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Lucas Aykroyd"Van Halen 101 doesn't aim to fill the biography void, although its first 100-odd pages offers a solid overview of the band's history. Sanchez establishes a colloquial voice early on. This is a book about dudes, by a dude, written for other dudes. The second half of Van Halen 101 is what really makes it worthwhile. Sanchez interviewed more than 100 musicians who influenced or were influenced by the guitarist's fretwork. Whether it's Steve Hackett and Harvey Mandel describing early two-handed tapping experiments that Eddie would transform into a signature sound, or Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow discussing the respect the late Randy Rhoads had for Van Halen's bluesy roots, the text is fresh and compelling."
—The Georgia Straight