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Martin Popoff"Get inside Van Halen 101, and what you get is a superfan laying out every fact known about Eddie, in a highly conversational style which keeps it warm and swiftly moving. This is like sitting down to six beers with Abel while he convinces you how great Eddie is. Also quite unique, there are over 100 quotes/testimonies to Eddie by other rock dudes. The book is large dimensionally, and is almost 400 pages -- everything seems to be covered, all manner of technical talk, technique talk, detailed reviews of the records, the story of Eruption, a whole lotta context vis-a-vis Eddie in the pantheon of guitarists. Abel is like a marathon orator, and what he is professing is a highly detailed sermon on Eddie's unparalleled stature. But he's laid out all of the known facts on the band and then some, so the book becomes highly useful. By the end, you think Abel's a pretty swell guy too, 'cos he's just talked to you, and gotten across so much enthusiasm in doing so, for friggin' 400 pages. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating available, I give this book a 7.5 rating. Essential for any serious Van Halen fan."