John Francis Bongiovi Jr., known professionally as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. Bon Jovi is best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.
Rock legend and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million records with his eponymous band, Bon Jovi. Here, Jon takes us inside the group's meteoric rise to fame and the dramatic lessons he learned along the way. Jon says that when times were rough for the band, his ideas about loyalty were put to the test, but, he explains, he eventually learned to honor his partnerships. Through his experiences, Jon teaches us to believe in ourselves and shares how he learned to never take no for an answer.
The rock icon and his band are being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2009 about his upbringing (his mom was a Playboy bunny, his dad was a hairdresser), getting his first single on the radio, and having group therapy with his bandmates. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'You Were Never Really Here.'