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


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781770412637
  • ISBN-10: 1770412638
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 372
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

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 hooks and soul-inspired grooves. Renoff charts Van Halen’s earliest years playing in the garages, gymnasiums, and backyards of suburban Pasadena, Calif. Drawing on many interviews with band associates, he details how drummer Alex Van Halen and his guitar prodigy brother, Eddie, hooked up with born showman “Diamond” David Lee Roth and bass maestro Michael Anthony to become California legends. Armed with a bottomless well of confidence and “impossibly tight pants,” Roth led Van Halen to the top of the Pasadena backyard party circuit, building a following that helped the band score a record deal and, eventually, rock immortality. Renoff’s book is a thoroughly entertaining read that will appeal to every hard rock fan. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (Oct.)

 
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