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Runnin' with the Devil Audiobook

Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen

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Publisher's Summary

The manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and the legendary band that changed rock music.

Van Halen's rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world had ever seen - their mythos an epic party, a sweaty, sexy, never-ending rock extravaganza. During this unparalleled run of success, debauchery, and drama, no one was closer to the band than Noel Monk. A man who'd worked with some of rock's biggest and most notorious names, Monk spent seven years with Van Halen, serving first as their tour manger, then as their personal manager until 1985, when both he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, backstabbing, and disappointment consumed the band.

Throughout Van Halen's meteoric rise and abrupt halt, this confidant, fixer, friend, and promoter saw it all and lived to tell. Now, for the first time, he shares the most outrageous escapades - from their coming of age to their most shocking behavior on the road; from Eddie's courtship and high-profile wedding to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use that would ultimately lead to everyone's demise. Sharing never-before-told stories, Monk paints a compelling portrait of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship, and naiveté that shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time - and made him and his brother vulnerable to the trappings and failings of fame.

Runnin' with the Devil is manna from rock heaven no Van Halen fan can miss.

©2017 Noel Monk (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Scootrbee Liberty, MO 07-11-17
    Scootrbee Liberty, MO 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Must Read!"

    I love this book! It was well written and very informative with insight to the DLR Van Halen years. If you're a fan of that era, what are you waiting for? Listen Now!

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    R. Dack St. Louis Park, MN United States 06-30-17
    R. Dack St. Louis Park, MN United States 06-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great reader. Great book about VH's Roth years."

    Sex, drugs addiction, ego's, immaturity, power grabs, rock and roll from their managers perspective. Was in a rock band from 86-94. it was a pain in the butt except for being onstage. Endless hours of getting on each others nerves. Work a real job.

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    Steve 10-12-17
    Steve 10-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read if you are or were a VH fan!"

    Wow, if you grew up listening to Van Halen, you need to listen to this book. Extremely well written from first hand accounts by Noel Monk, who was the band's road manager for a handful of years. I actually remember some of the events that happened during the DLR days such as when they cancelled a couple of shows because Eddie hurt his hand in New York. I had tickets to see them in the Meadowlands and remember the disappointment when I heard over the radio that the show was cancelled. Anyway, really enjoyed the book, it was a great listen, it was read brilliantly by Fred Berman.

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    Product Buyer99 10-02-17
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    "Van Halen bio"

    Filled with a few solid good stories about behind the scenes . Loved the managers renegotiation of the record contract. Overall a good story, good guy . But a sad tell all portrayal of drugged out excess of 80s rock and roll and the eventual split apart of van halen

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    Anonymous 10-02-17
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    "loved it!"

    very informative and entertaining. No Holds Barred the truth and nothing but the truth. Saw VH twice during early 80s. Explains why they sounded so rough. I have always said that the second time I saw them was one of the rivers concerts I've ever attended. cocaine and whiskey will do that.

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    jim cheatle chicago, IL USA 10-01-17
    jim cheatle chicago, IL USA 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "mediocre."

    mediocre. the writing was so diluted with filler phrases. it reads and was told like a college student newspaper report. could have been so much better with a more casual air of the experiences.

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    Mommy Alexandria, VA 09-28-17
    Mommy Alexandria, VA 09-28-17
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    "Good read"

    A bit annoying that the author uses "we" when talking about the band but he's got some great stories. Worth a read for Van Halen fans.

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    ESVK Atlanta, GA 09-28-17
    ESVK Atlanta, GA 09-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "All That Glitters Isn't Gold"

    Fred Berman does an amazing job of narrating the audio version of the book. Noel Monk's account is a comprehensive, believable version of 1978 - 1984. The story is frank and sadly predictable. What's remarkable is the fact that the band was able to produce so well for so long while alcohol, drugs, and egos made unhappiness and discontentment a regular friend. Michael Anthony achieves sainthood in Monk retelling. While, I honestly felt so for Michael, fortunately, his net worth is similar to his bandmates and it doesn't appear that the attempts to reduce his income, beginning in 1984, mattered much. While I love their music, I wouldn't trade places with Monk or anyone in the band.

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    Jeffery Bravo Lange 09-23-17
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    "very entertaining"

    loved it. The author offers his perspective on the true actual story of van halen. he was with them in the beginning.

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    patricia wernet 09-20-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Not really a crazy tell-all of wild times of a young band"

    Good story and interesting to see how fame changed the band, but I was anticipating a lot more of the wild behind-the-scenes type of tale.

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    9/4/17
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    "The Truth is (now) Out There"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrative certainly explains an awful lot about how and why the music evolved and devolved - from VH1 to Women & Children First (in my view one of the best albums). How it grunged with Fair Warning then imploded into the disgrace that was Diver Down. Finally exploding and burning up with 1984.

    If you like Van Halen - but have many unanswered questions about why such a truly unbelievable band disintergrated in such a few short years - then this book is for you.


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    7/24/17
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    "Fascinating insight into Van Halen"

    If you love Diamond Dave era Van Halen then this book lifts the lid on how messed up that period was. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. This has it all. Riveting stuff!

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  • Jonathan Killeen
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    "...revenge is a dish best served cold..."

    This is most likely a book for the non Van Halen fan or a fan of rock 'n' roll excess. Lots of stories based on 1 to 1 conversations with band members who famously say nothing in clarification . Hard to take for the diehards with bitterness from the author coming across more that anything.

    There are better books on the band's rise to fame particularly 'Van Halen Rising' which is joyous without being too reverential...

    Great audio performance....shame about the content...

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