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