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
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.
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!
I'm glad he didn't waste all of his time talking about the Van Halen years. Like he says,
Dealing with his druken father!
There were laughs and snickers at various moments in the listening.
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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.
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.
I don't know who the narrator was, but I really thought it was Sammy when you get into it. Sometimes, Sammy comes across as a child in what he did, even as an adult. But compared to what I know of Van Halen, he's a freakin' genius.
The stories and history are fantastic.
Maybe a bit too much "patting himself on the back", but what can one expect from someone who is going to be a front-man in rock and roll, plus someone that successful.
Well worth it!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this audiobook, but I hate to break it to Sammy, but people are listening to hear about Van Halen. It definitely delivered, but Sammy as the genius behind every single thing got old after awhile. From fire sprinklers, to stage production, tequila, mountain bikes, cars, Sammy knows all and never fails! Wait, I left out band management writing, promotions, he really does it all!
I have read alot of the the popular and even some of the less popular music biographies out there, this one is hands down one of the best around. It gives such a great in depth perspective of a REAL rockstar and how its done right. Scott Shepherd adds to this so much with his awesome voice, its hard to turn off! I was hooked the whole way.
Fans of Eddie Van Halen best beware, this uncovers a lot of stories you might not want to hear.
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