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Red Audiobook

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

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Publisher's Summary

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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    T.D. Cumberland County Kentucky 04-13-17
    T.D. Cumberland County Kentucky 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and honest audiobook."

    I enjoyed every chapter and actually didn't want it end. That doesn't happen very often with Bios. I would strongly recommend this to any Hagar fan or any rock fan out there.

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    Ronald A Nelson 04-12-17
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    "Enjoyed this book very much !"

    I liked Sammy Hagar hits, Montrose & him in Van Halen but i am not a super fan . But i love his story even more than his music .

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    James M. Patton 04-03-17

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    "It's Like He's Sitting There Telling You His Life!"
    Would you listen to Red again? Why?

    Yes. It is a fantastic read and the narrator did a good job of sounding like Sammy and getting his enthusiasm across.


    What other book might you compare Red to and why?

    Kevin Smith's "Tough Shit". Kevin Smith and Scott Shepherd both do a great job of keeping things moving and fun. Of course, Kevin Smith was telling his own story, so to compare Scott to Kevin is even more of a compliment as I find authors that narrate their own life stories capture them best. This truly was the next best thing to having Sammy read the book.


    What does Scott Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The enthusiasm and fervor that Sammy tells his story with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Van Who? Oh, You Mean Van Hagar!"


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    Henry L. Gomez miami, fl United States 01-29-17
    Henry L. Gomez miami, fl United States 01-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sammy's perspective is worth listening to."
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    As a fan of Van Halen in all its incarnations I enjoyed getting Sammy's take on the band. I had reached the conclusion that the problem with Van Halen was the Van Halen brothers not the lead singers. Sammy pretty much confirms that, however this is still only one side of the story. But I can see how Eddie and Alex being so close and Eddie's drug and alcohol abuse could cause rifts. One major theme of the book is that Sammy is a much more astute businessman than the Van Halens or DLR. He's been involved in everything from fire sprinklers to mountain bikes to tequila and made tons of money while the Van Halens let themselves get screwed out of tons of money by managers, record labels, etc. The narration here is excellent and after a while you think you're listing to Sammy himself.

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    James 12-31-16
    James 12-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Red the most enjoyable?

    I am a huge Van Halen fan and it was great to see where Sammy started from


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red?

    How the Van Halen brother were so hard to work with


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

    ALL


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sammy


    Any additional comments?

    Great book it really shows the struggles with the life of rock star

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    Brian Wozniak 11-13-16
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    "Nice. My first audio book."
    Where does Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book. So I don't have anything else to compare it too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a non fiction Biography of Sammy Hagar, lead singer of Van Halen, and solo artist, so it is not a fictional book.


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    His vocals made it sound like Sammy Hagar might say it.


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

    It was a touching book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sammy is my new rock hero. A real testament to the music industry. He's not a griper, or someone who blames people for his troubles. He went from rags to riches. The sections about his wife Betsy were moving. Great details about Van Halen that are still making me inspired. Certainly not a preachy person but one who tells it like it is. A real American male who makes it happen. A happening guy. Thanks Sammy.

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    Amazon Customer 11-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Red Hot"

    I love this book straightforward no bullshit,
    Sammy Hagar pulls no punches brutal truth about Van Halen, great listen

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    Bo Junk 09-26-16
    Bo Junk 09-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    My first concert was Sammy Hagar in 1982. I've been a fan ever since. Red is a fantastic look at where Sammy came from and how he became who he is. I couldn't put it down. I've always been a fan of Sammy's and I love him even more after this. Just added visiting Cabo to my bucket list. Scott Shepherd is a great narrator, even sounded similar to Sammy.

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    Derek J Rehm 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good stuff, but jumps around alot, timeline wise"

    Good stuff, but jumps around alot, timeline wise.
    The narration is spot on.
    Sammy is a hell of a story

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    Joseph S. Wentz SC 09-04-16
    Joseph S. Wentz SC 09-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The "Red Rocker" Lays It All On The Line"

    Just absolutely fantastic!! I've listened to this audio book 5 times. That's right...5 times!! That's how great this book is!! From his early roots, to rocking the biggest stadiums in the world...Sammy Hagar, still remains humble and down to earth. Do yourself a favor and get this book now!!

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