Previously published in hardback as Hey Jo, this is a moving and candid memoir from the woman who married the most controversial member of the Rolling Stones, and had the strength and courage to bounce back from heartbreak.
When young model and mother Jo met rock star Ronnie Wood, she had no idea what her brief flirtation with this brilliant, charismatic musician would become.
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.
About the author
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.
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.
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Couldn't put the book down!
What a fascinating insight into whirlwind world of the Rolling Stones and its entourage..
How are you still alive Jo?
This is the complete hand book on how to be the perfect rock legend wife. An essential on any would be rock chicks reading list and Jo you did it with such complete gusto and with total selfless love.
You are a beautiful person inside and out and an inspiration to all us women of a certain age..
Keep on Rockin Jo!
I really enjoyed this book, Jo Wood comes across as a lovely character, a tad too tolerant of the infamous Mr. Wood for too many years but hey, the things we do for love. Great stories of rock and roll excess but fundamentally a story of love and family life. Good luck Jo with your new life.