Bill Wyman has given an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post, talking about his new Bill Wyman Scrapbook, his early years with the Rolling Stones and his dreams of how his life would be growing up…

Bill has revealed a glimpse into his life growing up and the early years with the Rolling Stones as part of an interview with the Huffington Post to explore his Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook launch, which contains photos, notes and other intimate details of Bill’s career and life – both on and off stage.

The Huffington Post interview says:

Bill Wyman is an affable chap, as you would expect of a wealthy, happily-married rock star, with a big house – with moat – in the country, lots of friends, children, a band of his own still on the road and even his own restaurant still going strong.

So only a glimmer of bemused frustration passes his brow when the subject of the Rolling Stones, specifically the 50th anniversary gigs last year, comes up… was it like pulling on an old, comfy pair of slippers? He chuckles.

“You could say that… the nice thing was that my kids saw me on stage with the Stones. They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.

He shrugs. “I’ve always maintained that you can’t go back to things, and they can never be the same. It’s like a school reunion, or Tony Hancock’s Army reunion. If you try to go back and have a relationship with someone, it doesn’t work, and it’s the same musically. It doesn’t work. It was a one-off. Five minutes. Ok, never again. No regrets, we’re still great friends.”

But, contrary to most interviews, we’re not here to talk about the present, or the near past, because in front of us is a massive coffee-table book, in which Wyman, already a 7-times published author, presents his life, all the way from his wartime childhood in south London, which sounds straight out of something John Boorman would make a film about…

You can read the full interview here.

Photo credit: Graham Wiltshire