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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1 edition (12 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230701310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230701311
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...generally Ronnie is out to entertain and amuse, much as you suspect he would be in real life'
-- Spectator

'Matey and conversational, it reads as if Ron is sharing a bottle of Chivas Regal with you'
-- Times

'Ronnie Wood is one of rock's true originals and this is his story told in his own unmistakable voice.' -- North East Times Magazine

'Wood is a charming guide and offers useful suggestions such as 'never holiday with a dealer, or the mafia' -- FT Magazine

'Wood's gift for friendship has carried him through a life of extraordinary highs and wretched lows'
-- Sunday Times

'[The]book comes into its own by providing details absent from other biographies'
-- Q

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'Hilarious adventures...The list of people Wood partied with is mind-boggling.' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrenalin Streams on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
Ronnie Wood has the reputation for being rock's Mr Nice Guy. A moderately talented musician (and pretty reasonable artist) who has gone a long way by fitting in with the great and the good. Indeed he has done this for so long that he has joined the pantheon of rock legends himself. The good bits of the book are those where Ronnie narrates what it was like to be in at the start of the British rock 'n roll boom of the 60's, the excitement tempered by the grind of constant touring with very little money, only relieved by the excesses of youth. I also like hearing about his art career. From the content side, what is missing for me is detail about the creative side of the Stones, and how Ronnie came to write songs that made it on albums, or didn't - the details about the Stones are no more revealing than available in most other books written by outsiders. However, my biggest downer is nothing to do with the book's structure but relates to Ronnie himself. My long held view of Ronnie the nice guy was exploded completely by this book. The levels of selfishness he displays to family and friends is staggering - over four decades it seems to be a case of "as long as I'm happy then that's all that matters". In some ways Ronnie is quite brave to let us see him warts and all, but I'm not convinced he intended to paint such an unflattering portrait of himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
As Ronnie Wood says himself, he is the "new boy" of the Rolling Stones -- meaning he's only been a member for more than thirty years.

But he certainly isn't lacking interesting stories. In fact, "Ronnie: The Autobiography" is crammed with good-natured recountings of the wild world of rock'n'roll's golden age. Wood has a mellow, nostalgic style, loaded down with plenty of humour and artwork.

Wood was born to a quirky family of water gypsies, won attention as a child for his artwork, and when he was grown, immersed himself in the rising tide of rock'n'roll. He performed with Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, and nearly became part of Led Zeppelin -- and after the Faces broke up, he was asked to join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for Mick Taylor.

And that was only the beginning -- Wood became part of a tight-knit, well-oiled machine of friends and colleagues, who were soaked in drugs, sex and classic rock'n'roll. He recounts weddings, funerals, divorce, births, drug arrests in Arkansas, exploding septic tanks, cocaine, Monty Python, and lots and lots of music-making...

Reading "Ronnie: the Authobiography" is a little like sitting down with a grizzled rock veteran, having a beer, and listening to him reminisce about his wilder days. Wood seems to have had a relatively stable life compared to his bandmates Jaggger and Richards, but by no means a boring one -- it gets more interesting as soon as he joins up.

As well as art and music, Wood has a knack for words -- he has a pleasant, conversational style, and he puts in all kinds of shriekingly funny stories (and unnerving ones, like Keith chasing him with a knife) in an arch, deadpan manner.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Ree on 24 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
An incredible story, Ronnie was much more than I expected. 60 years old and still rockin', this man has done it all. From a small house in london to the world's biggest stages, Ronnie has had an hilarious, moving, dangerously exciting six decades and this highly readable memoir will stay with you for a long while. The book rolls you through the ups and downs of his life, his 'relationship' with girls, booze and drugs, his love for music and art and his travels with Rod, Kieth, Mick and the rest of rocks unmentionables.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chas Lawson on 29 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ronnie Woods, a member of one of the worlds greatest bands, reveals his life story so far. From his gypsy start, to the bands he's played in and his time as an artist. This autobiography is great. I could not put it down once I started reading it. The book is a wonderful read and you can't help but to tell the nearest person some of the stories Ronnie is telling you as you read it. There are many laughs throughout this book, as well as shocks, and by the end of it you'll be wanting to buy yourself a guitar so you can start your own band. Fantastic book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bodicoat VINE VOICE on 1 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
Received this as a Chrissy present and got started on it straight away. Having been brought up with the music of the 60's I found Ronnie's stories amusing and wasn't surprised at the names that he frequently dropped. There were some great stories and characters around at that time. For me the book starts to wane after he joined the Stones and the drugs and booze kicked in. To keep admitting that you can't remember albums, recording sessions, etc and laughing off or glorifying the drug taking depressed me. Amazing that he continues to remember the names though! I couldn't wait to get through the last half of the book but for the wrong reasons, and it never got any better. Someone mentions selfishness in another review, I can see that and of course current events prove it even further. What a crying shame.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gypsy Davey on 11 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this book because I like the image of Ronnie Wood - hard drinking, womanising rock star with a soft centre and a second career as an above average artist. Sadly "Ronnie" did not live up to the promise. Ronnie Wood has had a very interesting life, in his imagination anyway. Large parts of this book are hard to believe, and I got the sense that he was writing what people wanted to have happened rather than what actually did.

Sexual indiscretions are recounted ad nauseam (Ronnie doesn't kiss and tell, he shouts it from the rooftops), and the constant name-dropping becomes depressingly tedious. His best friends include other musicians (as one would expect), artists and painters, sportsmen and women (he apparently played tennis with John McEnroe), politicians and of course their wives.

"Ronnie" is not a book that I would recommend, and it strengthens my belief that it is better to stick to biographies rather than autobiographies when dealing with people with huge egos. I gave it one star because of its sheer audacity. Oh, and he finishes off by suggesting his next literary venture might be a work of fiction - you've already done it Ron!
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