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3.0 out of 5 stars As long as I'm happy, 7 Jun 2009
This review is from: Ronnie (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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