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  • Published: 3 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099574750
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Rod: The Autobiography

The long awaited autobiography of one of rock's legends.

'Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart’s memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade’ Daily Mail

‘One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year’ Independent

Rod Stewart was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths, ranging from gravedigging to professional football, it was music that truly captured his heart – and he never looked back.

Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing the clubs on London’s R&B scene, before his distinctively raspy voice caught the ear of the iconic front man Long John Baldry, who approached him while busking one night on a railway platform. Stints with pioneering acts like the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, and the Jeff Beck Group soon followed, paving the way into a raucous five years with the Faces, the rock star’s rock band, whose offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked hotel rooms and groupies have become the stuff of legend.

And during all this, he found a spare moment to write ‘Maggie May’, among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell an estimated 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a guy with a frog in his throat.

And then, there is his not-so-private life: marriages, divorces and affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women – Bond girls, movie stars and supermodels – and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away.

Rod’s is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice – and one hell of a head of hair.

  • Pub date: 3 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099574750
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Living Legend and in 2007 was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of The British Empire). In 2011, he kicked off a two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas joining a shortlist of elite musical superstars with the international drawing power to headline the Colosseum. He has garnered an estimated 250 million in album and single sales with hit songs including: 'Maggie May', 'Tonight's the Night', 'Hot Legs', 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?', 'Young Turks', 'Rhythm of My Heart', 'Stay With Me', 'Mandolin Wind', 'You Wear It Well', and many more.

Praise for Rod: The Autobiography

“…amiably and self-knowingly told... the tone pitched right and the jokes good…He writes articulately about music: where a drummer sits on the beat, or what makes a song bombproof. It's the work of someone who really knows his craft, and loves it.”


“Behind the rock'n'roll persona, vividly portrayed in his new memoir, is a self deprecating man of manners...highly entertaining.”

The Sunday Times

“Quite the life you've led... the stories in here, I mean, I blushed a little”

Graham Norton

“It really is a rollercoaster ride...It’s a proper book. It’s not frothy. It’s not candy flossy...It is no holds barred. You wrote it yourself, it’s so obvious. It’s your voice all the way through”

Chris Evans

“...the book is funny, vivid and even, at times, self-critical...”

Daily Telegraph

“A rollicking rock'nroll story.”

The Scotsman

“Rod Stewart's fascinating autobiography is a colourful account of an extraordinary life”


“He gives you, rather generously, a guided tour into not only his life but the life of a rock star”

Different Scene

“What we loved about this book is the feeling that you are having a personal conversation with Rod Stewart … highly recommended!”

Hot Brands Cool Places

“It’s a brisk romp of a read”

Lynn Barber, The Sunday Times

“The tone is droll, surprisingly self-deprecating for such an apparent narcissist, and full of deadpan humour. There are whole chapters here where every page made me laugh out loud, hilarious anecdotes as finely honed as anything in Keith Richards’ Life.”

Uncut Magazine

“an eminently readable and richly entertaining journey through Rod’s life...with a real sense of fun pervading...a rollicking read”

Beat Magazine

“wonderfully written...a page-turner”

Pat Kenny

“Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart's memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade”

Daily Mail

“One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year”


“It’s impossible not to warm to him in this account of booze, drugs and blondes…The tales of on-the-road bad behavior…leave nothing to the imagination…his painful admission of how ex-wife Rachel Hunter broke his heart reveal a man happy to wear his heart on his sleeve….And he wears it well…”

Daily Mail

“In Rod Stewart’s raucous, laddish autobiography….his attitude towards women in his life is frequently indefensible but otherwise it’s often laugh-out-load funny”


“Rod Stewart reveals all in a hilarious and, at times, moving book…A brilliant read—you’ll be hooked.”


“[Rod] has warm good humour and a nice line in self-deprecation...He wears it well—and tells it even better.”

Daily Mail

“By some distance the most entertaining of last year’s...rock star memoirs.”

Uncut Online

“This book takes readers on an adventure, that is at times deeply moving, through the life of one of the UK's greatest singers.”

Hello! online

“Ruthlessly entertaining”


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