Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

by Sammy Hagar
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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.

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ISBN-13: 9780062042361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 139,320
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Sammy Hagar is the multiplatinum Red Rocker, the outgoing, bombastic front man of hard rock champions Van Halen, currently embarked on his fourth platinum career with his supergroup, Chickenfoot. In addition to his legendary status among rock stars, he is the masterful entrepreneur behind Cabo Wabo tequila. When he's not on the road, he splits his time among California, Hawaii, and Mexico.

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Red 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
Longhornmom More than 1 year ago
I've had a thing for Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen since I was 15. If you love the Red Rocker as much as I do, this is a must read. It's well written and has great pictures. It gives the reader the sense that the life we envy of the Rock Star isn't always glamorous. They are alot like all of us- human. You get a great visual picture of the music business. It brought back memories of the Van Halen concerts and the heartbreak when I saw the Samuri hair and the bizarre way Eddie was on stage the last concert I went to. Thanks Sammy for sharing with us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the RedRocker (Sammy Hagar), Van Halen or Chickenfoot.... This book is great, I could not put it down. Love his bio, so honest and a all around Great Guy ..
charisme2003 More than 1 year ago
I started this think it was just another jumble of some rock star, but I was wrong. This was actually a pretty good read. It explains his life as well as his stardom.
Melissa Avery More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that i had a tough time putting down! It made me want to go back and listen to his music. Definitely worth the money!!
LuftWaffle More than 1 year ago
RED is a great behind-the-rocker story and will be appreciated by Hagar fans. I have to say that the writing could've been a lot better. A good editor should've caught the misspellings (David Gilmore? Really?) and punctuation problems and added some needed clarity to areas to the book. (For example: it was sometimes hard to follow which "he" was being referred to in some instances and there were transitions in time that weren't set up.) Sammy is a remarkable man and his story is fascinating; it's a pity that the writing bogged down his story a bit. That said, this is a fascinating tale from an engaging guy. From a very humble upbringing (to say the least) to his tireless pursuit of living his dream, RED is a good story with a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into underated performer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always liked Sammy...ever since Montrose. I love the insight into his life, and his impact on those around him; his inspiration for songs, and the struggles to make it where he is. Thank you for this book, Sammy!
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If you are a Sammy fan...I would say this is your read.
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Loved this book. A real page turner!
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There's little dispute that Sammy Hagar is among rock's best vocalists. He is also a better-than-average songwriter. Who knew he was such an engaging, entertaining storyteller? I didn't until reading "Red." He has entertained me for decades as Van Halen's frontman and through some excellent solo work. Like listening to "5150" or Chickenfoot, learning Hagar's backstory was an enjoyable ride. Be prepared for straight shooting and some colorful language. I have never met Sammy, but I'd wager he writes like he talks. He shares his hardscrabble upbringing without self-pity or martyrdom. The description of his first marraige plays out the same way. And while recollections of the Van Halen years are his side of the story, I suspect there's a lot of truth there. Eddie's meltdown is particularly sad. The anecdote about his and Alex's dad being their drinking buddy was telling in a dark way too. Rock excesses (and riffs on numerology) aside, Hagar comes off as a fun-loving regular kind of guy, not to mention an astute entrepreneur. Had he washed out in the rock and roll business, I get the sense he would have found success in another field anyway. The book's a quick read. The syntax isn't perfect but this is Sammy Hagar, not John Irving. When you finish reading, you'll almost wish you could buy the man another shot or two of Cabo just to keep the stories coming. I know I did.
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heywood263 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big Sammy Hagar or Van Halen fan but this is a great book. Sammy Hagar is a surprising character and a great business man and entrepreneur. What a surprise!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Sammy's writing style was a little offputting to me at first - I don't like to read profanity unless it is in dialogue. It just seems a little too much like the writer is trying to impress me with how rebellious he is or something. Still, getting over my initial dislike of his style, I stuck with it and it really is enjoyable reading about his solo years as well as his years with Van Halen. I think Duff McKagan's book (gave that one 5 stars) is better but this book is also quite good. Would recommend it.
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Great read. Couldnt put it down.
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Sammy is a very personable guy and it comes through in this book. He is one of those guys that has his hands in a dozen things at a time and brings energy and charisma to everything he touches. I get the impression that many of his former bandmates and collabirators are imtimidated by that, hence his many struggles with Montrose and VH. I feel bad for Eddie already, but some of Sam's insight makes me feel worse for him. Eddie seems like a real Howard Hughes now. Anyway the book is a good read and a look into the life of an actually nice guy rock and roller and an underated vet of the industry.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Nice depiction of his high values life in the music business.