HarperCollins Publishers today announced a deal to publish the first ever official Bon Jovi book, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful. Celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary, the book contains never-before-seen photographs and exclusive text from the band and will be published next October by the Collins Design imprint. Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful will also serve as a companion to a major documentary about the band being released at the same time.
Odd title. Presumably it's some kind of dig at the pretty boy hair band tag that's been following them around since the mid-80s.
The public face of Bon Jovi -- band of brothers, hitmakers, rock stars -- is well known, but in Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, gorgeous, exclusive photographs and revealing text from Jon, Richie, David and Tico themselves tell the behind-the-scenes story. From intimate moments to basking in the limelight, the book offers fans an honest, unposed and unscripted portrait of this legendary band at work and at home.
No mention of Hugh McDonald. He deserves better; even if you don't believe Hugh "covered for" Alec John Such on the three albums before These Days, he has still played with Bon Jovi for longer than Alec ever did. And to highlight my point, they could only find room for two photos of Huey in the booklet for 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong (which, off the top of my head, is 66 pages long). (One of these aforementioned photos is of the back of Hugh's head.) I can only hope Huey gets some input into this new book but I'm not holding my breath.
The book offers unprecedented insights into the members’ lives on stage, on the road, and at home, as well as intimate reflections on the highs and lows of their 25 years together.
As I alluded to earlier, Bon Jovi have always been very "in-house" so don't expect The Dirt. But this could still potentially be quite an interesting release. Guess we'll have to wait and see.