Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock Author Sammy Hagar – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 ki Sammy Hagar legendary lead singer of Uncensored Life Epub Þ Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music s most notoriously successful performers tells his unforgettable story in Red: My PDF or 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 My Uncensored Life PDF Ë 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.


10 thoughts on “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Most rock star autobiographies are pretty much the same Guy grows up in a dysfunctional house in bad neighborhood The father in this story was the town drunk and the city is Fontana, CA, known to some as Felony Flats , guys falls in love, gets married, has a kid all the while struggling to keep a career as a musician going Guy has limited success for awhile There are ups There are downs Finally guy hits it big Joins an existing successful rock band and makes it even bigger Now either the Most rock star autobiographies are pretty much the same Guy grows up in a dysfunctional house in bad neighborhood The father in this story was the town drunk and the city is Fontana, CA, known to some as Felony Flats , guys falls in love, gets married, has a kid all the while struggling to keep a career as a musician going Guy has limited success for awhile There are ups There are downs Finally guy hits it big Joins an existing successful rock band and makes it even bigger Now either the author or someone close to the author has substance abuse problems which threaten the success of the band that has made it Okay, so in this case Sammy Hagar does have a remarkable story to tell He was the guy who was crazy enough, in a controversial move, to replace David Lee Roth as the lead singer in Van Halen back in the mid 80 s, and at the same time turn his back on a highly successful solo career As a sopho in high school, I remember the release of 5150 with nervous anticipation I wanted to project to work, but the newly released single, Why Can t This Be Love wasn t my cup of tea Needless to say, even if the album wasn t perfect, the record was pretty good What makes Hagar s book so intriguing is his story telling style He s very honest and matter of factly There are several amusing anecdotes throughout the book but sadly the book does deal with the drinking problems of band mate Eddie Van Halen and the fall out that took place ten years into Hagar s tenure as Van Halen singer Die hard fans of Van Halen will probably be familiar with a lot of the drama written about here, but it s presented tastefully, not in a I m good, they re bad kind of style As a fan of Van Halen since the days of DLR, I would really like to read a autobiography written by Michael Anthony, Van s Halen s bassist who was quiet during Roth split 1, Roth split 2, and Hagar split 1 as well as the coming and going of Gary Cherone There would be a book for VH fans Well, that and of course one from Edward himself


  2. Mark Mark says:

    Reading this book is akin to sitting in a room with a highly energetic, slightly ADD, person who is telling you their life story The structure is a rambling mess at times and makes you double check what part of his history you re reading His co author is a well respected writer, so I m surprised that this went to print the way it is It almost reads like a direct transcription of the interview tapes and left as is.I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic Sammy Hagar is bas Reading this book is akin to sitting in a room with a highly energetic, slightly ADD, person who is telling you their life story The structure is a rambling mess at times and makes you double check what part of his history you re reading His co author is a well respected writer, so I m surprised that this went to print the way it is It almost reads like a direct transcription of the interview tapes and left as is.I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic Sammy Hagar is basically a true entrepreneur who happens to be a musician I think he would have found success in any career field he went into I did enjoy understanding the environment in which a musician finds himself, both personally and business wise, to be successful in that field It definitely makes me glad I pursued anormal life than one in popular music The part I found troubling, and somewhat disgusting, was his inconsistent position on drugs He says numerous times in the book that he doesn t really do drugs, but then repeatedly brings up smoking weed and doing cocaine He details other musicians behavior with drugs, but minimizes his own His drug use isn t even contained to a period of his life He still mentions cocaine use within the last few years Granted, he doesn t really moralize the use of drugs by anyone He s just telling his story, but then he shouldn t use statements like from that point on I didn t do drugs when it s obvious he never quit them


  3. Perry Perry says:

    Music is the outburst of the soulFrederick DeliusThis is the most candid autobiography of a rock star I ve read back in 2011 Jaw dropping at times I loved it Sammy Hagar brings to mind the quote above from Delius Listening to some rock songs, particularly when Hagar is lead vocal, makes my soul seek to soar.


