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Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi Paperback – March 6, 2012
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—Liz Smith, New York Daily News
“A fact-studded life story… Belushi wanted it all and it all was too much… chilling.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Woodward follows Belushi from one circle of hell to the next… harrowing… compelling.”
—The Village Voice
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It's still a solid piece of reporting. Tragic, straight-forward, unflinching, the book does what it was supposed to do. Belushi's widow Judy wanted to know what happened to John, so she asked Woodward, whose usual beat was Washington, to use his journalistic skills to find out. And he does, with the provision that he could at least write an article about it when he was finished. She didn't care. Just find out. (Originally, Woodward thought he could write a series of Washington Post articles but, as John's manager Bernie Brillstein told him, "John's a book, not an article").
My understanding is that neither Woodward or Judy have spoken to each other in the decades since. Woodward was at first dismayed, but the truth was just too sad and sqaulid.
My only suggestion in addition to this book: don't let it be your only exposure to John Belushi. You'll only get a hint of just how funny and talented he truly was from this book. His entire tenure on "Saturday Night Live" is available on DVD, as well as his greatest and most classic film, ANIMAL HOUSE. The Blues Brothers also still exist on CD and DVD. Judy, his widow, has put out a great book called BELUSHI. Just make sure you get the whole picture because it would be sad if you only saw this side of him. That would be equally as tragic.
(And, please, for the love of God, stay away from the wretched film they made of WIRED. I love Michael Chikliss...Read more ›
When Belushi passed away in March of 1982, I was so very sad because I looked forward to what would come next from this legendary comedian. Unfortunately, his decent into drug addiction would result in an untimely and unexpected death.
Woodward's book is a blistering and "no holds barred" look into the wild life and times of John Belushi. His research is meticulous and he doesn't sugar coat anything which is why so many people around Hollywood panned it as being sheer hyperbole. I believe this was because they were in serious denial and felt extremely guilty after Belushi passed away. I don't think many around him realized how bad his addiction was or that it would kill him. Woodward's book is excellent and is a harrowing look into the drug fueled lifestyle that would all but consume Belushi.
Although difficult to read at times, this book is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of John Belushi.
After reading Wired, be sure to read Samari Widow by Judy Belushi. It is a well written book that focuses on Judy's life with John and John the man, husband and comedian rather than John the raging drug addict. It is very heartfelt and well written. There are some great candid pictures of John and Judy as well as the rest of their families.
And consider Belushi: A Biography
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This is a great biography of John Belushi. It fills us in on what went on behind the scenes of his public life. The days leading up to his death are very thorough. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ann Sherry
Great book, read it for the second time, the first when it came out way back when. Talk about "FAST LIVING", its amazing Belushi lasted as long as he did.Published 4 months ago by Anthony DeLucia
Although this book has been heavily criticized for showing only the "bad" side of Belushi, I thought it was interesting to read a book other than those his wife wrote. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LWeaver
The legendary John Belushi's extremely funny lines and monikers made him a legendary resident comedian in the Saturday night live. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christina Luckey
I was fine with the first 1/3 because I thought it was setting the stage for some deeper understanding of Belushi and his times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LD in LA
Bob Woodward should have titled this book "John Belushi : Junkie!" because that the only thing you will get from this piece of uninformed crap. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Benjamin
Great book. I like all the detail about the other stars related to him.Published 12 months ago by Arleen Diedrich