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Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful Hardcover – November 3, 2009

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You think you know Bon Jovi, but you don't until you open this book. With gorgeous, exclusive photographs and revealing text from the band members themselves, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful captures Jon, Richie, Dave, and Tico at both intimate moments and under the limelight in all aspects of their lives, from the private times backstage and on the road to their stunning and unforgettable live performances. Stretching back to the early days in Jersey, through successes and struggles, this book offers fans a dazzling portrait of rock stars on the road as they reflect on their twenty-five years together as a band of brothers. This insider's portrait of one of America's best-loved rock bands is the subject of a major documentary and this extraordinary book.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bon Jovi is the American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Front man Jon Bon Jovi is lead singer, with Richie Sambora on guitar, David Bryan on keyboard, and Tico Torres on the drums. Over the past twenty-five years Bon Jovi has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and 34 million in the United States.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Design (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061864153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061864155
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bon Jovi is the American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Namesake Jon Bon Jovi is lead singer with Richie Sambora on guitar, David Bryan on keyboard, and Tico Torres on the drums. Over the past 25 years Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and 34 million in the United States.

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I started listening to Bon Jovi when I was 6...I am now 29. The first cassette tape (man, that makes me feel old!) I ever owned was New Jersey, and from there, my entire musical life was changed. I have followed Jovi through every album they've ever released, the break they took in the 90's that seemed to last forever, and have caught as many shows of theirs as I can...often dragging a reluctant father, who was then replace by an even MORE reluctant husband. So, without a doubt, Bon Jovi has, is, and always will be my favorite band.

I have not yet seen the documentary that accompanies this book (I don't get Showtime...bummer), but the book is a very in-depth look into one of the worlds most successful bands. The guys speak candidly about their days starting out, just how green they were when they released their first few albums, and how much they've learned in the 25 years they've been making music. The photos are awesome. Many are concert shots, but there are a bunch of back-stage shots that offer a behind the scenes glimpse, as well as some personal family shots.

Basically, if you're a fan of Bon Jovi, I absolutely recommend this. If you've followed their career and bought all the albums, then buy the book...you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see the documentary that goes along with this. A great book from a great band. Here's to another 25 years guys!
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How does a band sum up over 25 years worth of career that's spanned more than half their lead singer's life, thousands of concerts, and sales of well over 120 million albums? Not to mention survived more than 8 different music trends (at last count)and umpteen label management changes (10? 12?), while doing their own thing. By Jovi, this'd better be good.

Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful is indeed a very good anthology of a great career. Arranged by subject instead of the more predictable chronological order, it's narrated by the band members themselves and loaded with photos from a perspective rarely seen of the band, who publicly admit to not letting many people into their tight circle. There's much here to surprise the public, and maybe even a few hard core fans.

For one thing, this is not a picture book full of pretty, posed studio photographs of cute guys in the 80's. Although a couple of those are there for scrapbook purposes, the majority of the book's photos are either original, Phil Stern-style behind-the-scenes candids that were snapped for the book and its accompanying documentary (many of these photos are in black and white) or are photos of the band onstage. In both cases, the style and quality of the photographer's work shares equal billing with the subjects, with great results.

As a serious photography hobbyist, the photos on pages 8-9,13,15,43,126-27,and 137 are among my favorites, because I know how deceptively difficult they are to do. Because of this, my copy of Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful isn't kept with the other music biographies in my collection. Instead, it resides on a shelf of favorite photography books, between works by Phil Stern and Life Magazine: these are the kind of artist photographs I'd like to achieve.
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I got the book as soon it came out. It has great pictures, and some text. Honestly I would have love more stories, like a biography n/or history, other then them making remarks of the pictures on the book. But is o.k., like I said the pictures are great.
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This Book is totally for any Die Hard Bon Jovi fan. It is also for people who are just getting into the band as well. It's the perfect gift for that Bon Jovi fan this holiday season. I have been a fan since "Runaway" went national which is about almost 30 years now. This book will give you an inside look about the band, what they stand for and why so many people who have followed and discovered them over the years. A must read!
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Just received my cd/dvd of the Circle and When We Were Beautiful Book. Love them all. A must have if you are a true fan. Book has lots of great pics -- not too much reading which would have been an extra bonus - overall worth every cent spent.
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This purchase is a MUST MUST for any lover of rock n roll, epecially a Bon Jovi fan! Marvelous book, great insight and a total inside glance at the greatest band in the Universe
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A music band? A group of friends? Or is it really a Big inc. company run by JON BON JOVI? The books gets deep into the story of this legendary band as well as it explains the role that each member plays in the organization and their personal and artistic skills apart from the band.

After reading the book, you will undertans better why the band sound the way they do, why they sing about what they sing, make the music they do, play live the songs they play live and in general, all of their secrets.

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I really enjoyed this book mostly because I've been a huge Bon Jovi fan since '86! This photos are awesome and are on every page throughout the book. The wording is basically quotes from the band telling their story about the life of the band through the years. Definitely pics and stories I never knew about. If you're interested in a more in depth look into who these guys really are and how the feel about eacother and the group, give it a go. It's also a great coffee table book. Large and with great pics with easy reading.
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