  4. Fred Klein Fred Klein says:

    I m not a Sammy Hagar fan As competent as he is as a singer, I always found his voice annoying Nor am I much of a fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar There is no question that Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, but Roth s voice was the voice of Van Halen Not to get too much away from the subject, but this reminds me of Ratt, another band fronted by a singer with limited abilities, but, nonetheless, without Stephen Pearcy, it s just not Ratt So why did I read this book Well, I fin I m not a Sammy Hagar fan As competent as he is as a singer, I always found his voice annoying Nor am I much of a fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar There is no question that Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, but Roth s voice was the voice of Van Halen Not to get too much away from the subject, but this reminds me of Ratt, another band fronted by a singer with limited abilities, but, nonetheless, without Stephen Pearcy, it s just not Ratt So why did I read this book Well, I find the story of Van Halen interesting, and, for me, this is the next natural progression for me to read the story of Van Halen I read Van Halen Rising How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, about their beginnings as a band, and Runnin with the Devil A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen, about the years with David Lee Roth Sammy Hagar s book was the next place to go.And when Hagar talked about Van Halen, I was interested But this book is not just about Van Halen It s Hagar s stories, and you get the biographical information about his poverty stricken youth, his struggles as a young singer, his time in Montrose, and his solo years Later, you get to hear about his success with his Cabo Wabo club and tequila brand If you are a Hagar fan, you will be interested I lost interest when he wasn t talking about Van Halen Aside from that, whether you are interested in the whole story or not, this book is flawed It s one of thepoorly written autobiographies I ve ever read and I ve read autobiographies by Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne Hagar had a co author Where was he The writing is clunky and disjointed, sometimes hard to follow Hagar goes off on his love of numerology, and it s incomprehensible Also, I am not a prude, but Hagar curses too much, to a ridiculous extent Maybe it was to make the reader feel like you were having a personal conversation with the real Sammy Hagar and getting to know him, but it was overdone.A plus about his book is that Hagar is, in my view, very honest He lays it all out, whether it makes him look good or not and he often doesn t Some of what he says is laugh out loud funny, like how he says that David Lee Roth thinks he s so great but is not a great singer and looks gay.As for the Van Halen stuff, it s fascinating and quite consistent with what I ve read before The Van Halen brothers were extreme alcoholics, to the point that it was damaging Edward Van Halen s ability to play this I didn t know before and his health including missing teeth The descriptions of their cruelty to Michael Anthony are consistent with what I read in Runnin with the Devil A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen.So this review is not a great endorsement of this book There are pluses and minuses If you love Hagar, it s worth your time If you just want to learnabout Van Halen, I d say this might be a good third book to read as it was for me, but check out the other two first


  5. That70sheidi That70sheidi says:

    Everyone knew that the Van Halen brothers were repugnant, alcoholic psychos, but the stories in the book are awesome and drive home how crazy they really are Musical talent doesn t remotely make up for the utter contempt I have always had for them and Roth what a freak.I loved the first part of the book because I d been a fan of Hagar long before VH ever entered my radar It was great hearing about his life and where he got his work ethic mom and it was astounding hearing how diverse his Everyone knew that the Van Halen brothers were repugnant, alcoholic psychos, but the stories in the book are awesome and drive home how crazy they really are Musical talent doesn t remotely make up for the utter contempt I have always had for them and Roth what a freak.I loved the first part of the book because I d been a fan of Hagar long before VH ever entered my radar It was great hearing about his life and where he got his work ethic mom and it was astounding hearing how diverse his financial portfolio is, from a sprinkler system business to mountain bikes Good on him I was disappointed in how things ended with Betsy, because it seems like he really never tried to understand mental illness or what he could couldn t do to help her and just threw in the towel What he did when she and the kiddo were coming for a surprise Christmas is fucking low, too Hearing about the birth of the cantina and the ridiculous interactions with David Lee Roth were interesting Why anyone would come within 20 feet of Roth, either professionally or personally, is a mystery to me As for the Van Halen boys I guess you reap what you sow cancerous tongue and divorces Enjoy your fame


