This reissue of Bob Woodwordâ€™s classic book about John Belushiâ€”one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business historyâ€”â€śis told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the Presidentâ€™s Men and The Final Daysâ€ť (Chicago Tribune).
John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushiâ€™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 businessâ€”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, Belushiâ€™s movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, actors Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Carrie Fisher, the movie executives, the agents, Belushiâ€™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, accountantsâ€™ records, phone bills, travel records, medical records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward has followed Belushiâ€™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.