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Book Description

June 1 1992
Cher's former other half recounts his exciting life and career, describing his salad days pitching songs door-to-door, his first date with Cher, their seemingly ""overnight"" success, their marital difficulties, and his post-Cher political life. Reprint.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (June 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671693670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671693671
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,704,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His love for Cher jumps out from between the lines April 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Sonny's seemlingly honest rendition of his life (mainly his life with Cher) is enjoyable, brutally honest at times, and often both refreshingly funny and painfully sad. Although he doesn't hesitate to criticize Cher, he owns up to many of his own weaknesses and mistakes as well. It is evident that despite their painful divorce, Sonny still has great affection (and no doubt love) for his ex-wife. He is still searching for answers as to why their relationship ended the way it did and all these years later, he still seems at a loss to explain it. Clearly, Cher was his soulmate, the love of his life. Bono tells us this without really stating it plainly. And despite his subsequent marriages and political career, Sonny was never able to rid his heart of the dark haired 16-year-old girl he met in a Hollywood coffee shop. A must-read for all Sonny and Cher fans. This tragic love story will break your heart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Book May 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This Is a really good book, I decided to read it after I read THE FIRST TIME by Cher because I really am into Sonny&Cher. It gives good details and he doesn't tell lies in it to make himself look good. A lot of the information is the same as in The First Time. Read it, and you'll know a lot more a bout Sonny Bono.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny had the Drive to be anything he wanted to be July 22 2000
By Bob Waskiewicz - Published on Amazon.com
You don't have to be the smartest,or the most talented person in the World to make it big,Sonny proved that.You have to believe in yourself.Sonny became a great songwriter,TV Star,Movie Star,Mayor of Palm Springs,and married some of the most beutifull Women I've ever seen.This book gives you the rise and fall,and rise and fall again of the most famous couple ever.You could never count on Sonny or Cher not to make another comeback.This book is very simple to read,and I enjoyed every page.Its tragic what happened to Sonny at the end,but he will be remembered always.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One the the best Bios I have ever read! Feb. 1 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
What a great book! Sonny Bono had such great talent and it shows on every page. One of the best bios I have ever read. His life story and times with Sonny & Cher are so fascinating any way - but very well written in this book. You will not want to put this book down! (Unlike Cher's "The First Time." Big disappointment.)
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Memoir That Makes Cher Look Terrible June 25 2013
By Mediaman - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book--very interesting to hear many of the behind-the-scenes stories about the life of Sonny and Cher. It is completely told from Sonny's viewpoint, therefore we're getting his ego-centric versions of events, but if even part of what he writes about Cher is true then she is really screwed up. I found I could relate to him as a guy trying to do everything he could for his distant wife while she showed no appreciation, passively wanted more fame, and eventually dumped him by claiming he kept her as a slave. Cher is a despicable, insecure person who only seemed interested in herself, killing her relationship with Sonny. If ever you needed to see why their child born Chastity turned out the way she/he did, you'll find it in these pages--dad Sonny was loving but was kept from his daughter by "in name only" mother Cher, who was psycho, self-absorbed, insecure, and had nothing to do with Chastity.

The book speeds by and there are many things about Sonny's early years that we didn't know. The one major problem with the book is that Bono doesn't take the time to flesh out stories and instead they come across as a type of confessional version of his sins. He mentions them but doesn't give any specifics. So he admits to cheating on his wives and sleeping with all sorts of women but we never hear specifics. He alludes to having friends in the Mafia but only mentions it once. He even tosses bombs at Cher without substantive support, such as implying that she was either bisexual or lesbian and was a wet fish in bed with him. As a Republican politician he seems to be trying to throw down on paper everything hiding in his closet before opponents reveal things--saying that he learned from his past mistakes. It's hard to hear a guy talk about dozens of affairs over a couple decades, cheating on multiple wives and ignoring his children, then expecting people to just accept him because he says he learned his lesson. The oddest is the fact that he fathered a son with a woman and after mentioning it once the boy is never mentioned again.

He also doesn't seem to be able to see the negative impact of his own ego. He certainly admits his faults but he somehow convinced himself that he was one of the greatest songwriters of all time, half of the top musical group in the world, and had landed on the entertainment "top of the mountain." A couple chart hits and a few weeks in Vegas don't qualify him for the accolades he likes to give himself. He was a temporarily successful musician/composer who was unable to sustain his popularity due to his unwillingness to listen to others and admit his talent weaknesses. Overall it's an entertaining book to read that needs more details and less defensive ego.

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