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Hey Jo reviewed
on 26 March 2013
This is the story of a girl who’s definitely had more than her share of good fortune along the way, who went on to become the ultimate rock-chick. Living the rock 'n' roll dream of first class flights and top notch class As, she hung with arguably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet and partied harder than a lot of the rest of us put together. But somehow she managed to walk away from the Rolling Stones' roller coaster after 30 years of fast living, relatively unscathed, and with her looks and health still pretty much in tact. She concedes from the get-go that she wasn't the brightest light at school - more out of a lack of interest than capability - and it’s clear that for anything lacking academically, she more than makes up for in street-smarts. It’s difficult not to like Jo. She’s the archetypal Bohemian survivor and you get a real sense of her authenticity in this autobiography. For someone who’s been sprinkled with a rather liberal quantity of stardust, she seems to take it all pretty much in her stride, nor is she afraid of a bit of hard graft. Let’s face it, you can’t help but admire a woman who’s matched not only Ronnie Wood, but also Keith Richards, drink for drink, for a number of years, while simultaneously raising a family and ensuring her husband makes it to the church on time for Rolling Stones’ gigs - regardless of her own level of consumption the previous night. When the cracks begin to appear in her marriage her sense of loss is palpable. For decades she and Ronnie had been inseparable and seemed like they’d go the distance. She bravely took it on the chin when she finally accepted it was over and testament to her strength of character, she determined to salvage a friendship with her ex, despite his increasingly public betrayals. Hey Jo gives us a good-humoured peek into the diaries and memories of a model-turned-rockstar-wife - who surprisingly remembers quite a lot - and the day to day challenges of balancing hard drugs and domesticity. As the saying goes: You can have it all. Just not all at once.