved it Rod Stewart fills his li Rod Stewart has been one of my idols along with Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee since I was a child If there is a person who has lived the perfect life as far as having love, friends, material goods and a jolly swell time, it is him His music has been the soundtrack of my life I have read other biographies by authors and longed for the day when the man himself would tell the tale After waiting a year after hearing of its release, I have read it in two days and loved it Rod Stewart fills his life story with plenty of humor and revelations concerning things that have been said about him Having said that I am one of thee great Rod Stewart fans means I will give this book a high rating However, if you are a rock music fan, especially concerning acts that were initially great in the 70 s, this book is for you I rate it right up there beside Keith Richards bio, which I loved Read 10 26 12


  9. says:

    Not a bad memoir from a rock star type of book, but still, the vacancy I feel after I read it feels so large in my head and heart At times charming, but alas, it is a life of sleeping with blondes, marrying blondes, having kids, the love of entertaining, the collection of 19th century art, and being rich The one thing among perhaps many is not to move into a one bedroom apartment The arena is his friend, and life is just a great kick The main reason I wanted to read this, because I m not r Not a bad memoir from a rock star type of book, but still, the vacancy I feel after I read it feels so large in my head and heart At times charming, but alas, it is a life of sleeping with blondes, marrying blondes, having kids, the love of entertaining, the collection of 19th century art, and being rich The one thing among perhaps many is not to move into a one bedroom apartment The arena is his friend, and life is just a great kick The main reason I wanted to read this, because I m not really a fan of Rod s music nor do I hate it mind you , but an interest in Mod culture He does touch on that, but as soon as he moves to America, it seems all lost to me Not him, he s having a great time But for me, at least the way he is portrayed on these pages, he s zero interest He does share a model train interest with Neil Young but


  10. says:

    Reading this book revealed the obvious, Rod s life consisted mostly of alcohol, drugs, and beautiful women The book seemed to focus mostly on the latter, and believe it or not, was a bit of a let down for me I already knew most of this by just reading the tabloids over the years What I wasinterested in was the stories behind the music I thought the book really lagged in this regard, and gives the impression that his musical career just kind of happened without much effort Of course, m Reading this book revealed the obvious, Rod s life consisted mostly of alcohol, drugs, and beautiful women The book seemed to focus mostly on the latter, and believe it or not, was a bit of a let down for me I already knew most of this by just reading the tabloids over the years What I wasinterested in was the stories behind the music I thought the book really lagged in this regard, and gives the impression that his musical career just kind of happened without much effort Of course, maybe I m just jealous of his charmed life