Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography

Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography

by Kevin Dodds
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Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography by Kevin Dodds

In July of 1984, Edward Van Halen was the most popular musician in the world in the most popular band in the world—the band that to this day bears his own surname. As a 12-year-old, author Kevin Dodds experienced his first Van Halen concert, and it changed his life.

In this biography, Dodds takes a comprehensive look at the life of Van Halen, one of the world’s most famous and influential musicians. He examines Eddie’s early years growing up in the Netherlands; his life with his mother and musician father; the family’s immigration to the United States; his lifelong trials and tribulations; and his remarkable music career. For more than a year, Dodds delved into more than a thousand different sources to compile Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography, the story that captures the life of a man with complex personality and character traits whose life and times has played an important role in American cultural and musical history. Dodds has also woven his personal experiences with Van Halen as well as his own band into this story, providing a unique perspective in the field of rock-and-roll biographies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462054817
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 706,019
File size: 2 MB

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Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was it meant as a joke? This book was poorly written and far from definitive, which by definition would mean this was the final say on EVH. The only one who can tell EVH's story and have final say is the man himself. EVH never authorized, participated and likely doesn't even know this book was being written, which may actually be a good thing. Nor did anybody close to him. Nobody participated in this book. I don't so much mind the poorly written part because sadly most self-published books suffer this fate. No, it was the deceptive title and the fact this character blatantly ripped off the precious few other books written by others along with slews of old EVH interviews. To echo the sentiments of a fellow reviewer, this book is a reprint of Ian Christe's Everybody Wants Some. Actually a combo of Ian's EWS and Van Halen 101 by Able Sanchez. If you already either of those, don't bother with this.
WolfgangVanHalen More than 1 year ago
As a Van Halen fan, I had to read this. However, this book is very poorly written and edited. It has many mistakes with grammar ( run-on sentences, punctuation, missing words) that should never have gotten past a proofreader. Moreover, it is essentially someone reprinting Ian Christie's book verbatim. Very little new material is in this book. The author also makes statements about alcoholism that don't jibe with scientific fact. There are interesting gems but you aren't missing anything if you skip this book. It most certainly doesn't live up to the title.
SU812 More than 1 year ago
I was amazed with the information contained in this book considering the author has never met Edward Van Halen! I hope he gets the chance in his lifetime. I enjoyed reading this book and I am waiting patiently and excitedly for the new album and concert venues to be announced. Their last concert was fantastic!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I learned so much about Ed and his life. I was captivated by this book from page 1. I cant wait for the new album and concert. I love Tattoo. Go Van Halen! If you read this on an ereader the book itself was probably not adapted to it and thats why are so many mistakes. Again go Van Halen!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Van Halen this is a great read.
Joe_S_5150 More than 1 year ago
I can't put this book down since I got it. As a Van Halen fan for 20 years I've learned a lot of new things that I didn't know about Eddie and his guitar playing, personal life, achievements and challenges. This is THE DEFINITIVE bio of Eddie Van Halen, not just a definitive bio.