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And the Beat Goes on Hardcover – 1 Aug 1991
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The book begins with the classic 1987 reunion of Sonny and Cher on Letterman which instantly pulls you in and makes you feel like you were there. If you've seen this segment on Youtube, a lot of what he wrote about the emotion/magnitude of the moment and Cher's reluctance to sing with him rings true. One of the most fascinating parts of the book is his time as an A&R man in the record business, including his work for genius producer turned murderer Phil Spector. Very interesting how many hit records he wrote for other people before he and Cher met. He also describes his turbulent childhood with parents who disliked each other greatly and a father who was abusive. Also fascinating was his foray into the restaurant business in the 80s.
Of course as a Cher fan, I enjoyed reading about their meeting and how they started living together platonically, which turned romantic after that. He describes how her mother hated him and tried to keep them apart, even taking them to therapy to try to get rid of him, which I never knew. The goings on behind the scenes of their hit show and how they tried to keep it together despite dating other people was also interesting. I also enjoyed how he included sections from his real diary entries to emphasize his feelings of love, frustration, failure, and triumph in relation to the stories he told. A lot of the information regarding he and Cher I already knew based on reading other books about her life, but he did reveal a bombshell: that he had a son with a one-night stand during the early part of his relationship with Cher! Often at times during the book, he paints Cher as a fame-hungry brat, cold, and callous while taking some pot shots at her, her boyfriends, and her post-Sonny music, but he does admit to his own faults, and even in saying negative things about Cher, you can still get the feeling that he still loved her. I always found that amazing through the years that they could say such terrible things in the press about each other, but then in the next breath say how deeply they loved each other - a very complicated relationship.
Sadly, several years after this book was written, Sonny died in a tragic skiing accident. This book, however tells his life story up to the early 90s and is quite inspiring in that no matter how many times he got knocked down, he always persevered. This is a fantastic read for any Sonny and Cher fan!
Nice insight of LA record industry from the 60s era. It was just what I was looking for. I wasn't interested that much in Cher gossip, so if you're want to Know about Bono musical career, this is a nice book.
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