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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Written by Sammy Hagar

Narrated by Scott Shepherd


Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Written by Sammy Hagar

Narrated by Scott Shepherd

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4/5 (108 ratings)
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7 hours
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Released:
Mar 15, 2011
ISBN:
9780062027405
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Description

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 15, 2011
ISBN:
9780062027405
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Sammy Hagar is the multiplatinum Red Rocker, the outgoing, bombastic front man of hard rock champions Van Halen, currently embarked on his fourth platinum career with his supergroup, Chickenfoot. In addition to his legendary status among rock stars, he is the masterful entrepreneur behind Cabo Wabo tequila. When he's not on the road, he splits his time among California, Hawaii, and Mexico.



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  • (4/5)
    Sammy's life follows the standard trajectory for a rock star. He grew up poor with an abusive parent, barely finished high school, got the lucky break, and rode that break to a life of fame and riches. One thing about Sammy that seems different than most rock stars is that he seems to be more intelligent. He diversified early on, and today makes way more money from his various businesses than he does from music. Although he certainly did his share of drugs the way he presents it they never controlled him, and given the lack of rehab and the fact that he has maintained his career I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that. Some of his stories from the late 60s and early 70s do sound like he is mixing up real memories and acid trips though. The chapters on his time in Van Halen are great. It would be interesting to hear Eddie's version of that time, but if Sammy's account is even half-true it's doubtful that Eddie remembers any of it.Fun book, and definitely recommended if you are a fan of his music.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent, holds nothing back, tells it like it is, awesome.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing…so good beyond what I anticipated! What a stand up guy!
  • (5/5)
    Sammy is an incredibly smart guy and seems to have a lot of integrity. This book is great.
  • (1/5)
    He didn’t get messed up on drugs or alcohol, which is something to be proud of, but he doesn’t seem proud. He seems prouder of hanging out with people who did. He seems to have some sensitivity and respect for his wife, and to apologize for that, he makes sure to gloat about cheating on her. He goes so far out of his way to seem “cool” and “apathetic” when at his age, one would assume he would be secure enough to be proud that he was one of the few sober ones. That he could be a very decent husband, and very compassionate. He talks about women as if they are just some disgusting drug, or like a Big Mac. As if they don’t have the same depth of feeling, the same hopes and dreams, (which will be twice as hard for them to achieve due to such imbedded subhuman attitudes they had no part in creating )as he did. The only person who offered consistency and trust building in his childhood was the mother with 4 children, who somehow saved enough money, while being relentlessly beaten by her husband, to move the kids out; the same woman who got a job, went to school, and bettered herself while being responsible for 4 children, no less, and who offered to buy him his first guitar after he showed her he could play a song that she requested. She honored the contract. None of this seems to mean a thing to this dope, as he saves all his compliments for his drunken, abusive, irresponsible father who he calls a “badass”. He seems like the kind of person who stands for nothing, doesn’t invest in anyone because at heart he is a total coward. What a piece of shit this guy is.
  • (5/5)
    Great book and a fantastic interpretation! Would definitely recommend whether you are a Sammy, Van Halen fan or not.