Octopus gets Stoned as Wood writes Stones story

Octopus gets Stoned as Wood writes Stones story

Octopus imprint Cassell Illustrated has acquired an intimate portrait of the Rolling Stones by Jo Wood, wife of guitarist Ronnie, featuring 500 never-before-seen photos, notes and diary entries.

Senior commissioning editor Joe Cottington acquired world rights in all languages from Kevin Pocklington at the North Literary Agency. Stoned: Photographs and treasures from life with the Rolling Stones is published on 5th September.

The synopsis reads: "Married to the Stones' legendary guitarist Ronnie for 30 years, Jo Wood lived the rock star life – from all-night parties, sell-out shows and recording sessions to relaxing with the band on holiday, at home and away from it all. Her incredible collection of treasures from this time is a once-in-a-lifetime look behind the scenes of the biggest band in the world, showing the real people underneath the rock star personas."

Cottington said: "I’m so excited to be publishing Jo’s incredible book. Her collection really has to be seen to be believed – it’s the hidden face of the Rolling Stones, a look inside the crossfire hurricane."

Wood explained: "These pictures are real and were never taken with a book in mind. They show the band off guard, without having to worry that it was another photo shoot. It’s about real life, on the road with a bunch of guys who happened to be in a fantastic band, all too often in the public gaze but more importantly away from it as well. The book is a celebration of my family and friends, a thank you to my past, and a look into a rock and roll moment in time."