Let It Rock:The Making of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet (Book Review)
Released: 2014, Soundcheck Books
Cutting to the chase, either you want to read about Bon Jovi, or you don’t. I do. I’ve enjoyed his melodic Hard Rock for years and continue to do so today. When an author, any author, writes a book that is supremely focused on one album from point in almost a quarter of a century ago, there is the risk of the book being irrelevant or ignored. However, in this case that risk is pretty low because considering that SLIPPERY WHEN WET is one of the world’s best selling albums of all time, from one of the best-selling artists of all time, there is a good chance that even if 0.1% of Bon Jovi fans read and/or buy this, that still means this becomes an instant best-selling book.
LET IT ROCK:THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET doesn’t really need much analysis from a critical perspective, the title tells you exactly what the topic is. The nice looking, slightly oversized, soft-cover book consists of 134 pages dedicated to that one sublime album. SWW is generally regarded as Bon Jovi’s best and breakout album and sales bear that out, but pretty much every album he does goes to #1 in his home nation. Daniels does a good job, starting at the beginning talking about the first two Bon Jovi albums that were both million sellers in their own right. He continues on to discuss the recording of the album, a track-by-track analysis, the following tour, and a bit of a follow up as well. There is a complete listing of Tour Dates, a discography, list of singles, commentary from musicians on the Bon Jovi SWW phenomena and more. The book is loaded with quotes, interviews facts and figures about this immensely popular and influential album.
I’m surprised there are not as many pictures, but it was probably difficult or expensive to license the album cover, or covers if you include the rare and interesting original album cover! Look it up on-line if you haven’t seen it. If you are male you might appreciate it. I would have liked to see a bit more art and/or photos in this book as there are not even two dozen black and white photos of some memorabilia. Other than that the layout and design make for a fun, easy reading experience. Listening to the album start to finish, while reading is almost mandatory.
I like SLIPPERY WHEN WET. So did 30 million other people. The album and band takes some criticism but Daniels and I love the album as truly representative at a certain point in time. LET IT ROCK is his extended love letter to that album and I’m glad he let me read it.