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Recording ‘How Can It Be?’, British Grove Studios, 8th April 2015

Ronnie Wood remembered keeping a diary when he was 17, but thought it had been lost many years ago. When it became apparent Ronnie’s family had preserved his ‘Executive Diary’ of 1965, Genesis Publications began work on a facsimile edition. Replicating the antiqued leather binding, down to its scuffs and scratches, a craftsman-bound limited edition of 1,965 copies was decided upon. Above photograph by Nick Roylance; front page photograph by Ross Halfin

Ronnie’s new artworks include paintings of The Who at the Marquee Club (below); his customised Telecaster (right); and a selfportrait featuring his 1965 diary, as used on the limited edition 7” vinyl (bottom right).

Further research unearthed unseen photographs and memorabilia, and Ronnie added an original text commentary. Ronnie penned anecdotes in his own calligraphy, and was even inspired to create a series of artworks. His new drawings feature friends and musicians such as The Who, and early influences such as Howlin’ Wolf. A special recording session resulted in Ronnie revisiting one of his earliest compositions, ‘How Can It Be?’, 50 years on. The single is now available as an audio accompaniment to Ronnie’s diary.

Order online: Ronnie’s signed, leather-bound edition is limited to 1,965 copies

Recognising a life in music and 40 years as a Rolling Stone, Ronnie has chosen to celebrate where it all started with his 1965 diary. His new drawings and paintings are published as framed artworks for collectors to own, and How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary is available as an artist-signed, numbered book and vinyl boxed set. It is the latest addition to the Genesis library. Since 1974 nearly 100 such limited editions have been created with renowned authors, as varied as they are many, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton,Yoko Ono, Jimmy Page, Lou Reed and Ringo Starr. See more and order from our website. |

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