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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years with a Rolling Stone
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2013
I couldn't put this book down, it is packed with interesting, hilarious, sad and insightful stories. I had a few late nights thanks to Jo and her tales and am now exhausted. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the life of others, how the music industry works, nostalgia and how to move on after the end of a relationship.
This is a well written honest account of the life of a fabulous, entertaining woman, who has gone from teenage London model, to young mum, to rock chick, to business woman, via drugs, co-dependency, illness and heartache. Her zest for life and determination is inspirational, I loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2013
Really enjoyed it. You get a big insight of the Stones on tour. All about Ronnie Wood (good and bad) I also enjoyed all about Jo herself. She sounds a great fun lady and I felt sorry how Ronnie treated her in the later years of their married life. A very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
A nice read, well constructed and if you are interested in the "back stage" lifestyle of a Rolling Stone and his ex missus this is the book for you! I enjoyed it myself and Jo comes across as a nice person. She tells the tale of their breakup with no self pity or whinging. To be honest, and I'm a fan of Ronnie, she is probably better of without him, even if only half the stuff he did is true!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
A very interesting g book, she was very honest about her life, I read it in about 3 nights, wanted to keep on reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
If you have ever wanted to know what its like to be married to a Rock Star, this is the book for you.

I really enjoyed this book in ways that surprised me. It was funny, very descriptive and gave me a real insight into life in those days.

Gosh what a lot of crazy fun she (and the Stones) had, but wow lots of awful downsides too. Its amazing what the human body can go through drink and drugs wise too! I thought I used to party hard!

After I put the book down, (I read the whole thing in a few days staying up late!) I felt like I really knew Jo and can sense what she is like. The book is very well written, in an honest and friendly way. I know sometimes celebs get ghost writers to write their books but I would be surprised if she did get much help with it.

I actually want to get my mum a copy of this because she loved the stones, and probably envied Jo and all the other rock wives throughout the years.

This book really made me aware of what we all know to be true but sometimes forget: that money can't buy a perfect life and guarantee lasting relationships and happiness. Stars and wealthy people still have times where things are just so hard and awful. They all are just like us really but get to travel in nicer cars and planes, live in bigger houses and have better clothes. But they still go through big ups and downs.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was so insightful, raw, honest and inspiring. Jo hasn't had life so easy all the time. I Love how she is so into organics and sustainable living and she's doing a lot of good in the world now with her platform. I think if anyone is going through a rough patch out there, perhaps you have broken up with your husband then you might find solace in this book to help you find inspiration to really get to know yourself and to realise its not the end, it's the beginning! You can change the future in this instant!

I know if I ever saw Jo in the street, I could go up and say hi. She just seems like that kind of person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2013
This was easy to read, factual and interesting. Jo gave it her all, no smut, no crisies, no nasty tell-tales: just an easy story of an intersting, if not an easy life.
Jo has her family and her life, good on you girl.
Written in such a loyal way and plesant way. Write more Jo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
If you ever wondered why Jo put up with Ronnie for so long - well, you might find the answer in this book. Sadly I didn't. Although she freely admits to joining in with much of his excessive drinking and drug-taking for a few years, I can't imagine why she stayed with him, and put up with his drinking and affairs for so long. I hope that any money she has made from this book has enabled her to enjoy her life again, and be herself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2013
I picked this book up after reading a number of extracts which were serialised in the Sunday newspaper. Wonderful. Jo chronicles her life with Ronnie with amazing candour. She details the adventures she has with her ex-husband candidly and her eventual breakup with him. Jo comes across as a really likeable lady; she is very honest and her writing is effused with humour. I really like the way she describes how her adventures after being Ronnie's wife are still continuing and good luck to her. It is as if she has rediscovered her own identity and life. What she went through was heartbreaking but she has picked herself up and has now emerged as her own woman.

I really enjoyed this book. Jo has had some amazing experiences and met so many famous people. She really has lived the rock and roll life. Highly recommend this book. Brilliant :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2013
I always thought I liked jo but when reading and it was just about the drugs and partying whilst being a mum I struggled. It takes a long time for jo to come through at the other end - strong but then independent and creative - yeehah.
There is no credit to Ronnie. I thought he needed chucking 15 years previously. Good riddance. Silly vain man.
And no focus on Mick, well done for writing her own story so honestly. Keith comes across well.
Good luck jo you are a lovely woman.
Karen x
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