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Rod Stewart on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

Veteran rock growler Rod Stewart has been reminiscing about the bad old days of rock star excess. Worried about damaging his nasal passages with excessive cocaine use, the younger Stewart found other ways to ingest the drug.

"We started buying anti-cold capsules from the chemist's," he recalls in a new autobiography, "separating the two halves of the capsules, replacing their contents with a pinch of cocaine, and then taking the capsules anally, where, of course, the human body being a wonderful thing, they would dissolve effortlessly into the system."

Not exactly a glamorous image, but Stewart does seem keen to shatter some of the myths about his career in the new book, entitled, unimaginatively, Rod: The Autobiography.

Another unedifying episode recounts how Stewart lost his virginity to a lady he describes as "old and larger", in the romantic setting of a beer tent at the 1961 Beaulieu Jazz Festival. He drew on the incident for his worldwide hit 'Maggie May'.

Continuing the list of salacious reminiscences, Stewart admits that he and band mate Ronnie Wood were too intimidated to participate in legendary groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster’s penchant for making replicas of her conquests’ intimate areas. They felt they couldn’t measure up to the impressive souvenir left by Jimi Hendrix. "I said, 'Hmm. Nah, I don't think so, thank you'."

Stewart recently admitted to the Daily Mail that he and Wood enjoyed each other’s company more than that of women. "Me and Ronnie just got tired of sex after a while, and we were only in our early 20s," he said. "Come to think of it, we always got more fun out of each other, me and Ronnie, than we did with the girls we were with."

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