Ronnie Wood had part of lung removed after cancer diagnosis…but refused chemo to keep hair –

His new book charts his lengthy career with images of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, as well as actors including Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro. 

Wood also described how the artist Damian Hirst was largely responsible for him finally leaving drugs and drinking behind after decades of abuse. 

‘I didn’t know Damien back then,’ said Wood. ‘I was living in Ireland in a mad cocoon and Damien just came over, took charge, put me in the back of a bread van (to avoid paparazzi) and got me on a flight back to London and took me to Life Works in Woking. 

‘I’d done rehab a few times before because it takes a long time to properly get clean. And when I finally came out of Life Works, Damien was there. He took me to this house that he’d stacked full of canvases, paints, brushes, easels, crayons – enough to furnish a whole art school – and he just said, “Go on then. Now start paying the rent.” 

‘Ronnie Wood: Artist’ is published by Thames & Hudson on August 21, priced £24.95 Top: Mick Voodoo, 1996: created during rehearsals for the Voodoo Lounge tour.