Rugged Land has just published Belushi: A Biography by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. This is a very big book filled with photos, many never published before, and page after page of reminiscences and anecdotes by the people who knew and worked with John Belushi during his brief but brilliant career. His excesses are not left out, but this book is a tribute, not an exposé. The book is organized chronologically, starting with his childhood in Chicago, through college, Second City, National Lampoon’s Lemmings, the Radio Hour, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, the Blues Brothers, and other movies, up to his death in 1982. Most people know him for Saturday Night Live, but he was a central figure in most of National Lampoon’s non-magazine ventures, and not only as a performer.
It’s rather surprising that it’s taken so long for a book like this to be published. Other books have been written about Belushi, but they tend to focus on what went wrong. This one is about what went right and what made him such a unique talent. If you’re a fan, there’s no question: Ya gotta get it.