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Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California…

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

by Greg Renoff

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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. ( )
  mstrust | May 4, 2016 |
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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.… (more)

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