  6. Chip& Chip& says:

    I m a huge fan of Sammy Hagar Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their Apex if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to fuck off Come to think of it, that s exactly what I did say.But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy After reading the I m a huge fan of Sammy Hagar Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their Apex if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to fuck off Come to think of it, that s exactly what I did say.But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy After reading the excerpt of Red My Uncensored Life in Rock in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine a few months ago, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book Reading those few pages about his time with the Van Halen brothers had me convinced this was going to be the greatest Rock Bio of all time.That was not the case here The book is a very good and easy read But it s far from perfect It starts off rather slow It s not until we get into his Montrose days does the book kick it up a notch But once it gets into the Van Halen years orto the point of when Sammy dishes on all things Eddie and Alex does this book go to a completely different level You will find yourself turning pages as fast as you can This is the fastest I have ever read any book Less than a day Sheesh Me and my buddy Rich should I have phrased it like that It sounds like I m talking about a drummer Haha have been talking about Van Halen and all the fucked up things in and out of this band for years So this book is like reading what we have always been talking about for the last 10 years This is good stuff right here and will have you looking at Eddie in a completely different light.Unfortunately these are the only high points of the book There s plenty here to keep you busy But I was disappointed that there wasn tto the story about his tour with David Lee Roth I knew there was some bad blood between the two out on the road and I was hopeful that we would get all the dirt once and for all Sadly, that doesn t happen here.After such a huge, thrilling ride for pretty much the entire book, it goes flat at the end Not a whole lot was said about Chickenfoot at all to close it out which is kind of disappointing Having said that, I can absolutely recommend this book if your wanting to hear some juicy details about the VH boys.You can findof my Book, DVD, TV and Movie reviews at my Forum Penny Can at Feel free to stop by and contribute your 2 cents


  7. Donna Donna says:

    I thought I would love this because this is my kind of music But unfortunately, I just have one word for this autobiographyUGHHHHHHHH I can t even write a review on this because I would have to break every rule of mine regarding autobiographies memoirs I love reading them, but this was painful.


  8. Scott Scott says:

    This was a pretty good read I ve been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton came out I saw him on a midwest tour when I was in 8th Grade and he put on an amazing show The only person I ve seen put on as energetic a show was Lenny Kravitz when he opened for the Cult at Hampton Coliseum.This book managed to capture his energy It s not always a coherent account, but it flows well I read it in one sitting and it was like spending a night sitting there listening to him tell the story of his life.If This was a pretty good read I ve been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton came out I saw him on a midwest tour when I was in 8th Grade and he put on an amazing show The only person I ve seen put on as energetic a show was Lenny Kravitz when he opened for the Cult at Hampton Coliseum.This book managed to capture his energy It s not always a coherent account, but it flows well I read it in one sitting and it was like spending a night sitting there listening to him tell the story of his life.If it was anybody but Sammy, it might come across as a little bitchy and gossipy His reputation as a straight shooter lends a credibility to the narrative that appealed to me He manages to avoid sounding bitter about situations where he was treated poorly His attitude is amazing He wanted to be a rock star and he made it happen I like the guy evenafter reading Red.The two high points of the book for me personally were when he mentioned jamming with Lemmy from Motorhead and Lemmy wanted to play Rock Candy with him Pretty freaking cool The other was when he described meeting his second wife This was cool to me because I was at that Van Halen show at Hampton Coliseum when she came to see him Alice in Chains opened and they were pretty good, but no one can match Sammy s energy on stage.There are two reasons I couldn t give it 5 stars It s very conversational in tone, like it was a transcription of a conversation It rambles a bit, which both adds to the feeling that he s telling the story, and detracts from the narrative flow The other reason is that it just wasn t as good as Alice Cooper Golf Monster which I did give 5 stars.If you like Sammy or are curious about the Van Halen Hagar split you should read this book


