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
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.
Narrator was terrific. The sex and drugs!!
He sounds like Sammy!! No joke, he was definitely chosen for a reason.
There's so much to discover just by listening.
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.
Honest rocks short
Yes. His storys and charactor are great.
It was awesome! Coulda been Sammy himself...
Made me laugh a bit
This book was great but a bit too short for a 40 year career imo....
Yes, the book gives a good idea about the Van Halen Band during Haggard's time there. Eddie was crazy, in a strange autistic way. But he was a genius, with the curse to make all that worked with him small in comparison.
Things happen too fast. He gets into business and becomes a millionaire in a couple of pages. We don't know much about his relationship with his kids.
The narrator was superb. Sometimes I would forget it was not the author speaking, but Scott. Great job.
The book surprised me on how the world changes, how a poor boy can go so far. I don't like his songs, and had never heard about him until Van Halen, and even so I always preferred the Roth phase. But what I didn't know was that he is more a business men than a singer. I would like to understand better how it happened.
Good book, lacks some explanation in some parts, but gives a good idea on how the business work. Fans of Van Halen will enjoy some of the gossip.
This is one of my favorites. I have always been a Sammy fan but even more now.
It seemed like sammy was reading it at times
I did not read the print version.
Understanding Sammy's family history and time with Van Halen.
At times I found him distracting from the story.
I enjoyed the book.
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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