Crown ArchetypeRod Stewart dishes on his wild rock lifestyle in his new no-holds-barred memoir, Rod: The Autobiography. Appearing on Wednesday's Good Morning America, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said that he feels that both he and the book are very honest.
"Well, it's the only way to be when you write a book, I think," said Rod, adding that honesty is important in order "to destroy some of the myths and some of the half-myths, which I've attempted to do."
One myth that Rod addresses is that of his trademark spiky hairstyle, revealing his secret styling tip. "We had to use hot water and sugar to make it stick up," Rod told ABC's Lara Spencer. "The products weren't invented in those days."
Another myth? That his 1978 single "Da Ya Think I'm ****," was about him. Rod explained, "It's in the third person. It's me commentating on a situation. So it was never about me."
Rod: The Autobiography is available now, and soon, Rod will have a new album to go along with it. While he's releasing a Christmas album on October 30, he tells Billboard that his long-awaited new rock album is "all done."
"I produced it myself. It's all finished, mixed, everything...Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album...a lot of mandolin and acoustic [guitar] and fiddles and good storytelling, I believe, too," says Rod.
Stewart reveals that one song on the disc, "Love the Life You Live," is tentatively scheduled to be the album's title track, and it'll be out in the spring of 2013. It'll be the first Rod Stewart album in over 10 years to feature original material.
Speaking about his ability to write songs, which he figured was gone, Stewart says, "It's been just flowing like a river. The songs just keep going. An issue which I thought had long past and which I'd given up, songwriting, has come back, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."
Rod says he plans to play some of the new tunes on a U.S. tour planned for February and March.
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