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After years of gigging everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen - led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen - had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear.
The quartet's classic 1978 debut, Van Halen, sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success. On tour, Van Halen's high-energy show wowed audiences and prompted headlining acts like Black Sabbath to concede that they'd been blown off the stage. By the year's end, Van Halen had established themselves as superstars and reinvigorated heavy metal in the process.
Based on more than 230 original interviews - including with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and power players like Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower - Van Halen Rising is the first book to tell the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage.
Would you consider the audio edition of Van Halen Rising to be better than the print version?
I only use Audible for my book consumption these days due to eye strain but this one did not disappoint.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Van Halen Rising?
Without a doubt the story of the 'secret' entrance staged by Roth and Berle. I thought I was a VH fan but somehow had never heard this story!
Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, first time.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The entire book moved me. The perseverance these guys displayed (especially Edward and Alex from the moment they boarded the ship to come to America) was just tremendous!
Any additional comments?
To Greg Renoff, thank you sir for the ULTIMATE Van Halen book! Your passion shines through here on every page. I highly recommend this for any VH fan (or even a passing fan).
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Greg Renoff really captures what is was like to be around one America's great rock 'n roll bands during their embryonic stage. Yes there was sex, drugs, and Rock, but there was even more hard work, determination and passion. The detailed accounts of Van Halen's early performances, just puts a smile on your face.
When you finish the book, you want so much more, especially the stories behind the soap opera years (1985, 1996, 98-2007)
Makes you want fire up some early Van Halen!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book is amazing!! Going back to the early days when, Van-Halen, would play backyard parties to 2000 people?!?! And they promoted everything themselves. No agents, no management... just them. This book focuses on the first Van-Halen album...the first tour...and how Eddie kicked every guitar player's ass, when they wanted a piece of, Eddie. You will not be disappointed with this awesome book!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A very well done compilation of multiple sources in telling the story of one off the greatest rock bands of all time.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I thought the story was fantastic and the delivery extremely well done. I only wish the book were longer and went into the Van Halen story after their first album and especially after Dave left. I'll but that book when the guy writes it.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I will listen to this again! I get to relive my long, lost love in Van Halen! The book took me there! I wish, I could have seen them when they were coming up, or maybe if they could be my brothers. Wake Up! Book is finished...
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great overview of the band before they were discovered. excellent narration as well as content.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
The story continues. Now Roth is back with the band there is a story there. Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony told (and are telling) there side. Now this is a group of guys in their 60's it's time to be clear. Like Civil War Veterans from both sides meeting at a Gettysburg reunion.
Im an old Van Halen fan. And their music has been a party with old friends who you trust. During the drama I felt betrayed, but got over it. This book brought back some of the good times.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
I have to give you fair warning this is a great book. I listened to the audible version and I was totally entrenched for eleven hours something minutes. What a great book from start to finish, no spoilers here, you'll have to find out for yourselves.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Talk more about the band instead of describing the experiences of random friends and fans in excruciatingly boring detail.
What didn’t you like about Sean Runnette’s performance?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. I love Van Halen and wanted to love this book. It didn't happen.
Any additional comments?
The biggest problem was the pace of the story. It really could have benefited from a good editing job.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
His was a great book!
Enjoyed the actual story itself, being a long time Van Halen fan. The first 10 minutes I nearly stopped as I didn't like the voiceover but as I got more into it, I really enjoyed it- the style suited the story.
Worth the read/listen