The standard junkie-got-clean story, it’s a wild time through Jeff Beck Group to Faces to Stones. It’s full of loss, pain, joy, discovery, substance abuse, incredibly famous friends, financial highs (and lows), great music, and fine art. He’s lived one helluva charmed life.
So many times he comes off like a naif, though he tries to sell it as charming with a nudge and a wink. I think he’s just damn lucky he had people around him to catch him.
Still, and this is my bias showing, his music is pretty much unimpeachable, and his art is truly good. I know there’s more to the story after where this book ends (around A Bigger Bang), but as a one-off look at his life in general, it’s simultaneously interesting and maddening.