by Alex Van Halen


by Alex Van Halen


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From the iconic rock band comes a deeply personal tell-all that surpasses the bounds of rock history. This is the story of family, fame and brotherhood, told by Alex van Halen.

In this intimate and open account—nothing like any rock-and-roll memoir you’ve ever read—Alex Van Halen shares his personal story of family, friendship, music and brotherly love in a remarkable tribute to his beloved brother and band mate.

Told with acclaimed New Yorker writer Ariel Levy Brothers is seventy-year-old drummer Alex Van Halen’s love letter to his younger brother, Edward, (Maybe “Ed,” but never “Eddie”), written while still mourning his untimely death.

In his rough yet sweet voice, Alex recounts the brothers’ childhood, first in the Netherlands and then in working class Pasadena, California, with an itinerant musician father and a very proper Indonesian-born mother—the kind of mom who admonished her boys to “always wear a suit” no matter how famous they became—a woman who was both proud and practical, nonchalant about taking a doggie bag from a star-studded dinner. He also shares tales of musical politics, infighting, and plenty of bad-boy behavior. But mostly his is a story of brotherhood, music, and enduring love.

"I was with him from day one,” Alex writes. “We shared the experience of coming to this country and figuring out how to fit in. We shared a record player, an 800 square foot house, a mom and dad, and a work ethic. Later, we shared the back of a tour bus, alcoholism, the experience of becoming famous, of becoming fathers and uncles, and of spending more hours in the studio than I’ve spent doing anything else in this life. We shared a depth of understanding that most people can only hope to achieve in a lifetime." 

There has never been an accurate account of them or the band, and Alex wants to set the record straight on Edward’s life and death. 

Brothers includes never-before-seen photos from the author’s private archives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063265707
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 10/22/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 8,661
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Alex Van Halen is an American musician who was the original drummer and a co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. He lives in California.

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