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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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    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.

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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.

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    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-20-12
    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-20-12
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    "Bloody Awsome"
    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 Member Since 2012
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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!


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    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 01-24-12
    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2014
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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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    I bought this! Newark, DE, United States 01-14-12
    I bought this! Newark, DE, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book"

    I really didn't know who Sammy Hagar was. After listening to this book I wished I could meet him. He tells a great story and I couldn't wait until the next time I could steal a minute to listen to more. I would highly recommend this book!

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    rebecca jersey city, NJ, United States 01-06-12
    rebecca jersey city, NJ, United States 01-06-12
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    "red rocker kicks ass"

    This book kicks ass - all the funny stories about the life of a rockstar who also stayed in the positive realm of life

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    Tom SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 12-05-11
    Tom SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 12-05-11
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    "Sammy is the real deal..."
    Where does Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm glad he didn't waste all of his time talking about the Van Halen years. Like he says,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red?

    Dealing with his druken father!


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

    Sammy


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

    There were laughs and snickers at various moments in the listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book! (or audible)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert TOMS RIVER, NJ, United States 11-25-11
    Robert TOMS RIVER, NJ, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sammy Equals Rock"

    Not sure what to expect, but boy was I surprised! I couldn't stop listening. Sammy has some very interesting story's to tell. A fantastic book. If you want to know things in the record business, read this. Very heart warming and funny. After this, Sammy deserves everything he has and more.

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    Curtis 10-30-11
    Curtis 10-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Strangely Fascinating"

    While I was listening to the book I kept asking myself how someone could live like that but in reality I believe we all think it would be cool to live like a rock star. He seems to be totally genuine and tells it like it is. The behind the scenes revelations are particularly interesting. I went to the 5150 tour when I was a kid and it sucked because I thought they were all wasted and put on a terrible show. After listening to his story, my intuitions were right.

    He has had a strange and unbelievable life and I love his spirit and drive. I couldn't wait to get back in my car after work so I could listen to some more. I never realized he was such a great business man. Well worth the credit but don't get it if you get offended by the F bomb and lots of sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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