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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890524
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (811 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amiably and self-knowingly told... the tone pitched right and the jokes good…He writes articulately about music: where a drummer sits on the beat, or what makes a song bombproof. It's the work of someone who really knows his craft, and loves it." (Guardian)

"Behind the rock'n'roll persona, vividly portrayed in his new memoir, is a self deprecating man of manners...highly entertaining." (The Sunday Times)

"Quite the life you've led... the stories in here, I mean, I blushed a little" (Graham Norton)

"It really is a rollercoaster ride...It’s a proper book. It’s not frothy. It’s not candy flossy...It is no holds barred. You wrote it yourself, it’s so obvious. It’s your voice all the way through" (Chris Evans)

"The book is funny, vivid and even, at times, self-critical..." (Daily Telegraph)

"A rollicking rock'nroll story." (The Scotsman)

"Rod Stewart's fascinating autobiography is a colourful account of an extraordinary life" (Hello!)

"He gives you, rather generously, a guided tour into not only his life but the life of a rock star" (Different Scene)

"What we loved about this book is the feeling that you are having a personal conversation with Rod Stewart … highly recommended!" (Hot Brands Cool Places)

"It’s a brisk romp of a read" (Lynn Barber The Sunday Times)

"The tone is droll, surprisingly self-deprecating for such an apparent narcissist, and full of deadpan humour. There are whole chapters here where every page made me laugh out loud, hilarious anecdotes as finely honed as anything in Keith Richards’ Life." (Uncut Magazine)

"An eminently readable and richly entertaining journey through Rod’s life...with a real sense of fun pervading...a rollicking read" (Beat Magazine)

"Wonderfully written...a page-turner" (Pat Kenny)

"Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart's memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade" (Daily Mail)

"One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year" (Independent)

"Rod Stewart’s The Autobiography...is bright and funny and candid on the hair, the women, the drugs and the music. More than once Stewart will metaphorically throw his hands up, grin lopsidedly and admit he was someone who stumbled, time and again, upon outrageous good fortune, first with the Faces, then as a solo artist and catch-all celebrity jack the lad. Happily, you'll come out genuinely caring about him again..." (Rob Fitzpatrick’s roundup of the year’s best rock books The Sunday Times)

"Is laugh-out-loud funny….entertaining romp through 50 years of bad behavior" (The Daily Telegraph)

"A well-written traditional rock’n’roll saga." (Seven, The Sunday Telegraph)

"By far the best read...thanks to the singer’s warm, funny and unpretentious style...easily the rock star you’d most enjoy a drink with down the pub." (The Sun)

"The perfect balance of braggadocio and self-deprecation...remorselessly entertaining...a deserving winner of 2012’s big beast sweepstakes." (Independent on Sunday)

"Jaunty and laddish and immensely self-deprecating." (Daily Mail)

"Rod is emerging triumphant...a funny tale of mayhem." (Daily Star)

"Excellent, like listening to the guy in the pub who became a rock star but still drinks at the local. You don't sell 200 million records without knowing how to connect with people, and Stewart does that just as well on the page as in his songs." (Spectator)

"A brilliant romp, as picaresque, candid and funny as you'd hoped." (The Scotsman)

"Entertaining" (Evening Standard)

"There’s only one essential Rod Stewart purchase this Christmas: his autobiography...hilarious, frank and self-deprecating." (NME)

"Reliably funny...told not only with wry relish but masterly control." (The Arts Desk)

"The perfect light read over Christmas...honest and intriguing...it is, in short, something of a revelation." (Bringing up Charlie Blog)

"A terrific book and a great read..he has lived a life, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, he has the luxury of hindsight and a kind of Rod-ish wisdom…hilarious." (Daily Mail)

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'Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart’s memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade’ Daily Mail

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mrs L Bates on 12 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
Top notch witty writing makes this autobiography a pleasure to read. Rod Stewart has had such a brilliant life and his book covers everything from his early days with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, all of the ladies in his life, childhood exploits, hobbies and family to his music career up until now. Packed with loads of stories, many which are simply hilarious, I would have thought any Rod fan or anyone just wanting to read a decent celeb memoir for that matter, will be delighted with this book - I certainly am, and I am sure it will be popped into many a stocking this Christmas.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eldelou on 9 Nov 2012
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A must read for all Rod fans! A nice surprise to get the pictures at the end on my kindle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. W. Gregory on 6 Nov 2013
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I got this book because I had read some really good reviews. I am slightly disappointed because of them! Do not get me wrong this is an entertaining book written in an engaging cheeky chappie style and has its moments of amusement, I just found that for me there was a little too much leggy blond stories and to few music ones. I must admit I grew tired of often samey stories of meeting stunning blond, bedding stunning blond and dumping stunning blond for another stunning blond! I enjoyed the early days part of the book far more than the superstar status part of the book which is strangely how I am with his music as well.
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I've enjoyed his voice very much over the years, and wondered who he really was, a talented song stylist, a rock & roll hippie, Rod the Mod! Rod the Bod, Rod the tabloid twit, Rod the love Rat, the sensitive troubadour? Turns out he's all of these and many more, like most of us, he isn't all good or all bad,, but on the whole he seems to me to be a rounded man with a love of life and for his complicated family that suggests he's got his priorities right in the end. I'd like to know him, and I think he'd be a good mate, and I'm pretty picky on that score!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Louise Rabbitt on 25 Jun 2013
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Read this on holiday with my iPod playing all the songs mentioned in the book. An excellent read. Well done.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fairy Godmother on 8 Nov 2012
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Having been a fan of Rod Stewart for many years I couldn't wait to read his Autobiography and I wasn't disappointed. I believe that Rod has given an honest 'warts and all' account of his life and his anecdotes about his time on the road as a rock star were extremely funny. For Rod Stewart fans this is a must to read but even if you're not this book is an interesting account of a man who has been in the music business for over forty years and is still performing and making albums.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By H. Bruce on 12 Oct 2012
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Gotta give Rod creditafter Keith Richards book this an entertaining and well written book, it's certainly more honest about his musical shortcomings than many other such books and when he writes about the (many) loves of his life he shows he has real respect and feelings for the more permanent fixtures in his life. All in all a book to enjoy if you are a fan or not
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sandy roberts on 2 July 2013
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Its a great book love it find it very intresting but i am a rod stewart fan yes buy it
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