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
Excellent, very honest memoir on Hagar's life. I couldn't stop listening to this book, great performance by the narrator.
A MUST listen for any fan of Sammy. Great stories and honest confessions from the Red Rocker. Shepherd does a good narration but wish Sammy could've done it instead. My ONLY complaint.
Sammy's story is more than a story about a musician. It's a story about an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur. I knew about his success with his tequila, but didn't know about the other businesses that he built. Throw in the behind the scenes dirt on Van Halen, and there's quite a story to tell.
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.
I don't have the print version
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.
I haven't heard Scott, but he was awesome. I kept thinking, "This sure sounds like Sammy.."
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.
God bless Sammy.
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.
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