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Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi

de Bob Woodward

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This reissue of Bob Woodword's classic book about John Belushi--one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history--"is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President's Men and The Final Days" (Chicago Tribune). John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushi's death was the beginning of a trail that led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on an investigation that examines the dark side of American show business--TV, rock and roll, and the movie industry. From on-the-record interviews with 217 people, including Belushi's widow, his former partner Dan Aykroyd, Belushi's movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, actors Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Carrie Fisher, the movie executives, the agents, Belushi's drug dealers, and those who live in the show business underground, the author has written a close portrait of a great American comic talent, and of his struggle to succeed and to survive that ended in tragedy. Using diaries, accountants' records, phone bills, travel records, medical records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward has followed Belushi's life from childhood in a small town outside Chicago to his meteoric rise to fame. Bob Woodward has written a spellbinding account of rise and fall, a cautionary tale for our times, and a poignant and gentle portrait of a young man who had so much, gave so much, and lost so much.… (més)
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Great book about Belushi. He was a very troubled man, and it was heartbreaking to read about his trials. I find Belushi to be one of the most talented comedic actors of all time, so it was a must read for me. I will admit that I was also expecting to love this, and I did, so I was a bit biased.

*great photos as well* ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
I've always been fascinated by the life of John Belushi, primarily because I look just like the man, so of course I would eventually read this book. What I found is a tragic tale of loneliness and addiction that probably could have been stopped if anyone had truly gotten to know the man, or if his close friends had done something just a bit sooner. The truly frightening thing I found as I read was exactly how much I do have in common with John. It scared me. Which, of course, is exactly what it was supposed to do. This is the life of a man who rose to meteoric heights, then fell to abysmal depths, and it deserves to be read by everyone, especially if you are fascinated by celebrity culture and don't quite understand how these stars can fall apart the way they do.

Here's the thing you learn from Wired; they don't have any control over it. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Apr 24, 2013 |
Surprisingly poorly written given that it is a Woodward title. Pieced together set of anecdotes with not a lot else here. ( )
  JohnCouke | Oct 23, 2012 |
Attempts to chronicle how Belushi's meteoric rise to the top of television, movies, and finally music was still evolving before his sudden death. This author paints a bleak picture of everyone involved in Belushi's life except for a select few: Belushi's parents, his brother Jim, John Landis, Spielberg, Ovitz, Eisner, Katzenberg, Penny Marshal, Carrie Fisher, Steve Martin, "Smokey" Wendell and Bill Wallace. This negative description is rationalized by Woodward as being necessary as a cautionary tale. Woodward also tries to lay responsibility on his assistant John Anderson for being this unusual, omniscient narrator of Belushi's success and fall. Woodward says that he was moved to write this since he grew up in the same town of Wheaton and went to the same high school. A good reason to write a book on Belushi, just not this one. Belushi and his most long suffering friend Dan Ackroyd, according to Woodward, were originally from religious families. John was Albanian Orthodox and Ackroyd a former Catholic seminarian. To be read for a few tidbits early on for info on the SNL days, otherwise skip it.
  sacredheart25 | Jun 5, 2011 |
Belushi was a fabulous comedian. His work on SNL, and his movies were fresh and original,and cocaine fueled! This is the story of his rise to stardom, and his fall into the grave. He was an ordinary person who was lucky and skilled enough to experience thing most people would dream and desire to do. Bob Woodward became famous for the Nixon/Watergate scandal, and I suppose that also helped draw me to this book. ( )
  TheLiveSoundGuy | Jul 28, 2009 |
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This reissue of Bob Woodword's classic book about John Belushi--one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history--"is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President's Men and The Final Days" (Chicago Tribune). John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushi's death was the beginning of a trail that led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on an investigation that examines the dark side of American show business--TV, rock and roll, and the movie industry. From on-the-record interviews with 217 people, including Belushi's widow, his former partner Dan Aykroyd, Belushi's movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, actors Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Carrie Fisher, the movie executives, the agents, Belushi's drug dealers, and those who live in the show business underground, the author has written a close portrait of a great American comic talent, and of his struggle to succeed and to survive that ended in tragedy. Using diaries, accountants' records, phone bills, travel records, medical records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward has followed Belushi's life from childhood in a small town outside Chicago to his meteoric rise to fame. Bob Woodward has written a spellbinding account of rise and fall, a cautionary tale for our times, and a poignant and gentle portrait of a young man who had so much, gave so much, and lost so much.

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