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Book Review: Rich Bozett's Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi



THE DEAL: Former tour manager Rich Bozzett shares an inside look at the early years of Bon Jovi.

THE GOOD: Bozzett starts at the beginning and shows how the band started out small and took things one day at a time on their way to selling millions of albums and rocking arenas around the world. From their earliest days as an opening band to headliners, he gives insight on what went wrong and what was going on behind the scenes. He shares a glance at his personal relationship with the band and what let up to his being fired just as the band was making it big.

THE BAD: The title may have you thinking that this book is all about scandalous stories of the band involved in sex and drugs, but that's not the case. Sure, drugs are mentioned — but only in relation to the band's management and Doc McGhee, who was brought up on drug-related charges. While Bozzett does share his love of the band, you can't help but feel the bitterness aimed at his former employers and the way he was fired from the job without his "5 percent" of the band's income. Why bring out photos of Jon Bon Jovi in bed with a bunch of topless women from a photoshoot that the band never wanted to be seen?

THE VERDICT: A quick and interesting read. It shows you a lot about the early years of the band and the behind-the-scenes happenings, but also tries to evoke scandal where it wasn't really happening.