From Publishers Weekly
British celebrity biographer Jackson (Paul Simon; Queen; Ewan McGregor) presents an enthusiastic sketch of one of New Jerseys favorite sons, né John Francis Bongiovi, in this detailed but speculative volume. Jackson traces the rock stars journey from his childhood in working class Sayreville through his early years in the music business as "a nobody who had to make his demos during the odd hours of the early morning when no one else required the facilities," to the pre-record label, pre-name change recording of his first hit "Runaway," and then through his multi-platinum albums, his legendary lengthy marriage, his bouts with burnout and professional failure, his excursions into acting and his return to the top of the music charts. This isnt a complete biography, but ardent Bon Jovi fans who arent concerned with less than perfect grammatical styling, overly dramatic passages and the odd intrusion of British-isms (such as "mum" for "mother") should appreciate this satisfying addition to the singers memorabilia.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Jackson's look at "multi-platinum American supergroup Bon Jovi" focuses on "the linchpin and relentless driving force of this phenomenally popular rock outfit," Jon Bon Jovi. Not only endowed with "flawless features," JBJ also enjoys "magnetic stage presence and star quality . . . matched by boundless energy and fierce commitment." Whew! And he's an occasional TV star (on Allie McBeal
and other series), too. This volume will do no one, especially Bon Jovi, any harm, and it just may reveal all one needs to know about the man and the band. Mike TribbyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved