• Rod

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Rod Stewart
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.0 (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that. Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing alongside acts like The Rolling Stones, before his distinctively raspy voice and natural onstage presence caught the eye of the iconic guitarist, Jeff Beck.
An often-interesting two year stint with Beck’s group paved the way into the angst-inducing (for the world's hoteliers) five years with the Faces, whose offstage antics with alcohol, hotel rooms, and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write "Maggie May", among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell in excess of 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a bloke with a frog in his throat.
And then, there is his not so private life: marriages, divorces and affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars and supermodels - a struggle with steroid dependency, and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. Joyously entertaining and at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable story of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.
©2012 Rod Stewart (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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By Lisa on 09-13-13

Totally Entertaining

I knew his life would be full of fascinating, entertaining, funny stories and I fully expected to enjoy it, but I had no idea he's such a fantastically entertaining writer.

If you're interested in him already - definitely get it, you'll love it even more than you expect.
Detail, honesty and humour by the bucketload. Particularly loved hearing about the process of how certain classic songs came to be written, and all the detail about different bands and people he played with over the years - all written in a totally entertaining way. Always fast moving and entertaining. Never angsty or plodding. Of course not, it's Rod.

And even if you're not particularly interested in him - get it anyway. It's a brilliant read, never a dull moment. Everything you'd expect, plus fantastic descriptions of life in London and L.A the 50's, 60's, 70's. Lot's of it is hilarious and he comes across as such a likeable person, with the exception of how he treated some women along the way, but even that's O.K since karma eventually got him for it.

Not only highly recommended - he should write more books!!





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By Alison St Pierre on 11-18-12

Funny and Fascinating!

Funny, honest, interesting and excellently read! A social documentary of our times and an honest insight into an amazing life.

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By Mark H on 10-27-13

A candid insight into a charmed life

I really like Rod Stewart's music and his highly entertaining performances. So, I wanted to read more about his life, beyond what I had read in the tabloids. This autobiography provides a candid insight into the charmed life of a talented, but non-academic artist. It is completely congruent with the tabloid image of a free spirit who has had more than his fair share of fast cars, beautiful women, drugs and immense luck. On the one hand Rod appears to be amoral, self-centred and above the law. On the other hand, his honesty, charm and young at heart approach is hard not to warm to. He was a working class boy who grasped opportunities with both hands and brought joy to the masses, through his music and songs. This is a well told story of Rod’s life so far.

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By Dawn on 02-07-15

Interesting

What a life Rod has had but he seems rather down to earth. Listened to all his songs as kid

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By Stuart Penney on 07-01-14

Rod - starts out strong, but flags toward the end

Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

Simon Vance does a good job overall with the narration, but his Scottish accent needs work. Plenty of work. And the American pronunciation of some words (eg "schedule") jarred.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The early chapters with Long John Baldry, Jeff Beck and the Faces are by far the most interesting. After Rod moves to LA it's little more than a catalogue of shameless infidelity, shagging, substance abuse and overall excess ("So I hired a Lear Jet and flew to Hawaii" just about sums up the second half of the book)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, I simply enjoyed the early chapters about the London R&B scene. The LA excess years consisted of Rod endlessly boasting about his wealth/sexual prowess/Scottishness

Any additional comments?

I love Rod, but his attitude to women is about 100 years out of date.

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