- Tapa dura: 336 páginas
- Editor: HarperCollins (28 de febrero de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0007458460
- ISBN-13: 978-0007458462
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Hey Jo (Inglés) Tapa dura – 28 feb 2013
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Told with startling honesty and humour, Jo Wood takes you behind the scenes of life married to Ronnie Wood, the most controversial member of the Rolling Stones and how she bounced back from heartbreak. From teenage model to rock-chick, motherhood to marriage breakdown and starting over again in her 50s, Jo’s had a roller-coaster ride of a life.
A raw and rollicking narrative from the eye of the storm, Jo’s extraordinary story of life as a Rolling Stone girlfriend, then wife, mother and more, is a never-before-heard account of the heady hedonistic Ronnie Wood years – the drugs, the roadies, the tours, and the booze – and a celebration of her new-found happiness as an entrepreneur, fashion icon and beauty expert.
Following the public breakdown of her marriage, Jo moved on with a dignity and lack of bitterness that won her fans across the country. Now a successful businesswoman, a passionate campaigner of pure, organic living, and a thriving name in fashion, Jo has learnt to embrace her new found vitality, and in doing so has become the heroine of everyone from 20-something fashionistas to Strictly Come Dancing devotees.
This is Jo’s journey, from the breathtaking highs of her and Ronnie’s shared infatuation and love, to the devastating lows of his sudden disappearances, drug-induced mania and seizures, and how she learned to walk away without regret or bitterness, and forgive.
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Legendary beauty and rock chick Jo Wood toured the world for 30 years with the Rolling Stones. She is now a beauty entrepreneur and fashion icon, combining glamour and a healthy organic lifestyle. She has 4 children – Jamie, Jesse, Leah and Tyrone, and 6 grandchildren – Charlie, Leo, Kobi, Arthur, Lola and Maggie.
Jo has toured the world with her family since 1977 and is infamous for travelling with her own portable cooker so she could make an organic fry up wherever she went! The family have lived in both New York and Los Angeles and are now firmly rooted back in London.
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Still, as a wise reviewer here on Amazon once pointed out, a review of a biography ought to be about how good the book is, not on whether or not the reader approves of the choices the subject made or the way s/he lived his/her life. That's why I'm giving this book five stars. It was a good read. I normally alternate between reading several books at one time, but this book was so good that I found myself ignoring the other books on my Kindle.
There were certainly things that bothered me about the book. One is a picture of 15 year old Jo strutting in front a line of leering soldiers. Another was Jo offering drugs to her kids because she thought it was best to learn about these things at home. I was also bothered by the way Jo put drinking and drugging with Ronnie over her kids welfare because she thought--no doubt correctly--that he might dump her if she didn't party with him. She claims she was always a good mother, but how can that be when one is locked in the bathroom free basing or crashing until four in the afternoon. Thanks goodness they had a good nanny.
I didn't have a strong opinion about Ron Wood when I started reading this book. To me, the Stones are all about Jagger and Richards. By the end of the book, I really disliked Wood. Apart from the substance abuse, he was self-absorbed, short tempered, and cold. Jo couldn't even trust to leave him in charge of his own children while she went out because of his very bad temper. In the end 62 year old Ronnie left Jo for a teenager. Well, Jo finally grew up and matured, while Ronnie never did.
This book is a little like watching a train wreck in progress--but a very interesting train wreck.
If you didn't live the rock 'n roll lifestyle during those years it's understandably hard to get where she was coming from.
I'm a few years younger than Jo and didn't get into the music biz on a "professional" level until 1980. But in my own way I, too lived the dream of "it's only rock 'n roll but I like it".
I wasn't married to a rock star but I was on the crew for many different bands ( first as a lighting designer then later as catering consultant ) and got to be a guest ( of my audio engineer hubby ) on many other tours.Not going to name-drop but I was lucky enough to be on most of the major tours of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Unfortunately I never got to work on a Stones tour but know some folks who did.
I don't want to excuse the rampant drug use back then and it's tragic so many got caught up as badly as they did.
Thankfully I was one of the lucky ones able to indulge without becoming addicted but boy do I ever understand why some got lost.
I've read many memoirs by others who were also road rats during that time; many are nowhere near as honest as this...and let me say here and now that "road rat" is NOT a derogatory term but simply what many of us called ourselves back then. It wasn't considered as demeaning as "roadie" and way above the names we called some groupies back then. A road rat was a hard working member of the crew; band and management included.
Jo's memoir is one of the most honest depictions of what life on the road was like back then:
Back in the day when some crew members were "paid" for certain off-the-books chores with ounces of cocaine...after all it kept us awake enough to perform our duties. Back in the day when someone like Jo was young enough to trust her kids would be OK with their caretakers and usually were for the most part. Back in the day when those of us bitten with the insatiable urge to be part of the rock 'n roll lifestyle would tally up any costs later. Back when we were young enough to be so in love with our mate who was in the biz that we embraced it all. Back when we loved the whole rock biz so much we'd do anything to be part of it. Back when being 50 years old seemed light years away.
What touched me the most is how she talks about how fast you get dumped by people you considered great friends when your association with whatever band comes to an end...for whatever reason. It's one of the most hurtful things imaginable and something I've endured more than once. In rock 'n roll, your best buddies are there only as long as you're part of the club.
The second you're not....no one wants to know you.
Those who have never experienced such a thing...imagine if everyone you know and cherish in your life apart from blood relatives all of a sudden decided you no longer matter.
If you're looking for a gut-wrenchingly honest account from someone who was a member of an inner rock royalty sanctum and lost that....read this book.
Jo if you read this, all I can say is thank you for your honesty and GO girl!