This May, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will release a limited-edition book that will give fans an intimate look at his life during his early music career. How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary features an exact reproduction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s personal handwritten journal from 1965, when he was just 17 years old and playing in the U.K. group The Birds, not to be confused with the U.S. band The Byrds.
Wood was inspired to put the book together after recently rediscovering the diary. In the journal, the rocker discusses his adventures in the mid-’60s London music scene, including his interactions with such celebrities as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Marianne Faithfull and many others. The publication also will feature the rocker’s recollections about that period in his life, rare photos and memorabilia, and a series of new illustrations Ronnie is creating specifically for the book.
“This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had,” says Wood in a statement. “We’d be travelling the length and breadth of the country every day. With youth on our side, it was a continuing adventure. Our overspilling energy was enough to take care of work every night of the week. It was enough to chase the girls, enough to write songs, enough to rehearse and enough to travel. It was all go, all the time.”
Only 1,965 copies of How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary will be made available for purchase, each one signed by Ronnie. You can pre-order the book now at RonnieWoodBook.com.
After The Birds disbanded, Wood became a member of the Jeff Beck Group in 1967, then joined The Faces in 1969. His tenure with The Rolling Stones began in 1975, when he replaced Mick Taylor.