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Like much of Bon Jovi's recent music, this book is actually quite boring and insubstantial.

This official (visual) biography by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin is mostly filled with photos from the band's 2008 'Lost Highway' tour, and while a lot of the photos are very good there is little in the way of substance. Bon Jovi have become a very closely guarded band; not quite as clandestine as Van Halen, but they watch their backs and don't trade secrets. 'When We Were Beautiful' is a full colour glossy coffee table book (now available in both hardback and softback editions) and though there are lots of pictures from throughout the band's career, the layout and design is fairly standard. No record sleeves or memorabilia or tour dates, etc. That kind of stuff really opens up a book's appeal and adds more depth, but sadly this tome takes a very bland approach to the band's twenty-odd year history.

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Though the photos from Bon Jovi's early years are very good there are not enough of them – and the band looked way better back then than they do now. Bon Jovi's first four albums are fantastic eighties melodic rock albums, but from 'These Days' onwards they really lost the plot. It's just not as visually engaging as the Neil Zlozower books on Van Halen and Motley Crue, which were very well produced indeed. There are some interviews and minor text but nothing you haven't read before elsewhere. Like much of Bon Jovi's recent music, this book is actually quite boring and insubstantial.

Neil Daniels

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