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Bonnie Raitt: Just in the Nick of Time [Hardcover]

Mark Bego
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press (22 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559723157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559723152
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,762,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A look at the life of Bonnie Raitt chronicles the ups and downs of her career, showing how she broke away from her hard-drinking blues singer image, put her life back in order, and recorded her biggest album.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst star biography written in recent years 25 Aug 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The book is basically all the interviews I've ever read about the life of Bonnie Raitt, rolled together in one book and sold for an exorbitant amount of menoey. Bego promised new information about her life, but there was none whatseover that I could find. There are glaring typographical errors, that even the most perfunctory copy editor shounld have picked up. Furthermore, the writing style is absolutely awful. Bego thinks he's a writer, and tries to be suave but his trite commentary on Ms. Raitt's extrordinary life left me wondering why I'd even opened the book in the first place.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Forget this one! Read Rolling Stone instead! 30 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
One of the most disappointing books I've ever read! There's nothing new here, no results of interviews with Bonnie or her close friends, just a rewrite of already available material. Believe it or not, entire pages were devoted to the names and styles of the songs on her albums, the musicians and producers! What a rip off!
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Format:Hardcover
This book is an honest, witty, bareboned account of the Queen of Rhythm and Blues. Mark Bego is one of the most eloquent writers of celebrity bios in our time. He really gets down to the nitty-gritty. I've learned more about Bonnie Raitt in Mark's book than all the years of album covers, and celeb mags could cough up. Mark is particurlay sensitive to Bonnie's alcohol and drug abusiveness. Most writers love to include this info for ratings only. It's clear that Mark included this info to show not only how much pain Bonnie was in to have succumbed to such a lifestyle, but most importantly, how she overcame it. I loved this story and look forward to more bios by Mr. Bego. How about one on Linda Ronstandt?
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book....but 6 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Without going into alot about this book, it was first, unauthorized so it just isn't going to have the impact as if Bonnie was sitting there by the fire on a cold night, playing some acoustic slide and starting from the beginning, but there are alot of people out their who are new to Bonnie's music and don't know much about her and it was informative without getting into a whole personal detail. I enjoyed this for what it was, some day Bonnie will sit down and tell all but until then I just get off on her music and the great human being she is. That is all you need to know, just listen to what her song say to the heart and mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of reviews 18 Nov 2002
By Nanci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Instead of spending money on this book, just go back and read every review written on Bonnie Raitt's work, and you will get the same information. Mr. Bego offers nothing new and no inside information, no childhood background, no authorization or cooperation from the artist herself. Disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst star biography written in recent years 25 Aug 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is basically all the interviews I've ever read about the life of Bonnie Raitt, rolled together in one book and sold for an exorbitant amount of menoey. Bego promised new information about her life, but there was none whatseover that I could find. There are glaring typographical errors, that even the most perfunctory copy editor shounld have picked up. Furthermore, the writing style is absolutely awful. Bego thinks he's a writer, and tries to be suave but his trite commentary on Ms. Raitt's extrordinary life left me wondering why I'd even opened the book in the first place
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book....but 6 Aug 1999
By J. Bilby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Without going into alot about this book, it was first, unauthorized so it just isn't going to have the impact as if Bonnie was sitting there by the fire on a cold night, playing some acoustic slide and starting from the beginning, but there are alot of people out their who are new to Bonnie's music and don't know much about her and it was informative without getting into a whole personal detail. I enjoyed this for what it was, some day Bonnie will sit down and tell all but until then I just get off on her music and the great human being she is. That is all you need to know, just listen to what her song say to the heart and mind.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so bad as people here think! 18 Aug 2000
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Half way through reading this book I checked what amazon.com reviewers thought about it and I was very surprised with black-and-white opinions expressed here:seems that people find this book either the best biography ever written (which is not) or the worst biography ever written (which is not).I think that Mr.Bego did loving job,writting about the artist he obviously care for (no dirty sensationalism here) and if he used every available information he could (LP cover lines and so on) I understand that was the only information to be found,in his place I would probably do the same!As the book intrigued me to look for more of Bonnie Raitt's music,it did good job and even if its not the most exciting book ever written,it did provide me with some information about Bonnie which I didnt know before and it make me curious to listen ALL of her albums.Is that "the worst biography ever written" as the previous reviewers think?
3.0 out of 5 stars So, So, but......... 7 Aug 2005
By Donald E. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a huge Bonnie Raitt fan, I was of course disappointed. Yes, it is informative if you don't know anything about Ms. Raitt. I applaud her in being able to keep her private life so private. We may want all the "dirt" or what ever but it's really none of our business. She deserves that. Bego copied from alot of already printed material, but if you're not familure with or you're new to Bonnie's material then I guess this is an ok read. I'm not a fan of unauthorized autobiographys for this simple reason. But, being a huge fan of Raitt, well, you get what you get. If your not, save your money.
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