(From the inside cover)
John Belushi was found dad of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushi'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 business - TV, rock-and-roll, and the movie industry. From the on-the-record interviews with 217 people, including Belushi's widow, his former partner Dan Aykroyd, Belushi's movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, actors Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Carrie Fisher, the movie executives, the agents, Belushi'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 survive that ended in tragedy.
Using diaries, accountants' records, phone bills, travel records, medical records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward has followed Belushi's life from childhood in a small town outside Chicago (Wheaton, Illinois - also Woodward's hometown) to his meteoric career that started at the famous Chicago comedy troupe, Second City, proceeded to New York's National Lampoon organization, then went on to the wildly popular NBC Television's Saturday Night Live, the greatly successful movie Animal House, a #1 Blues Brothers Album, more films and then plans for films that this gifted actor did not live to make.