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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone

Jo Wood

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In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.

From teenage model to hard-partying rock 'n' roll devotee, through motherhood, marriage, breakdown, and the challenge of starting over again, Jo Wood has had a roller-coaster ride of a life. At the age of sixteen, Jo burst onto the British modeling scene and became a fixture at London's most glamorous parties. A few years later, just twenty-two years old and a single mom, she met Ronnie Wood and her life changed forever.

Holding nothing back, Jo paints an astonishing picture of the sex, drugs, booze, groupies, and—above all—the fun that filled her thirty years as a member of the Stones' inner circle. Telling never-before-heard stories about what life on the road with the Stones was really like, she offers intimate portraits of the band's legendary cast of characters, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jerry Hall, and Patti Hansen. She recalls the excitement of getting to know international A-list celebrities like Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, and Slash.

Jo also opens up about her family life with Ronnie: their passionate love affair, the demands of being a mother by day and a wild child by night, and eventually coping with Ronnie's increasingly difficult behavior as his addictions consumed him. For the first time, she reveals her heartbreaking account of what happened when Ronnie left her for an eighteen-year-old waitress, explaining how she was able to forgive, live without bitterness or regret, and find new happiness as an entrepreneur and organic beauty expert.

Including never-before-seen photographs from Jo's personal collection, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll is a compelling piece of rock 'n' roll history from a woman with a backstage pass and front-row seat. Enchanting, candid, and moving, this page-turning fairy tale of fame and fortune has the best of the era's many euphoric and reckless moments within its pages.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 01, 2013 – Memoirs written by rock stars' former spouses usually have an axe to grind or want to cash in on somebody else's fame. However, Jo Wood, who spent three decades as the girlfriend and then wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, actually treats "the unbelievably sexy" man with "little beady eyes, a big nose and no mouth" more than fairly here. A British model at 15, the former Josephine Karslake was a 22-year-old single mother when she met Wood, who introduced himself at a party by showing her the cover of the Stones' 1976 album, Black and Blue. An extravagant partier, she offers candid details of sex and drugs, but not much rock'n'roll. Jo's dream life eventually fell apart, first from a misdiagnosis of Crohn's disease and later when Ronnie began dating an 18-year-old, which led to his divorce from Jo in 2009. Stories about Keith Richards bring comic relief, and the final chapters detail the 58-year-old's forays into television and the organic-products business—though by then, her overuse of the term "adored" and constant referencing of the Stones as "the boys", along with her eager writing style, grow tiresome. Still, it's an interesting alternate view of the Stones legacy.

Customer Reviews


Read this in a day. What strikes me the most is her experience living with an alcoholic who happens to be a rock star. Doesn't matter if your rich and famous alcoholics and narcissism go hand and hand. Thank you for sharing this book very inspiring.


It was fair. I think it can be helpful to read such books as they help put things into perspective. Life can be so wasted and fame is so silly. It's a blessing not to be a rock star or someone in love with one.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 21, 2013
  • Publisher: It Books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
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