Spin has a positive take on Rod: The Autobiography, a new memoir by the 67 year old British rocker.
Calling Stewart’s book “a fun rollicking read” the music magazine compares it favorably to the recent autobiographical offerings of fellow musicians Neil Young and Pete Townshend.
The Forever Young singer dishes about the inspiration of “Maggie May”, his 1971 hit. When he was 16 years old and attending a Jazz Fest in London Stewart says:
“I lose my by then not remotely prized virginity to an older (and larger) woman who has come on to me very strongly in the beer tent…”
He also talks about his fear that nasally ingesting cocaine would damage his voice and how he got around that worry:
“So we started buying anticold capsules from the chemist’s, separating the two halves of the capsules, replacing their contents with a pinch of cocaine, and then taking the capsules anally, where, of course, the human body being a wonderful thing, they would dissolve effortlessly into the system.“
Last but not least, Stewart addresses one of the biggest pre-internet rumors EVER, that after a night in a gay bar in San Diego, he had to have his semen filled stomach pumped. He explains this was a vicious lie started by a disgruntled ex-manager, and says:
“I have never orally pleasured even a solitary sailor…And I have never had my stomach pumped, either of naval-issue semen nor of any other kind of semen.”
Now we just need Richard Gere to pin the gerbil rumor on Sylvester Stallone and we’re good.
Rod: The Autobiography is available at Amazon.