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Jon Bon Jovi
Jackson, Laura, 1957 November 20-
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Citadel Press, 2004.

Physical Description:
viii, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML420.B588 J33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"A working class teen from New Jersey, John Bongiovi lived and breathed music, and was driven to succeed. Some twenty years later, he's known as Jon Bon Jovi, a high-energy, charismatic performer, skillfully fronting the band that bears his modified name, "

Author Notes

Laura Jackson is a highly celebrated, bestselling rock and film biographer. She lives in England

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Jackson's look at "multi-platinum American supergroup Bonovi" focuses on "the linchpin and relentless driving force of this phenomenally popular rock outfit,"on Bonovi. Not only endowed with "flawless features,"BJ 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 McBeal0 and other series), too. This volume will do no one, especially Bonovi, any harm, and it just may reveal all one needs to know about the man and the band. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

British celebrity biographer Jackson (Paul Simon; Queen; Ewan McGregor) presents an enthusiastic sketch of one of New Jersey's favorite sons, ne John Francis Bongiovi, in this detailed but speculative volume. Jackson traces the rock star's 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 isn't a complete biography, but ardent Bon Jovi fans who aren't 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 singer's memorabilia. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
1 Not Just a Face in the Crowdp. 1
2 A Relentless Driving Forcep. 20
3 So Much Passion and Painp. 37
4 Spiralling Success and Superhuman Staminap. 58
5 The Physical and Emotional Burnoutp. 84
6 When It's Hard to See a Chink of Lightp. 107
7 Survival of the Fittestp. 126
8 The Lure of Pastures Newp. 145
9 Is Variety Really the Spice of Life?p. 165
10 Storming Back with a Vengeancep. 180
11 A Native Resiliencep. 201
Indexp. 227