Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Monday, June 23, 2008

Rolling like a Stone

Ronnie Wood is long time member of the Rolling Stones. I saw him talking about his biography , Ronnie, on Top Gear and decided to give it a try.

Raised in council flats near London's Heathrow airport, Wood grew up in a working class family, who knew how to have a good time. The family also had a very strong musical and artistic bent. Wood learned the guitar and played in a series of increasingly well known bands and finally left the Faces to join the Stones.

Wood is a good writer or his ghost writer knew how to capture his voice. I also enjoyed seeing his art through out the book. His journey is an interesting one.

However I found the drug use in the book to be overwhelming. Long before he was ready to shape up, I was wondering why on earth someone wasn't stepping in to help him. At one point he mentions that his first wife kept their son away from him. I was not suprised. He didn't give up the drinking until 2002 or 3.

So give it a whirl. He's led an interesting life and has a genuine interest in the roots of his music and the older musicians. His art is a nice side of his story too.


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