Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart(4 out of 5 stars)

I have been a Rod Stewart fan since I was a  kid. It’s kind of hard not to have the man make an impression on me when my mom used to replay the 45 for “Do You Think I’m Sexy” repeatedly and then there were the videos…”Tonight’s The Night” in particular, with its soft core porn lighting and come hither glances to the camera during the video…not to mention the hair, the outfits. Maybe I sensed the fact that he was a  fellow Capricorn with odd tastes in clothes? Could be all of it. I’ve been a fan of his music for many years, and loving to read any music bio I can get my hands on, well, this sounded like a book I would like. And like it I did!

Reading about Rod’s childhood, you get the impression he grew up in a loving, supportive family. You also have glances of his very quirky sense of humor throughout. The best parts of the book, to me at least, were his reminisces of his friendships with Elton John, Ronnie Wood, Clive Davis, and others throughout the music industry. He’s remarkably self-depracating about his behavior in several of his relationships, and how badly he felt for giving in to his baser urges and deep-sixing long-term relationships. You also come away thinking that Rod’s current wife Penny is “The One” for him. The way he writes about her and their relationship, you feel unquestionable joy for him finally meeting his soulmate. You also laugh your butt off through a good portion of the book in which he tells singular anecdotes that he called Digressions. Great stories. He’s funny, unabashedly honest in all things, and he doesn’t pull punches with anything. It was a quick read, a funny read, and just a great autobiography. And the pictures- fantastic pictures from his private collection, I’m pretty sure there aren’t many that have seen the light of day prior to this book.

And The Hair? Yes, it does get its own chapter. And yes, it’s marvelous. Read on!

~ by generationgbooks on November 12, 2012.

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