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Bon Jovi: Book gives a 'beautiful glimpse' 29 January 2010
Asbury Park Press article

Source: Asbury Park Press

Did the members of Bon Jovi stop being beautiful at some point? Or is this false modesty?

C'mon guys, even the haters acknowledge your aesthetic appeal. That's why they dismissed you as "pretty boys" all those years ago.

Granted, "Bon Jovi: We're Still Good-Looking," lacks a certain je ne sais quoi in terms of marketing appeal. But it would've been more accurate.

Handsomeness goes a long way in pop music, but it won't get you through 25 years in this brutal business. That kind of endurance requires a ferocious work ethic, a shrewd and intuitive nature, and no shortage of dumb luck.

They know this, these four guys from Jersey. In their heart of hearts, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres know that they have been blessed and that they have earned the right to be famous and exhausted, in equal measure.

"Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful" is a companion book to the documentary of the same name. Both projects were collaborations between the band and filmmaker/photographer Phil Griffin. The 192-page hardcover book is heavy on gorgeous photography — sweeping views of stadium concerts, close-ups of the musicians onstage, etc. Each musician contributed a small essay about his experiences in the band. The rest of the text reads like a long conversation, or a "Q and A" without the "Qs."


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