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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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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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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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Good story made better by great narrator

Scott Shepherd did an outstanding job of translating Hagar's story. Hagar's emotions, frustrations, joy and sadness were conveyed brilliantly.

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Great telling of an autobiography

The story is interesting; Mr. Hagar lived from his teen years until this very day (whatever day you read this review) as a rock vocalist and musician....plenty of story there! The narrator does a wonderful job with his timing and inflection. It sounds more like a guy at the bar telling you his life story over a couple of tequilas than some guy reading from a book. Great job!

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really transparent, and great reader,

hagar lays it all out in the open. a riveting read with the perfect reader.