Number of page: 372
Publisher: ECW Press
A vivid and energetic history of Van Halen's legendary early years After years of playing gigs 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 reveals the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage.
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Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal Most accounts of major bands focus on the fame and fortune of rock stardom. By contrast, Renoff (The Big Tent) covers America’s preeminent hard rock act in the years before they became famous. He argues that Van Halen “transformed the staid sound of metal into something that sounded fresh and vibrant” by fusing essential metal elements, such as heavy rhythms and guitar virtuosity, with monster
- Josh Impinto
Good autobiography. Must have for VH fans!
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A great read,I couldn’t put it down.Just wish Greg had been able to go into more detail on all the other VH material.it just ended too abruptly for me,A really awesome book though!
- Don Lee
Van halen rising Rockin Fuckin roll!!!!!
Van Halen Rising A must for any Van Halen fan
- Scott Poesse
Van Halen Rising
- Mark Borison
Renoff kills it. Is it possible theres almost too much detail? Never, when it comes to the greatest rock band of all time!
Great Finally ! A book on VH’s early years. Must read for any Van Halen fan.
Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock’n’roll
Van Halenare known for classic songs like Runnin with the Devil Panama and Jump but also for the drama surrounding the exits of its former members While many have attempted to discover the secrets of Van Halen through an analysis of their musical role models John Scanlan looks at deeper aesthetic and philosophical influences in Van Halen a groundbreaking account of this extraordinary band Following the band s pursuit of the art of artlessness Scanlan describes how they characterize what historian Kevin Starr terms Zen California a state of mind and way of being that above all celebrates the now and in rock and roll terms refers to the unregulated expenditure of energy and youthful exuberance destined to extinguish itself Scanlan sheds light on key events and influences the decaying of Hollywood in the 1970s Ted Templeman s work as a producer at Sunset Sound Studios Top Jimmy a blues rock singer who performed at the Zero Zero club and the building of Eddie Van Halen s Hollywood Hills studio in 1983 that show how 1970s California was the only time and place that Van Halen could have emerged Along the way Scanlan also explores the relationship between David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen the climate of Southern California and its relation to a sense of cultural exuberance the echoes of Beat aesthetics in David Lee Roth s attitude to time Eddie Van Halen s bebop sensibility and the real roots of the so called Brown sound An illuminating look at a classic rock group and the cultural moment in which they came of age Van Halen is a book for fans of the band and the history of rock and roll
Van Halen: A Visual History: 1978 – 1984
From their eponymous 1978 debut through their colossal 1984 album they ve sold over 75 million albums worldwide Van Halen rewrote all the rules Nobody rockedor partiedharder Photographer Neil Zlozower first met the band in 1978 worked with them again on Van Halen II and soon became their friend hanging out in L A and hitting the road on tour with them Van Halen collects more than 250 backstage candid and full rock out photos of the all powerful spandexed high kicking guitar blazing stadium shaking original Van Halen lineup Accompanying Zlozower s amazing photos are an introduction about his wild ride with VH a foreword by David Lee Roth and testimony from the rock pantheon paying homage to the band including members of Led Zeppelin Guns N Roses Def Leppard Judas Priest KISS Motley Cre and more Turn it up
Anvil!: The Story of Anvil
In the early seventies when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world Steve Lips Kudlow and Robb Reiner two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto vowed to rock together forever A decade later their band Anvil released one of the heaviest records in music history Metal on Metal which influenced a whole musical generation including the world dominating bands Metallica Slayer and Anthrax Yet while these bands went on to sell millions of records Anvil slipped straight into obscurity Was it too much sex and drugs and not enough rock n roll Was it the menagerie of pets that accompanied them on tour Their uncanny knack for setting themselves on fire whenever a record company executive was watching Now almost thirty years later like a real life Spinal Tap these unlikely musical heroes are still rocking and still chasing their dream Written in their own words Anvil The Story of Anvil charts the rise fall and eventual triumph of two men whose indestructible friendship talent and determination took them on a unique journey in the world of rock A bittersweet and frequently hilarious hymn to the human spirit played loud in power chords it is a story of true brotherly love living the dream and never giving up Praise for the film documentary Anvil The Story of Anvil
Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda
documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq s only heavy metal band Acrassicauda and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency Acrassicauda Latin for a deadly black scorpion is Iraq s only heavy metal band Inspired by groups like Metallica Slayer and Slipknot the band began writing and playing metal in 2001 performing a handful of shows before the war started in 2003 With increased security precautions throughout Iraq it became difficult to practice or even get through a show without serious problems When they began receiving death threats from insurgent groups and religious fundamentalists accused them of Satan worship they became a band on the run As recently seen in the feature film documentary of the same name Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis and it became a race against time humanitarian effort irrevocably transforming everyone s lives in the process Going beyond the documentary to explore all the players unique perspectives Heavy Metal in Baghdad features new information about one of the most dramatic and unique stories in modern music