19 December 2009

Ronnie: The Biography

by Ronnie Wood

St Martin’s Griffin (Pan Macmillan). Adult Non-Fiction, Biographical. Paperback rrp $24.95

Guest Reviewer – Ian Brown

This is Ron Wood’s story in his own words. It begins with his childhood in a close knit family where both of his older brothers were artists and musicians.

Ronnie: The Biography documents his career from the early sixties, in various bands, to the late sixties where he joined up with Rod Stewart and the Small Faces. After Steve Marriott left, the band changed its name to the Faces.

From the late sixties to the mid-seventies the Faces were a major success. After the band split, Wood joined the Rolling Stones. He also is an accomplished artist who with his sons, owns a London art gallery called Scream. Wood trained at the Ealing Art College and has paintings featured at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. Liberty & Co has produced a clothing line using fabrics printed with his designs.
In his biography, Wood is very frank about his personal life - his battle with the bottle and various other drugs, the women in his life and his two marriages. The list of musicians he has worked with, or who have played on his solo projects, includes just about every major artist from the last 40 years; Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and David Bowie, to name a few.

This is a fascinating book. Ronnie Wood is a great story teller and as someone with such a long history at the forefront of the music world, he has a lot of stories to tell.


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