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English rocker Ron Wood became the Rolling Stones' guitarist in the mid-1970s, and is now a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
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"Apart from keeping my chops intact between tours, I get to be the boss," he said. "When it's with the Stones, I'm working as a unit ... But when it comes to a solo outing, the world is your oyster—provided that you have the material."
Although he was successful in his solo endeavors, it was for his membership in the Stones that Wood was first inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his bandmates in 1989. Wood was inducted a second time on April 14, 2012,
along with members of Faces. Wood is one of only 18 people to have been inducted more than once.
Wood was married twice, first to Krissy Findlay, and then to Jo Karslake. He has three biological children: son Jesse with Findlay; and daughter Leah and son Tyrone with Karslake. Wood also raised Jamie, Karslake's son from a previous relationship. During his marriage to Findlay, Wood had an affair with Pattie Boyd, who was married to Beatle George Harrison at the time.
In July 2008, Wood ran off with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress, Ekaterina Ivanova; the pair met at an escort bar at 4 a.m., when Wood was "boozed out of his mind," according to a Daily Mail article. Wood's affair with the young woman made headlines. In a statement to the Daily Mail, Wood's publicist spoke about the relationship: "She is a drinking partner. When you're an alcoholic and your family are all telling you to stop drinking, you simply find someone else to drink with ... He's fallen off the wagon big time."
The ITN News Agency reported in 2008 that Wood had checked into rehab for his alcoholism seven times. Karslake divorced Wood in November 2009, despite the end of his affair with Ivanova.
By 2012, Wood had his own show on Absolute Radio, and was nominated at the 2012 Sony Awards as the Music Radio Personality of the Year—an award he also won in 2011. He was also displaying his art at various exhibits, including one named "Faces, Time and Places," which opened in New York City in April 2012, and ran for three months.
Other major events Wood celebrated in 2012 were his 65th birthday and the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary, which he likened to "training for something big," according to The Associated Press. "It's like working out for the Olympics of something," he was quoted as saying. "You've got to go into training. So we're going to go into training."
Whether he performs solo or with the Stones, Wood makes waves. "Is there a more quintessential wrinkled old rocker than the 64-year-old Ronald David Wood?" So begins an article about the rocker published in February 2012, on The Independent Newspaper's website. The article also calls Wood "rock's greatest survivor."
On Wood's 65th birthday (June 1) in 2012, the Toronto Sun published an article on its website that praised the rocker and his effect on rock 'n' roll. "His iconic shock of black hair and hell-raising lifestyle set the benchmark for rock 'n' roll wannabes," read the article, "and continues to be an influence on budding musicians for generations to come."
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