Bon Jovi: The Story by Bryan Reesman review

Livin’ on a perm

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It’s all about the hair, really. While other bands had worse hairstyles during the 80s, Bon Jovi’s success made them the face of hair metal. When they staged their 90s come-back with Keep The Faith, they trimmed their hair.

The problem with the Bon Jovi story is that it’s almost impossible to get beyond their carefully controlled public image and Jon Bon Jovi’s insistence that what goes on inside the “Jersey Syndicate” stays within the syndicate. So just why the band nearly broke up between New Jersey and Keep The Faith is not revealed. When bassist Alec John Such spilled a couple of beans he was soon jettisoned.

Bryan Reesman does his best, and this is probably the most informative Bon Jovi book so far. But he fails to crack the omerta, and Richie Sambora’s departure in 2014 remains a mystery. Last seen, Jon Bon Jovi had gone grey. Enough said.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.