From the back cover: An intimate, all-access backstage pass to everything New Kids on the Block, from their meteoric rise to fame in the 1980s to the band’s breakup in the 1990s–and their triumphant comeback today.
If you are a female of a certain age, chances are you were a fan of NKOTB, the hottest boy band of the 80s. In which case you might be interested in this authorized biography by veteran rock author Nikki Van Noy, in which the band members–now all grown up–let it all hang out.
Though at times the language may be offensive to some, this biography allows an intriguing, no-holds-barred peek behind the curtain, which–not surprisingly–reveals that the life of this uber-popular boy band was not as glamorous as it was gritty. They arrived at the top only after a lot of hard work and harder emotions. I found the most interesting chapters to be the post-breakup ones–because of course more is revealed about a person’s character in adverse times than prosperous ones. And for any teen of the 80s, it’s interesting to see the groundbreaking influence of this band on the music scene, which paved the way for myriad boy bands to follow.
About the author: Nikki Van Noy began her life-long love affair with music and pop culture with a NKOTB concert in 1989. She is a freelance writer and editor, and the author of So Much to Say, a biography of the Dave Matthews Band. Van Noy is a Sacramento, California native and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Please visit her at www.nkotbandus.com and www.nikkivannoy.com.
3.5/5 stars, more grit than glam
Thanks to Touchstone for providing me a copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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