  9. G. Branden G. Branden says:

    Red is primarily a narrative memoir about Hagar s rags to riches life story, padded out with vague tales of debauchery involving sex and drugs, and moderately detailed accounts of conflicts with agents, managers, record company staff, bandmates, and on one occasion a hostile Kiss audience in New York City.Sammy s kind of a mystic, which detracts from the book There are improbable tales of fortune tellers and semi precognitive dreams, and a loopy preoccupation with extraterrestrials who lurk c Red is primarily a narrative memoir about Hagar s rags to riches life story, padded out with vague tales of debauchery involving sex and drugs, and moderately detailed accounts of conflicts with agents, managers, record company staff, bandmates, and on one occasion a hostile Kiss audience in New York City.Sammy s kind of a mystic, which detracts from the book There are improbable tales of fortune tellers and semi precognitive dreams, and a loopy preoccupation with extraterrestrials who lurk clandestinely among us a credulity to which he fortunately gives vent only a few times Further, he writes of his embarrassingly childlike fascination with the number nine, and he recounts his discovery, wide eyed, of certain properties it manifests in the decimal or base 10 number system The sad thing about this isn t that he noticed or talks about it indeed, it shows that he can be observant and thoughtful but that in his sixty three years of life, apparently neither he nor anyone around him has thought to capitalize on his insight by exposing him to number theory and other areas of mathematics He talks of being an excellent student in school, up to the point when pussy and rock and roll became permanent distractions And yet, he did actually graduate high school He also harps on how he doesn t drink or do drugs when within a page of making this claim he ll relate some story about snorting cocaine Now, to be fair, he seems to have experimented with just about everything without getting hooked, whereas the Van Halen brothers are according to public reports serious alcoholics with big health problems as a consequence But, still this incongruity implies that he s either mindlessly inconsistent or has a philosophy or strategy of recreational drug use that he doesn t bother to explain in the book.Relatedly, he tells a story of one hardscrabble job he had when still a teenager, and when the opportunity came up, he quit that job and never worked another day in his life Except for a few pages later, still not having broken out as a professional musician, he had guess what another hardscrabble job.Hagar s work ethic is admirable even if we hear little to nothing about how that work ethic manifests in woodshedding, or his training of his ears and voice but his reliability as a narrator doesn t measure up.He appears to have had one hell of a good business manager with a nose for good investments, whichthan his music career explains why he s wealthy today Hagar only glances off this insight when ahelpful approach would be to emphasize to young musicians that you ain t gonna get rich doing this job Sammy s music career has been an avocation, and he s largely lived off of interest, dividends, and capital gains One has to infer this from vague descriptions of his businesses and some mentions of gross revenues and staffing levels the persona that Hagar presents could not possibly read a balance sheet or PL statement, but I m betting that Sammy Hagar the man can do so, or he would have been milked dry by his business associates as so many other musicians have been There is almost nothing in this book about the craft of songwriting, and nothing at all about music theory granted, some great musicians never learn that or even vocal exercises or the development of his guitar technique Sammy is no slouch as a guitarist on Live without a Net, you can see him performing one of Eddie Van Halen s guitar solos one of his less demanding ones, which still ain t a cake walk while Eddie plays keyboards These days you could try to claim he mimed it, but by multiple accounts the Van Halen brothers played so drunk back in 85 that keeping time with a recording would be a shaky proposition Hagar talks about his cars, too, but again, seldom in details beyond a make, model, and once or twice, a year Does he maintain any of his own vehicles What does he like about the cars he loves We don t know There s nothing about handling characteristics, and not even anything about performance apart from an anecdote about outrunning California Highway Patrol Mustangs which couldn t managethan 140mph Hagar presumes that his audience is unsophisticated with respect to every topic he raises.The book flows well and is a stupidly fast read You won t learn any new words, that s for sure Thus you will make short work of it even if you re as underwhelmed as I was The authorial voice sounds like it was drawn from tape recorded interviews with the subject, which were then cut and pasted together into a mostly coherent narrative by Hagar s co author whose background is in journalism.I picked up this title mostly to check my uninformed opinions about the Van Halen brothers and Ray Danniels There s a sad story there about the death of their previous manager, Ed Leffler, which somewhat parallels the Beatles tale of disintegration after Brian Epstein died Sammy s story mostly supported my prejudices, and while one can certainly argue that his perspective is inescapably self serving, the many bad decisions the Van Halens have made without Sammy s interference or involvement are consistent with his account.In a brief afterword, Hagar waxes rhapsodic about the initial release of his book having gone to 1 on a bestseller list He speaks in terms of gratitude, but I m not sure he should have been surprised, if in fact he was As his memoir reveals, he s spent his entire life looking out for number one


