Sterling Publishing released my first book Bon Jovi: The Story on November 1, 2016. Done in collaboration with Elephant Book Company in England, who brought me in on the project, it was a true labor of love. In mid-November 2015 I was offered the project. A month later the contract was signed and four months later the layout was locked in. A lot of hard work went into its creation — I barely left my apartment for all of January and February 2016 — but the final result is a strong tome.
While it is an unofficial biography, the 208-page book includes nearly 40 new interviews that I conducted for the book with people as varied as Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger, media personality Eddie Trunk, former PolyGram A&R exec Derek Shulman, film director Jonathan Mostow, former Metal Edge editor Gerri Miller, pre-fame Jon and Richie bandmates like Jack Ponti and Bruce Stephen Foster and many others. I also included quotes from a 2010 interview I conducted with Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. I integrated quotes from band members taken from a variety of magazine, website, television, and podcast sources. I also undertook intensive research and certainly revisited more than my fair share of the band’s music. (In fact, I didn’t listen to them for a couple of months afterward since they dominated my headspace for a third of a year.)
Upon its release, the book sold out its first week on Amazon and received some good press. Here are some of the highlights:
“Bon Jovi fans who have been clamoring for a new biography of the rockin Jersey boys have got their wish . . . it comes jam-packed with dozens of photos, interviews and stories about the Slippery When Wet album cover, Jon Bon Jovi s acting career and more.” –Newsday
“The public focus has always been on dashing frontman Jon Bon Jovi, but this book explores the band as a whole unit including Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald, and former bassist Alec John Such and their individual contributions as well as outside endeavors. . . Rather than an outside biographer acting like they were there, these stories come from the people who actually experienced them.” –Yahoo! Music
“Reesman conducted nearly 40 interviews to pen this book, with stories from early band members and stars that knew the band well. The book covers each member, from Tico’s painting to David’s Broadway and film work, making this definitive biography a must-have for true Bon Jovi fans.” –American Way
“Bryan Reesman does his best, and this is probably the most informative Bon Jovi book so far.” –Classic Rock
“This is a highly recommended and entertaining read on one of rock’s premier bands — Bon Jovi.” — Fireworks (UK publication)
“This (unofficial) book, by author Bryan Reesman, does a great job of documenting Bon Jovi’s past and present. 10/10” — Metal Asylum
“Bon Jovi: The Story is a must for Bon Jovi fans, classic hard rock fans, rock biographies enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy damn good rock and roll journalism. Highly Recommended.” — Jam Magazine
“Reesman conducted over 40 interviews for this 208-page hardcover book to tell the full saga of the band beyond the better-known arcs of Jon and guitarist Richie Sambora, who’s no longer in the band. In this case, The Story is good medicine, and that’s what you need.” — Best Of NJ.com
If you haven’t had a chance to, check out the book. It’s a fun read, if I do say so myself.