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AND THE BEAT GOES ON Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1992

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (June 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671693670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671693671
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,985,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
His love for Cher jumps out from between the lines April 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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
Read the Book May 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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
Sonny had the Drive to be anything he wanted to be July 22 2000
By Bob Waskiewicz - Published on
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
One the the best Bios I have ever read! Feb. 1 2001
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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.)
A Must Read for Sonny and Cher Fans! Oct. 8 2014
By Olivia Stabler - Published on
I've been a Cher fan most of my life and when I found this book, I was excited to read what Sonny's take on their relationship was, considering the mixture of things Cher has said about it over the years (that he was a tyrant and then also how much they loved each other). From the moment I picked up this book I couldn't put it down! Sonny wrote in a conversational style with his signature humor and wit throughout, but also gave you a glimpse into the serious side of him with his honest look at himself, especially in relation to his failures as a parent to his oldest daughter, Christy and even to Chastity (Chaz).

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!