  10. Book Him Danno Book Him Danno says:

    I was in High School when 1984 came out and when the Roth Hagar switch took place While I loved early Van Halen, and had all their albums well, cassettes in my day , I really liked the Hagar versionThe album 5150 was phenomenal, way beyond anything that had come before So I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it to get the inside scoop on what took place within the band over the years, and to see if Sammy really was that nice of a guy.Typically in a memoir I judge I was in High School when 1984 came out and when the Roth Hagar switch took place While I loved early Van Halen, and had all their albums well, cassettes in my day , I really liked the Hagar versionThe album 5150 was phenomenal, way beyond anything that had come before So I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it to get the inside scoop on what took place within the band over the years, and to see if Sammy really was that nice of a guy.Typically in a memoir I judge whether someone is a nice person based on how much they portray themselves as being totally awesome If they do not admit some faults, come across as very self depreciating, avoid attacking others out of hand, and just give a balanced retelling of their experiences If they do any of the above I generally write them off as an asshat.Reading about Sammy s story you come away realizing he is far from perfect, but sincerely a good guy who really cares about the people in his life, and about his passions like his music and tequila You rejoice in his successes, such as his Cabo Wabo Cantina, and the incredible achievement of his Cabo Wabo tequila which, spoiler, he sold 80 million dollars.With financial security came some freedoms, such as playing music he wanted to play with people he wants to play with, and several insights The one I thought about the most was his observation that as a busty person he always had a hard time just relaxing He always found himself crawling the walls looking for anything to do Without any pressures he learned how to find new levels of relaxation deeper levels.That makes me think of any endeavor in life Whatever you achieve or learn initially is nowhere near what we can accomplish if we just stick with it Push for new levels That can be scholarly work, self reflection, or regular job, or just plain relaxation You must work at anything if you really want to master it Much like Malcolm Gladwell points out, 10,000 hours is the currency of the greatest Typically I think we spend a few hundred for some knock off and convince ourselves it is just as good.Of course the elephant in the room is Van Halen Whether you chose to believe Sammy s quite reasonable account of what took place, I think we can all agree about two things First Eddie is a great guitarist Second Eddie has an ongoing terrible substance abuse problem that has hampered not only his career, but his whole life To paraphrase Kathi Griffin speaking about Whitney Houston , I look at Eddie and still hope the genius within can come back to us.In the end you learn that Sammy is a great guy who is doing all he can to live a happy life, be a good friend, and just make some great music


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10 thoughts on “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Most rock star autobiographies are pretty much the same Guy grows up in a dysfunctional house in bad neighborhood The father in this story was the town drunk and the city is Fontana, CA, known to some as Felony Flats , guys falls in love, gets married, has a kid all the while struggling to keep a career as a musician going Guy has limited success for awhile There are ups There are downs Finally guy hits it big Joins an existing successful rock band and makes it even bigger Now either the Most rock star autobiographies are pretty much the same Guy grows up in a dysfunctional house in bad neighborhood The father in this story was the town drunk and the city is Fontana, CA, known to some as Felony Flats , guys falls in love, gets married, has a kid all the while struggling to keep a career as a musician going Guy has limited success for awhile There are ups There are downs Finally guy hits it big Joins an existing successful rock band and makes it even bigger Now either the author or someone close to the author has substance abuse problems which threaten the success of the band that has made it Okay, so in this case Sammy Hagar does have a remarkable story to tell He was the guy who was crazy enough, in a controversial move, to replace David Lee Roth as the lead singer in Van Halen back in the mid 80 s, and at the same time turn his back on a highly successful solo career As a sopho in high school, I remember the release of 5150 with nervous anticipation I wanted to project to work, but the newly released single, Why Can t This Be Love wasn t my cup of tea Needless to say, even if the album wasn t perfect, the record was pretty good What makes Hagar s book so intriguing is his story telling style He s very honest and matter of factly There are several amusing anecdotes throughout the book but sadly the book does deal with the drinking problems of band mate Eddie Van Halen and the fall out that took place ten years into Hagar s tenure as Van Halen singer Die hard fans of Van Halen will probably be familiar with a lot of the drama written about here, but it s presented tastefully, not in a I m good, they re bad kind of style As a fan of Van Halen since the days of DLR, I would really like to read a autobiography written by Michael Anthony, Van s Halen s bassist who was quiet during Roth split 1, Roth split 2, and Hagar split 1 as well as the coming and going of Gary Cherone There would be a book for VH fans Well, that and of course one from Edward himself


