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Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga
     

Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga

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by Ian Christe
 

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The first definitive biography of the ultimate American rock band

How did a pair of little Dutch boys trained in classical music grow up to become the nucleus of the most popular heavy metal band of all time? What's the secret behind Eddie Van Halen's incredible fast and furious guitar solos? What makes David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar so wacky? And, are all those

Overview

The first definitive biography of the ultimate American rock band

How did a pair of little Dutch boys trained in classical music grow up to become the nucleus of the most popular heavy metal band of all time? What's the secret behind Eddie Van Halen's incredible fast and furious guitar solos? What makes David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar so wacky? And, are all those stories about groupies, booze bashes, and contract riders true? The naked truth is laid bare in Everybody Wants Some—the real-life story of a rock 'n' roll fantasy come true.

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* "Good band, even better book...Essential reading for fans."  (Record Collector, December 2007)

"Respect is due to author Ian Christe.  His book is perfectly pitched, capturing both the flamboyant excitement and inherent absurdity..."  (Classic Rock UK, February 2008)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470039106
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/24/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
938,108
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Christe is the author of Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal, the definitive "bible" of heavy metal music and culture. He has written about music and technology for Reuters, Spin, Guitar World, Popular Mechanics, Wired, Salon.com, and Blender. He appears frequently on VH1, VH1-Classic, MTV2, and in documentary films, and he comments often for media outlets like Fox News, MSNBC, and USA Weekend. Since 2004, his Bloody Roots show has appeared weekly on Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Everybody Wants Some 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read, Unfortunately it reminded me of an extended Hit Parader magazine article. No big revelations. Lots of fluff and fanfare. The book should have delved deeper into the real reason Eddie has not used his musical genius in more than 10 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a new or mediocure VH fan, this book pulls all the public facts from VH music, interviews, press and the Internet into chronological order. If you are a hard-core VH fan, you already know all if this public information. Nothing new or insightful is contained in this book. Although the description boasts personal info about the band, nothing not already made public in interviews and the press is included. The band has done a great job of keeping their personal lives private. We'll have to wait for Valerie's memoirs for the insider's personal scoop. Anyone with Internet access and research capabilities could have written this book.
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Crazy
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The_Gridiron_Assassin More than 1 year ago
Long time Van Halen fan, figured I'd check this book out to learn a few nuggets. Mindless quick read - shows you how tough it is for 4 millionaires to get along, especially when the egos and booze start getting out of control. I also agree with the previous reviewer. This seems like a collection of excerpts Hit Parader, Metal Edge, Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone magazine articles. I do feel any young Van Halen fan (if there is such a thing) should read this as a historical reference. It left me feeling that Eddie Van Halen hates to realize that he's no longer relevant to young guitarists. The Nirvana story was pretty tough for this long time EVH fan to read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well-timed to connect with Van Halen's reunion tour, this is the ultimate refresher course (or primer, for that matter) on the great, sorely missed Van Halen. I appreciated hearing about everything from the childhoods through the clubs, the MTV years, the Hagar times, and the struggles in recent years. Great book, a great read, and a great band, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I forgot how much I've forgotten about Van Halen. It's nothing compared to what's in this book, though. A++
davebarckow More than 1 year ago
a must read for all VH and 80s rock/metsal fans. Well written and great pics too
Kristen Peacock More than 1 year ago
van halen is my favorite band, and i have read this book 4 times. great read!!!!