Book Review | Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi
Author: Richard Bozzett
About the Book:
I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat up good tell-all books with a spoon. Now, Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi isn’t going to make you blush, but it sure is a splendid walk down memory lane — and a backstage pass to one of the hottest bands of the ‘80s.
Photos that you’ve likely never seen before are splashed on every page; some look like your garden variety performance shots, but some are private (not like that, get your mind out of the gutter!), like Jon and his girlfriend sharing a kiss in Japan or Jon in a bathing suit on vacation (Rawrrrr).
I can’t quite put my finger on whether Bon Jovi simply wasn’t out of control and hardcore like we presume huge bands to be or if Rich Bozzett is still trying to protect the band. He gives you a taste of what life was like with Bon Jovi, but it hardly seems like that’s the full story. Again, I might be conditioned to hearing the most sordid tales from the ‘80s (think Crue), so maybe anything short of that just isn’t quite enough. For instance, when Bozzett mentions Jon’s encounter with “crabs” while in Japan, he suggests it might be from a visit to a bath house or from “too close social contact with all the fashion models constantly traveling to Japan to appear in Japanese advertisements who were always scrambling to take pictures with him.” Really? Is he seriously suggesting that Jon Bon Jovi contracted crabs from a model cuddling up next to him? I mean, I sure don’t pick up on any double entendres in that sentence. However, you must use your imagination when Bozzett mentions how Jon Bon Jovi broke up with partying girlfriend Diane Lane after discovering her in a compromising position with Richie Sambora. Awk-ward. Now, that’s dirt.
There’s also a picture of an issue of Newsday that tells the story of a drug bust implicating associates of Bozzett, but several paragraphs are blurred out so as to make them unreadable. I don’t get it — it’s a newspaper, but we can’t read all of the information? Weird. But not a deal breaker. Definitely not a deal breaker…after all, I want to hear about the crazy life and times of Bon Jovi. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to have been that crazy…or at least Bozzett isn’t gossiping about it (which makes the sex and drugs portion of the title a little peculiar). OK, Jon Bon Jovi did do speed and drink Jolt Cola before performances to amp up his energy. But it didn’t get much wilder than that.
One thing that irritated me was the typos. It’s not that there’s so many and it’s not widespread; it’s what they are. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue? It’s written as “Nikki,” “Nickie,” and “Nicki.” I saw Jon Bon Jovi listed as “John.” Come on now. That borders on the unforgivable.
That being said, I love this book. It’s still Bon Jovi. It’s still the ‘80s. So, if either (or, like me, both) appeal to you, you will like or (like me) love this book. It looks phenomenal, it’s a nice-sized hardcover with a fantastic cover. This could potentially be a coffee table book, if you don’t mind the brief nudity in the photos from a photo shoot that was unusable (due to said brief nudity). This book is a whole lot of fun…and you’ll be popping Slipper When Wet in your CD player in no time.
I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*