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Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal

Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal

Written by Greg Renoff

Narrated by Sean Runnette


Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal

Written by Greg Renoff

Narrated by Sean Runnette

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4.5/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515974413
Format:
Audiobook

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After years of gigging everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen-led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen-had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear. The quartet's classic 1978 debut, Van Halen, sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success. On tour, Van Halen's high-energy show wowed audiences and prompted headlining acts like Black Sabbath to concede that they'd been blown off the stage. By the year's end, Van Halen had established themselves as superstars and reinvigorated heavy metal in the process.



Based on more than 230 original interviews-including with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and power players like Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower-Van Halen Rising is the first book to tell the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515974413
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    A must read for any VH fan. Enjoyable from start to finish.
  • (4/5)
    It gives a unbiased account of the band. I was hoping for more of the band mates stories, to live vicariously through a rock band.
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    A biography of one of the biggest rock bands ever, but also a look at Southern California culture in the 70's and the L.A. club industry. The author goes through the years of the changes in band members and styles, with particular attention to Eddie Van Halen's hard work in creating his unique sound and fretboard technique.This book probably wouldn't interest anyone who doesn't like this band, unless the reader has an interest in reading about the struggles of a young band in general in the pre-Youtube days when they had to build a fan-base through appearances and word-of-mouth for years before getting a contract.The first couple of pages are written from the gushing point of view a big fan, which I thought didn't bode well, but the writing became better and the research was extensive, with Renoff interviewing former bassist Michael Anthony and producer Ted Templeman along with lots of people who were involved with the band members along the way.

    1 person found this helpful