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How Can It Be?

A Rock & Roll Diary

Ronnie Wood

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 17.

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. More than 50 years later, Ronnie Wood presents his journal for the first time, with an introduction by Charlie Watts and much more in this signed book and record set.

'My own private world is in the diary.' Ronnie Wood

The Video

How Can It Be?

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The Diary

How Can It Be?

Ronnie Wood's original handwritten diary is shared here for the first time giving unique insight into his life and the period.

With a new commentary of over 12,000 words, Ronnie Wood shares memories from the Birds, the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, the Rolling Stones, and discusses musical peers and influences, including:

The Animals, The Artwoods, Long John Baldry, Shirley Bassey, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, The Birds, David Bowie, The Byrds, Eric Clapton, Spencer Davies, Deep Purple, Bo Diddley, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Everly Brothers, the Faces, Marianne Faithfull, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Gene Vincent, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Grateful Dead, The Hollies, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Hubert Sumlin, Elton John, Davy Jones, The Kinks, Alexis Korner, Lemmy, Little Walter, Martha & the Vandellas, John Mayall, Zoot Money, Moody Blues, Jimmy Page, Wilson Pickett, The Pretty Things, Jimmy Reed, The Rolling Stones, Sandie Shaw, Jimmy Smith, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, The Tremeloes, Jethro Tull, Muddy Waters, Stevie Winwood, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Yardbirds ...and many more.

'Our overspilling energy was enough to chase girls, write songs, rehearse, play... It was a continuous adventure.' - Ronnie Wood

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The Drawings

How Can It Be?

In How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, Ronnie Wood shares a series of original artworks inspired by the content of his diary. Friends and musicians such as The Who are featured as are early musical influences such as Howlin Wolf.

Others bring to life memories of everyday life: loading a van with his bandmates, or pushing a stalled car home. Drawings of the guitars and amps Wood used embellish his words - with new anecdotes often personally reproduced in Wood's own calligraphy.

'They capture the atmosphere. Some were done at the time, and others I've drawn from memory.' - Ronnie Wood
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The Photography

How Can It Be?

How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary includes rare and unseen photographs taken by Ronnie Wood's friends, family and bandmates.

Colour and black and white shots bring his stories to life, depicting 'strange photocalls', road trips and plenty of high-energy performances. Archival images also illustrate events in the diary, from seeing the Stones on TV to filming alongside Marianne Faithfull. Historical memorabilia - including newspaper clippings, album artwork, concert posters and contracts - are also reproduced throughout the book, and in facsimile as additional loose-leaf items.

'I was pleasantly surprised to find some of the stuff from the time, that I still cherish the memory of.' - Ronnie Wood

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The Author

How Can It Be?

After the Birds Ronnie Wood went on to take America by storm with the Jeff Beck Group. He then went on to play with the Faces before joining the Rolling Stones in 1975. Forty-five years later the Stones continue to make music history.

'None of us thought the Birds were going to be forever. I've always known that I was going to be established, go to America and be in the Rolling Stones.' - Ronnie Wood

'Ronnie is in the top flight as a musician,' comments art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, 'but he's also a fully trained artist... his striking study of Eric Clapton is worthy of the National Portrait Gallery.' Wood's work has been exhibited across the globe and his fans include President Bill Clinton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jack Nicholson and Sir Peter Blake.

'If I chose music, I'd always be drawing, and if I chose painting, I'd always be playing.' - Ronnie Wood

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The Limited Edition

How Can It Be?

In this limited edition of only 1965 copies each book is signed by Ronnie Wood.

The Collector Copies are numbered 351-1,965. Hand-bound in antiqued leather, with gold blocking and page edging, the binding replicates Wood's original diary down to its scuffs and scratches. Loose-leaf facsimile items include posters, nightclub tickets and rare photographs.

Within the book's slipcase a pull-out tray holds a 45rpm record featuring 'How Can It Be?'. The song was one of Ronnie Wood's first compositions, written for the Birds and recorded in 1965. The B-side unveils a new specially made recording of the same song. Wood has created the artwork for the 7in picture disc - a cubist-style self-portrait, complete with guitar and 1965 diary.

'We go to Genesis for quality.' - Ronnie Wood

How Can It Be?

A Rock & Roll Diary

Select from the following editions:

How Can It Be?

How Can It Be?

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  • Collector:
    1615 copies
  • Signed by:
    Ronnie Wood
  • Binding:
    Full leather with gilt tooling and page edging
  • Box:
    Archival slipcase
  • Extras:
    Loose-leaf facsimile items, including a fold-out poster, nightclub tickets and photographs, plus an exclusive 7" vinyl featuring two versions of "How Can It Be?" from 1965 and the present day
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