The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has released a new song, "Who Can It Be," as a companion to his book How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, a recreation of his 1965 journal.
Wood actually wrote the song (available exclusively at RollingStone.com) when he was 17 and a member of The Birds, and "How Can It Be" was released as the B-side of the group's third single in the U.K. After publishing the book, Wood decided to resurrect the song, recording it at Mark Knopfler's British Grove Studios in London, radically revising both the music and the lyrics.
The How Can It Be? book chronicles a particularly magical year in Wood's then-burgeoning career, and he tells us that he's happy he had the fortitude to keep track of everything that happened:
"It was all parts of the madness. I'd be writing things down and working almost every night of the week, so it's great just to find these little treasures...Just how many times that I ran into people like Eric Clapton on the road and Pete Townshend and...having Keith Moon come and stay over at my mum's house while they were hot in the charts, and Mitch Mitchell comes over when he was playing with Jimi (Hendrix). They would all accept me under their wing as if my group had had a hit record, too, just like them. They used to say, 'Don't worry, Ronnie. Keep it up. You're doing the right thing.'"
More information about How Can It Be? can be found at RonnieWoodBook.com.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.