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Red Audiobook

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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    Michelle K. 10-12-15
    Michelle K. 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting and insightful. Inspiring with truth."

    Fascinating well put auto biography. I felt that you could envision the atmosphere of Sammy's life. I am so glad that I read this. I always have been a big fan of Hagar's music, now even more so! This book was done with great finesse and detailed explanations of who, when, where and why....SWEET.

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    Beachy 131 09-20-15
    Beachy 131 09-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sammy rocks"

    I learned a lot about Sammy and Van Halen. Getting the insights on one of my favorite bands is great.

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    Fargo Factory 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    If you are into Van Halen while Sammy fronted the band, this book is a must! The narrator also sounds like Sammy so you do feel as though this is coming straight from him.

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    David 06-28-15
    David 06-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Could Not Put it Down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red?

    The brutal honesty. I love the line that was something like, "I loved my wife so I was always careful" (when having sex with other women). I think its safe to say that there will be no Van Halen reunion anytime soon. Sammy shares the good, the bad, and the ugly. It also explains a lot about Van Halen. I remember that Eddie was just weird. Wouldn't sit down. The reason he did that is Eddie is weird. I guess its hard to stay centered when everyone is telling you that you're God.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Scott, but he was awesome. I kept thinking, "This sure sounds like Sammy.."


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

    Absolutely. Great stories. Great insights, from a guy who has been doing this a long time. Montrose is one of my all time favorite albums. It stands the test of time.


    Any additional comments?

    God bless Sammy.

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    mike.laplante Windsor, ON 05-27-15
    mike.laplante Windsor, ON 05-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Charmed Life Story."

    A pretty good story about an awesome rock and roller. There are not many surprises in this book but it is a chronological telling of the events of his life.

    It takes a while to get used to the narrator's style of delivery, but once you get used to it, you almost think it's Sammy talking.

    Recommend.

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    bill 05-03-15
    bill 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exactly what I expected"

    Good stories and no bs. One of the best I have ever listened to. Simply great.

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    G Lawrence Edwards 01-03-15

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    "A Good Story & Great Listen"

    Scott Shepherd's narration elevates this story into the extraordinary. Funny, and bust-out Rock & Roll. It's the real deal.

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    Eric F. Omaha, NE 10-02-14
    Eric F. Omaha, NE 10-02-14
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    "F*cking loved it!!!"
    What did you love best about Red?

    Not much of Sammy's story was a mystery, in general, but it was interesting to learn the real secrets behind a lot of the stories. I've loved Sammy from a little before he joined VH and have always been a fan of his attitude, business sense, and all around nice guy stuff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator was terrific. The sex and drugs!!


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like Sammy!! No joke, he was definitely chosen for a reason.


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    Niels Utrecht, Netherlands 02-23-14
    Niels Utrecht, Netherlands 02-23-14 Member Since 2012

    There's so much to discover just by listening.

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    "Unexpected lessons on life, music and business."

    Sammy Hagar is an interesting character. Here's a guy who has experienced a life that sounds like a moviescript: Born and raised under difficult circumstances with a father who drinks and fights most of the time, Sammy beats the odds to become a very successful rock star and serial entrepreneur.

    I must say that I admire Sammy's upbeat, straigh forward and at times almost naive view on life. He may be in his sixties but he has the joy and energy of an eight year old. The fact that his childlike enthousisasm has lead him to major success both in music and business is quite impressive.

    Throughout the book Sammy appears to be as honest about himself as the other people he talks abouts. Nobody get's spared, himself included but it never comes across as mean. The story of his life is full of extremes, contradictions and even some valuable lessons on life, music and business.

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    A. Garofalo 02-20-14
    A. Garofalo 02-20-14

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    "easy listen"

    nothing spectacular, but i kept listening. I wish it had been a litlte be longer and maybe a bit more in depth in certain sections.

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