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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: 2.5 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but sometimes inaccurate Nov. 11 2005
By M. Schutt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Although I believe Sonny was trying to be honest in this book, Cher and Chastity Bono have both stated inaccurate information. Sonny & Cher have completely different stories regarding their initial meeting, and exactly when they stopped sleeping in twin beds and actually became "involved" with each other. I suspect it's due to the age factor. Cher was 16 when they met.... In the book Sonny claims they met in April 62, but that would have made Cher 15 at the time. I've heard their actual meeting at Aldo's occured in November of 62. I think Sonny just has some of his dates mixed up and who knows the truth about when their relationship became more than "platonic". At any rate, I had to laugh at Sonny's description of the lack of "fireworks" in the bedroom.....that was an obvious pot shot at Cher. Cher claims that before she had Chastity, she had 4 miscarriages. Sonny only recounts two, but for someone who claimed his relationship lacked "fireworks" in the bedroom, his "wife" sure had enough pregnancies.

Another interesting point is that Sonny and Cher's supposed marriage in 1964 was a ruse. I guess nobody bothered to confirm the fact that they weren't legally married. Oh sure, they married themselves in the bathroom of their house and exchanged cheap sterling rings (his said "CHER", hers "SONNY"--they're seen wearing these rings in photos throughout the 60's and featured prominently in their movie "Good Times"). They didn't actually legally marry until Chastity was 8 or 9 months old....sometime in the fall of 1969.

The most interesting part of the book, is Sonny's early work in the record industry (nobody can ever claim that Sonny was a slacker--he had tenacity and determination in everything he undertook), and especially his time spent with Phil Spector at Gold Star studios. His stories of Spector just confirm the weirdness that is Phil Spector. Spector was prone to fits of anger, hissy-fits and just general oddness. I laughed out loud as Sonny recounted Phil spending hours in his car trying to find the perfect driving position in which he'd look "coolest" (arm out the window, one finger on the wheel, sunglasses on or off?, back towards the window).

The whole Sonny & Cher relationship gets a little sad towards the end, and I found myself feeling sorry for Sonny. I suspect through his words, he still held a great deal of fondness for Cher, but the two of them just couldn't stop taking shots at each other in the press. I also have no doubt that despite Cher's tough exterior and constant rants about her terrible marriage to Sonny, she felt the same fondness towards him. Nobody who talks the way that Cher did to the press prior to Sonny's passing and then behaves the way that she did upon hearing of his death, and the ensuing funeral is being entirely truthful (hence the accusations of Cher "acting", and using his death as a publicity springboard). I suspect there were some deep, deep feelings there, but the two of them were both so stubborn and prideful that they couldn't get past the hurtful bantering.

Despite some inaccurate info. This book is still an interesting read as Sonny is mostly quite honest with his emotions.
4 of 5 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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man After My Own Heart . . . May 2 2013
By Nina, Author - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was truly a great read. No, I stand corrected- it was an excellent read! Perhaps, this was said because I'm partial to the love I have for them both (Sonny & Cher). I have so much admiration for the talents they shared with us all during their long running TV careers (entertaining us with the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour) and even afterwards. Back in the day; don't believe I ever missed watching their performances - from their first debut in 1971 till their final episode in 1974. Even after their marriage faltered, the two were still champions. And their actions were evidence of this: Cher with her booming movie career, and Sonny with his rising political career.
Sonny's honesty in presenting this story made it all enjoyable to read. I've read several memoirs and this one gets a "thumbs up" - in my book. Whether it made the author look bad or good, he told it like it was. And that said a lot for his writing presentation. The manner in which he shared his story made it easy to follow and visualize at each occurrence. At varies points, I felt as if I was there in time. This story will bring joy; laughter; sorrow; and perhaps a tear or two in some places of the read.
While reading the story, it gave a great deal of insight into their lives. Thanks to Sonny's openness, as a reader, I had an opportunity to step into their journey. Sonny does an outstanding job of exposing the before; the during; and the after scenes (i.e., "the getting to know us ones'"). Throughout my life, I've followed their actions and only knew what the tabloids or media wanted us to know. But, to go inside their life and get the scoop straight from the source made a big difference! Another one of his many talents (as "The Writer") shines through this story. Yes, "And The Beat Does Goes On, and on and on." Kudos to the author!
Although it's not written, I can truly say that we loss a great person full of talent, ambition, and life - as a result of his tragic accident in 1998.
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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.