  2. Mark Mark says:

    Reading this book is akin to sitting in a room with a highly energetic, slightly ADD, person who is telling you their life story The structure is a rambling mess at times and makes you double check what part of his history you re reading His co author is a well respected writer, so I m surprised that this went to print the way it is It almost reads like a direct transcription of the interview tapes and left as is.I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic Sammy Hagar is bas Reading this book is akin to sitting in a room with a highly energetic, slightly ADD, person who is telling you their life story The structure is a rambling mess at times and makes you double check what part of his history you re reading His co author is a well respected writer, so I m surprised that this went to print the way it is It almost reads like a direct transcription of the interview tapes and left as is.I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic Sammy Hagar is basically a true entrepreneur who happens to be a musician I think he would have found success in any career field he went into I did enjoy understanding the environment in which a musician finds himself, both personally and business wise, to be successful in that field It definitely makes me glad I pursued anormal life than one in popular music The part I found troubling, and somewhat disgusting, was his inconsistent position on drugs He says numerous times in the book that he doesn t really do drugs, but then repeatedly brings up smoking weed and doing cocaine He details other musicians behavior with drugs, but minimizes his own His drug use isn t even contained to a period of his life He still mentions cocaine use within the last few years Granted, he doesn t really moralize the use of drugs by anyone He s just telling his story, but then he shouldn t use statements like from that point on I didn t do drugs when it s obvious he never quit them


  3. Perry Perry says:

    Music is the outburst of the soulFrederick DeliusThis is the most candid autobiography of a rock star I ve read back in 2011 Jaw dropping at times I loved it Sammy Hagar brings to mind the quote above from Delius Listening to some rock songs, particularly when Hagar is lead vocal, makes my soul seek to soar.


  4. Fred Klein Fred Klein says:

    I m not a Sammy Hagar fan As competent as he is as a singer, I always found his voice annoying Nor am I much of a fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar There is no question that Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, but Roth s voice was the voice of Van Halen Not to get too much away from the subject, but this reminds me of Ratt, another band fronted by a singer with limited abilities, but, nonetheless, without Stephen Pearcy, it s just not Ratt So why did I read this book Well, I fin I m not a Sammy Hagar fan As competent as he is as a singer, I always found his voice annoying Nor am I much of a fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar There is no question that Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, but Roth s voice was the voice of Van Halen Not to get too much away from the subject, but this reminds me of Ratt, another band fronted by a singer with limited abilities, but, nonetheless, without Stephen Pearcy, it s just not Ratt So why did I read this book Well, I find the story of Van Halen interesting, and, for me, this is the next natural progression for me to read the story of Van Halen I read Van Halen Rising How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, about their beginnings as a band, and Runnin with the Devil A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen, about the years with David Lee Roth Sammy Hagar s book was the next place to go.And when Hagar talked about Van Halen, I was interested But this book is not just about Van Halen It s Hagar s stories, and you get the biographical information about his poverty stricken youth, his struggles as a young singer, his time in Montrose, and his solo years Later, you get to hear about his success with his Cabo Wabo club and tequila brand If you are a Hagar fan, you will be interested I lost interest when he wasn t talking about Van Halen Aside from that, whether you are interested in the whole story or not, this book is flawed It s one of thepoorly written autobiographies I ve ever read and I ve read autobiographies by Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne Hagar had a co author Where was he The writing is clunky and disjointed, sometimes hard to follow Hagar goes off on his love of numerology, and it s incomprehensible Also, I am not a prude, but Hagar curses too much, to a ridiculous extent Maybe it was to make the reader feel like you were having a personal conversation with the real Sammy Hagar and getting to know him, but it was overdone.A plus about his book is that Hagar is, in my view, very honest He lays it all out, whether it makes him look good or not and he often doesn t Some of what he says is laugh out loud funny, like how he says that David Lee Roth thinks he s so great but is not a great singer and looks gay.As for the Van Halen stuff, it s fascinating and quite consistent with what I ve read before The Van Halen brothers were extreme alcoholics, to the point that it was damaging Edward Van Halen s ability to play this I didn t know before and his health including missing teeth The descriptions of their cruelty to Michael Anthony are consistent with what I read in Runnin with the Devil A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen.So this review is not a great endorsement of this book There are pluses and minuses If you love Hagar, it s worth your time If you just want to learnabout Van Halen, I d say this might be a good third book to read as it was for me, but check out the other two first


