Let It Rock
Neil Daniels
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Let It Rock: The Story Of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet
Neil Daniels
Soundcheck Books
152 pages
June 2014
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Prolific rock journalist and author Neil Daniels once again dives into the musical fray in unraveling and explaining the drama and cultural explosion surrounding Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet album, released on August 18, 1986. That record--the New Jersey band's third--rocked the world immediately upon its release and spawned three monster hits: "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Livin' On a Prayer," and "Wanted Dead or Alive."

In his informative and deftly crafted book, Daniels guides the reader through the history of this iconic album by dividing the pages into three broad-stroke sections:

  • Setting the Scene;
  • Slippery When Wet; and
  • Life After Slippery When Wet

In his Author's Introduction, Neil describes Let It Rock as "a neat little reference book." But it is so much more. The book provides the context and musical climate in which it was made and also breaks down each track and describes the instrumentation; arrangement; and even the import of the lyrics. Additionally there are comments from esteemed rock journalists and other musicians, including members of White Lion, Krokus, Dokken, and others.

Neil Daniels loves the subjects he writes about, and those feelings are splayed all over these pages. You may disagree with some of his opinions or views, but there is no denying the passion with which he makes them. If you're a Bon Jovi fan, you'll want to read this. If you're not a Bon Jovi fan, read this and you'll become one.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2014

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