Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga [NOOK Book]

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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 stories about groupies, booze bashes, and contract riders true? The naked truth is laid bare in Everybody Wants ...

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Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470536186
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 243,569
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Christe is the author of Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. He has written for Reuters, Revolver, Spin, Guitar World, Wired, and others. He is a regular host on the Sirius Hard Attack and Buzzsaw channels and appears often on television wearing black T-shirts.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: LEARNING TO PLAY "ERUPTION" 1

PART I RUNNIN’ WITH THE DEVIL 3

1 The Immigrant Song 7

2 Rats in the Cellar 19

3 Hotel California 31

4 Bat out of Hell 40

5 Back in the Saddle 51

6 Girls on Film 65

7 Jukebox Heroes 76

8 Kings of Rock 94

9 Road to Nowhere 112

PART II TOP OF THE WORLD 121

10 It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) 125

11 Roll with It 135

12 Nothing’s Shocking 148

13 Loveless 163

14 Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 180

15 Ill Communication 198

PART I I I WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE? 211

16 No Way Out 215

17 Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground 231

18 Get the Party Started 242

19 A Grand Don’t Come for Free 254

20 All the Right Reasons 269

ENCORE: VAN HALEN IV 277

BONUS TRACKS

A Eddie Van Halen Extended Discography 285

B Holy Grails: Unreleased Van Halen Rarities 287

C Pictures on the Silver Screen: Van Halen in the Movies 290

D The Menu: The Covers Band from Pasadena 292

E Uncovered: Van Halen Tribute Bands 294

F Van Hagar for Dummies 297

LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT! 299

INDEX 301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    You might not 'Jump' if you read this.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    Rehash of Facts for Hardcore VH Fans

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Crazy

    Crazy

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    great book!!!!!!!

    van halen is my favorite band, and i have read this book 4 times. great read!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    AWESOME

    a must read for all VH and 80s rock/metsal fans. Well written and great pics too

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    Amusing read...

    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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Standing Ovation for the New Hammer of the Gods

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Get it before the show!

    I forgot how much I've forgotten about Van Halen. It's nothing compared to what's in this book, though. A++

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    Standing Ovation for the new Hammer of the Gods

    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.

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