On Sept. 11, 2015, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is doing a rare public Q&A at Waterstones in London’s Piccadilly Circus section to promote “How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary,” his diary from 1965. Genesis Publishing, which specializes in limited-edition collector’s books from rock artists, is publishing the book, which will be available in the U.S. on Sept. 22, 2015.
Here is the description of the Q&A event from the Waterstones website:
Ronnie’s adventures on the road to superstardom were handwritten in his private diary of 1965. Now, celebrating a life in music, Ronnie Wood guides us through the pages of his rediscovered journal. Featuring fascinating recollections of legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Pete Townshend, with his entertaining new commentary, hand-drawn illustrations, and rare photos and memorabilia. Tickets are £27 which includes a special copy of “How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary” to be collected at the event. (A booking fee will apply.) The copy will be a first edition and includes a special commemorative bookplate with facsimile signature and self-portrait. Please note that due to time constraints there will be no opportunity for a public signing.
As previously reported, here is the description of “How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary” from the Genesis website:
Ten years before he joined the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood’s musical apprenticeship with The Birds catapulted him onto the stage of swinging London’s music scene, aged just seventeen.
“I suppose my own private world is in the diary.” – Ronnie Wood
Featuring a cast of characters including Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Marianne Faithfull and many more, the story of Ronnie’s adventures was handwritten in his 1965 diary. Inspired by its discovery 50 years later, Ronnie Wood presents his journal for the first time, plus much more in a major new book for 2015.
In 2012, Genesis published “The Faces 1969-75,” a limited-edition memorabilia book from The Faces, the band that Wood was in from 1969 to 1975. He toured with the Rolling Stones in 1975, while “on loan” from the Faces, and then Wood officially joined the Rolling Stones in 1976. Wood (who was one of the original members of the Faces) did reunion tours with the Faces in 2010 and 2011. The tour lineup also included original Faces members Kenney Jones (drums) and Ian McLagan (keyboards); lead vocalist Mick Hucknall (who substituted for original Faces singer Rod Stewart, who has declined to do a Faces reunion tour); and bass player Glen Matlock, who replaced the late Ronnie Lane. The Faces were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. McLagan died of a stroke in Dec. 3, 2014. As previously reported, Wood, Stewart and Jones (the three surviving original members of the Faces) are set to reunite for a Rock’n’Horsepower charity concert at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, England, on Sept. 5, 2015. Jones and Stewart are the chief organizers of the annual charity concert, which is a benefit for Prostate Cancer U.K.
Wood’s memoir, “Ronnie,” was published in 2007. His other books include the art collections 1988’s “The Works” and 1998’s “Wood on Canvas: Every Picture Tells a Story,” which was published by Genesis.