The Rolling Stones‘ guitarist Ronnie Wood has spoken about his early career and his ambition to join the rock’n’roll band.
Wood, who joined the band in 1975, will publish his teenage diaries later this month (May). Titled How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, the book will be released via Genesis Publications.
Prior to joining The Rolling Stones, Wood was in the bands The Birds, The Creation and The Faces. Now, speaking in this month’s issue of Uncut, Wood has described his career as “one long audition to join The Rolling Stones”.
“You’d see the Stones around and my ambition was always to be one of them,” Wood says. “I never thought The Birds would be the next Stones. They were just a stepping stone. The limitations were obvious and it was no surprise when it ground to a halt. It was a great learning curve… but I had higher ambitions.”
“Sometimes I feel that my whole career with The Birds, Jeff Beck and The Faces was one long audition to join The Rolling Stones. I still think of myself as a fan as much as a band member. When I first heard their stirring music coming from the tent at the Richmond Jazz And Blues festival in 1963 something happened inside me and I knew that was the band I wanted to be in.”
“The thought of being in the Stones is what gave me the drive to carry on. It was the atmosphere that lured me as much as the music, the raggedness, the glory, the image – it looked like a good job.”
How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary will be limited to 1,965 copies. It follows on from Wood’s autobiography Ronnie, published in 2007.