In the past few years, there has been a plethora of autobiographies and biographies from rock stars. It would seem there is quite an audience for them, even among book readers. Everyone from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, to Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, to Bruce Springsteen have written about their lives, or had their lives written about. Many of the stories are raw, scandalous tales of drug abuse and excess. Others are over-analyses of lyrics and song meanings. Still others simply do not ring true.
Among the best is ROD: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart. Stewart chronicles his entire life story from his birth in London during the last months of World War II to the present day. He narrates his youth as a fairly normal one, even though the times were anything but normal. There is a great deal of material dealing with the London music scene of the 60's, along with a few of the aforementioned tales of excess during the seventies and eighties. He talks candidly about his many famous romantic liaisons and his life today. There are great photos from his life, and even an entire chapter devoted to the famous hair!
Stewart comes across as a very down-to-earth person, someone that the reader can relate to. He writes engagingly of himself, his career and family. He obviously loves his children, and only makes one mildly negative comment about any of his exes, even going so far as to take the blame for the failure of his relationships. This is the story of a normal guy with an amazing talent. Rod Stewart fans will love this book, and music fans may find they have a new respect for Stewart and his music.
Recommended by Cindy Reeser