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
This is a great success story that proves that anything is possible. Sammy took advantage of the best of both worlds. He lived the Rock Star life but was able to keep his focus not to crash a burn as so many do.
I think anyone who grew up in the 80’s will have to read Sammy Hagar’s book out of a need to connect with that great time…especially regarding music. Hagar covers a lot of ground…when you finish…you can’t help being amazed…and as expected…it was nice to hear from Hagar…his story…regarding the epic Van Halen. Just a great biography about people we know and love…Recommended!
An excellent autobiography! Filled with so many great short stories, and raw human emotionality, I didn't want to stop listening! Was nevee a huge Sammy Hagar fan before ... but he's won me over now -- not only with his standing as a legenedary rock and roll artist, but as wise business entrepreneur as well! Bravo Sammy! Wishing you the best in all you do always!
Not so much of a Hagar fan, but this is a must read for all you metal/rock fans from the 80's. I was amazed at what an entreprenuer Hagar is. He really has his hands in a lot of different pies, from an investment point of view.....fascinating read....also there's ton of history here about my all time favorite band, Van Halen....loved the behind the scenes look.
Great!!!! I am a Sammy Fan so I was really wanting to read this but never have the time to stop. This was perfect! Great book..on his life and his side of the story. A Must Read!
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