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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock | [Sammy Hagar]

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar. For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".
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Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar.

For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".

In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous story of his tear through rock 'n' roll, detailing the backstage antics and nonstop touring that have made his voice instantly recognizable. Beginning with his musical coming-of-age in the blue-collar towns of California, Sammy traces his rough and determined rise to fame, working harder than anyone else out there and writing songs about the things he loved: fast cars, loud parties, and lots of good times.

But solo success was just the start, a prelude to his raucous and notorious decade as the front man for Van Halen, one of the biggest-selling rock groups in history. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories from his time with the band, Red offers the Van Halen story as Sammy saw it, holding nothing back about the worldwide stadium tours, the tensions with Eddie, the messy parties, the divided friendships, and, of course, his controversial and widely disputed exit from the band.

After Van Halen, Sammy changed directions again, throwing himself headfirst into the tequila business and creating Cabo Wabo, one of the most successful tequila brands in the world. And all the while he continued to rock, touring the country with his bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot, and eventually reuniting with Van Halen for a tour that became both a box-office smash and a personal catastrophe.

©2011 Sammy Hagar (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ron shawnee, OK, United States 11-05-12
    Ron shawnee, OK, United States 11-05-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    He sounded alot like Sammy Hagar and made it just like hearing it from Sammy himself


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    Scott Long Beach, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Scott Long Beach, CA, United States 09-04-12
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    "classof1982rocker"
    What made the experience of listening to Red the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was very balanced and somewhat inspiring. Even if it is a little over the top on how many records were sold and and home many arena's were sold out, it is a great story.


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    He sounded like Sammy telling his own story. His age seemed appropriate and it was like listening to a long one sided conversation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened in like 15 minute chunks but was forced to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is there are no real life lessons just a guys life in Rock!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-20-12
    Michael 08-20-12

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    "Sammy is a cool guy"
    If you could sum up Red in three words, what would they be?

    Honest rocks short


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sammy Hagar? Why or why not?

    Yes. His storys and charactor are great.


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    It was awesome! Coulda been Sammy himself...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh a bit


    Any additional comments?

    This book was great but a bit too short for a 40 year career imo....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcos Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-01-12
    Marcos Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-01-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Nice book, but the singer is overrated."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book gives a good idea about the Van Halen Band during Haggard's time there. Eddie was crazy, in a strange autistic way. But he was a genius, with the curse to make all that worked with him small in comparison.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Things happen too fast. He gets into business and becomes a millionaire in a couple of pages. We don't know much about his relationship with his kids.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Shepherd – was your favorite?

    The narrator was superb. Sometimes I would forget it was not the author speaking, but Scott. Great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book surprised me on how the world changes, how a poor boy can go so far. I don't like his songs, and had never heard about him until Van Halen, and even so I always preferred the Roth phase. But what I didn't know was that he is more a business men than a singer. I would like to understand better how it happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, lacks some explanation in some parts, but gives a good idea on how the business work. Fans of Van Halen will enjoy some of the gossip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Greensboro, NC, United States 05-21-12
    Doug Greensboro, NC, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "SAMMY is the MAN!"
    Where does Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. I have always been a Sammy fan but even more now.


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    It seemed like sammy was reading it at times


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Peter middleburg, VA, United States 05-14-12
    Peter middleburg, VA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red?

    Understanding Sammy's family history and time with Van Halen.


    What does Scott Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At times I found him distracting from the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sinjin50 04-02-12
    sinjin50 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good read if you grew up on Sammy and VH"

    I couldn't stop listening to the audiobook. Not exactly literature but the subject matter is compelling enough for those of us who grew up in the 80's to make this time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-20-12
    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Red?

    Just loved it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red?

    The love the man has for those who mean something to him


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh


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    Russell 03-08-12
    Russell 03-08-12
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    "Sammy takes you on the "Story of his life" ride!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If your a rock fan, Sammy fan, Van Halen fan? You will be very happy. If your an autobiography fan, your gonna freak!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 01-24-12
    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read...which is the bottom line"

    I finished this book quickly, hard to put down. I've been a big fan of Sammy and of Van Halen for a long, long time and really looked forward to the book. The opening chapters were an eye opener filled with information I wan't aware of before and set a nice tone for the book.
    As the book goes on, it gets a little more 'dicy' and I became conflicted as to what my opinion now was of Sammy. In many ways, this story and this man is are an 'American Success Story' and illustrates what drive and passion can do for someone in America. His constant justifications for his bad behavior were 'off putting' to me. Fine, you're a rock star and lived the life....I don't need to hear your attempts to justify the disrespect you showed to your wife! And probably not enough credit was given to business partners who really helped Sammy succeed.
    In the end - we rate the book and any book that can't be put down...is worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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