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.
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
Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berserker’s Guide to World Tour Domination
Bringing Metal to the Children is a handbook to all things Heavy Metal brought to you by insane prankster and guitar god Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society fame This Complete Berzerker s Guide to World Tour Domination provides tips and tests for the True Rocker as wild man Zakk Wylde invites all who dare onto the tour bus for brain bursting tales of glory debauchery and general mayhem in the dangerous metal universe
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
DEE S NOT GONNA TAKE IT As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal hair bands and the wild side of rock Now in his twisted new memoir he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup the big hair and badass hits like We re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir Dee remembers the day he decided he was not gonna take it and stopped caring what people thought about him Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath Dee jumped from band to band before meeting Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister But it wasn t until he met his costume designing soul mate Suzette that they developed his unique style Dee s hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes a monster hit record smash MTV videos a long running radio show The House of Hair appearances in film Pee Wee s Big Adventure Howard Stern s Private Parts StrangeLand and television Growing Up Twisted Celebrity Apprentice and a starring role in Broadway s Rock of Ages He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia In his journey from every parent s worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars But that didn t stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label but through it all Dee stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions Shut Up and Give Me the Mic takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played and who did it all for his wife four kids and millions of SMF Sick Mother F fans This story is mine I m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds left everything he had on the stage each night didn t screw around on his woman took care of his kids and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it myself The one thing that has surprised and confused me though is my unlikely transformation into a beloved public figure How did the unpopular kid who grew up to be the angry young man who became the 80s poster boy for the evils of rock n roll arrested for profanity and assault and boycotted by parents and religious groups become the likeable mensch he is today