I was just reading an autobiography of Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones when I realized that I was at some of the concerts he was talking about...
Although my favorite genre tends to be Science Fiction, I tend to bounce around quite a lot (so long as I'm reading something I'm a happy camper). I also tend to have several books on the go at any particular time; for example, I'm currently reading a detective novel set in Ancient Rome, the latest Simon Green Science Fantasy tale in his "Nightside" series, and an autobiography by Ronnie Wood.
Meanwhile, while walking, I'm listening to a Georgette Heyer mystery called The Unfinished Clue on my iPod (it's not my fault, I loaded it on there for my mother while she was visiting last summer ... it automatically started playing a couple of days ago after my last book ended while I was in the middle of a walk ... and now I'm hooked ... I think I worked out "who did it" during last night's amble ... hopefully all will be revealed this evening).
But we digress... over the last few years I've been reading quite a few rock-and-roll autobiographies [OK, I know that it's only rock 'n roll (but I like it)]. I started with Eric Clapton's offering, which had mixed reviews, but which I personally found to be fascinating. In many ways our lives have been almost identical – we both grew up in England, for example – the only trivial differences being the phenomenal guitar-playing ability, the outrageous amounts of drugs and alcohol, and the access to countless nubile, scantily-clad young ladies ... but enough about me ... I'm sure Eric managed to have fun also (grin).
Anyway, the reason I'm waffling on about this is that I'm currently deep in Ronnie Wood's autobiography (did you know that he came from a family of water gypsies, and that his was the first generation to be brought up on dry land?) Yesterday evening I reached that part where he mentioned that the Rolling Stones played at the open-air Knebworth Festival in the summer of 1976 and I thought: "Good grief, I was there!" A little later, he mentioned that The New Barbarians (featuring Ronnie and Keith Richards) played at the 1979 Knebworth Concert backing up the lead act – which was Led Zeppelin (the last time they played in the UK before their drummer, John Bonham, passed away) – and I thought : I was there also!"
I was the one in the tie-die T-shirt jumping up and down in the middle of the field ... I wonder if Ronnie remembers me ... we'll have so much to talk about if we ever meet (although I'm afraid I might disappoint him, because I no longer give out autographed pictures of myself :-)
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=51, R=314|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=153.00, A=176.12, Δ=+23.12, R=823.88|
|Note:|| I need to pick up the pace a bit...|
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