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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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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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    M. Gusher St Louis, Mo 06-25-17
    M. Gusher St Louis, Mo 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fills in the blanks honestly"

    In the 30 plus years since VH broke up the band hasn't talked a lot about the Diamond Dave years. This book filled in a lot of what is have assumed anyway but Mink was very honest and insightful and it was a very well written book.

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    "Great book that left me wanting more!"

    Fred Burnham's reading performance was outstanding (as usual).
    I've always loved Van Halen and I truly enjoyed this "peek behind the curtain." You really grow to feel for the author and see the band as regular people. You could tell he loved the band members and it was more than a job to him. They were more like a family. I felt like the book really brought these rock legends to life. Another case of alcohol and drugs spoiling the party. It's always fun and games.....until is isn't anymore. In truth, another tragic Rock 'n' roll story.

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    Robert 06-22-17
    Robert 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must for VH fans"

    My fave band as a kid was also the most dysfunctional.. .good insight on things I never knew

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    Donster 06-17-17
    Donster 06-17-17 Member Since 2016

    Well... I'm speechless!

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    "Drugs, Sex, and Mental Illness"

    Growing up as a die-hard Van Halen fan I couldn't resist the urge to read this book! I've always read in other books and magazines that the true character of David Lee Roth and the Van Halen Brothers were in question. Poor Michael Anthony, in spite of everything they put him through, he always showed class and refused to engage in the back-and-forth rhetoric! I guess I was always in denial for the reasons of the demise of this band but after reading this book everything makes perfect sense! I know it's only rock and roll but I like it!

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    Grant D. Williams 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Pretty shallow-nothing groundbreaking."

    For someone having so much inside knowledge of Van Halen most accounts of the bands exploits were fairly shallow and just typical backstage drama from a managers perspective. The best part is insight into the rift between DLR and the Van Halen's. Makes you feel sorry for Michael Anthony.

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    Jeff Williams Roseville, CA USA 06-13-17
    Jeff Williams Roseville, CA USA 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh My...."

    This sure seems like the ugly truth behind my favorite fun CA party band. The truth behind Van Halen is kind of like finding out the Wizard of Oz is just some pathetic old man pulling levers to create a grand illusion. Poor Mike Anthony, tired of hearing about the nicest guy in rock getting treated SO poorly. This book provides more information making me hate Eddie, Alex & David Lee Roth. Damn it! Wish I was not so hopelessly addicted to their music! Thanks for the book Noel, I think. I'd rather listen to Cheap Trick these days anyway! Can wait for their new album this Friday! True living legends still kicking serious ass!

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