  5. That70sheidi That70sheidi says:

    Everyone knew that the Van Halen brothers were repugnant, alcoholic psychos, but the stories in the book are awesome and drive home how crazy they really are Musical talent doesn t remotely make up for the utter contempt I have always had for them and Roth what a freak.I loved the first part of the book because I d been a fan of Hagar long before VH ever entered my radar It was great hearing about his life and where he got his work ethic mom and it was astounding hearing how diverse his Everyone knew that the Van Halen brothers were repugnant, alcoholic psychos, but the stories in the book are awesome and drive home how crazy they really are Musical talent doesn t remotely make up for the utter contempt I have always had for them and Roth what a freak.I loved the first part of the book because I d been a fan of Hagar long before VH ever entered my radar It was great hearing about his life and where he got his work ethic mom and it was astounding hearing how diverse his financial portfolio is, from a sprinkler system business to mountain bikes Good on him I was disappointed in how things ended with Betsy, because it seems like he really never tried to understand mental illness or what he could couldn t do to help her and just threw in the towel What he did when she and the kiddo were coming for a surprise Christmas is fucking low, too Hearing about the birth of the cantina and the ridiculous interactions with David Lee Roth were interesting Why anyone would come within 20 feet of Roth, either professionally or personally, is a mystery to me As for the Van Halen boys I guess you reap what you sow cancerous tongue and divorces Enjoy your fame


  6. Chip& Chip& says:

    I m a huge fan of Sammy Hagar Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their Apex if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to fuck off Come to think of it, that s exactly what I did say.But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy After reading the I m a huge fan of Sammy Hagar Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their Apex if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to fuck off Come to think of it, that s exactly what I did say.But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy After reading the excerpt of Red My Uncensored Life in Rock in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine a few months ago, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book Reading those few pages about his time with the Van Halen brothers had me convinced this was going to be the greatest Rock Bio of all time.That was not the case here The book is a very good and easy read But it s far from perfect It starts off rather slow It s not until we get into his Montrose days does the book kick it up a notch But once it gets into the Van Halen years orto the point of when Sammy dishes on all things Eddie and Alex does this book go to a completely different level You will find yourself turning pages as fast as you can This is the fastest I have ever read any book Less than a day Sheesh Me and my buddy Rich should I have phrased it like that It sounds like I m talking about a drummer Haha have been talking about Van Halen and all the fucked up things in and out of this band for years So this book is like reading what we have always been talking about for the last 10 years This is good stuff right here and will have you looking at Eddie in a completely different light.Unfortunately these are the only high points of the book There s plenty here to keep you busy But I was disappointed that there wasn tto the story about his tour with David Lee Roth I knew there was some bad blood between the two out on the road and I was hopeful that we would get all the dirt once and for all Sadly, that doesn t happen here.After such a huge, thrilling ride for pretty much the entire book, it goes flat at the end Not a whole lot was said about Chickenfoot at all to close it out which is kind of disappointing Having said that, I can absolutely recommend this book if your wanting to hear some juicy details about the VH boys.You can findof my Book, DVD, TV and Movie reviews at my Forum Penny Can at Feel free to stop by and contribute your 2 cents


  7. Donna Donna says:

    I thought I would love this because this is my kind of music But unfortunately, I just have one word for this autobiographyUGHHHHHHHH I can t even write a review on this because I would have to break every rule of mine regarding autobiographies memoirs I love reading them, but this was painful.


  8. Scott Scott says:

    This was a pretty good read I ve been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton came out I saw him on a midwest tour when I was in 8th Grade and he put on an amazing show The only person I ve seen put on as energetic a show was Lenny Kravitz when he opened for the Cult at Hampton Coliseum.This book managed to capture his energy It s not always a coherent account, but it flows well I read it in one sitting and it was like spending a night sitting there listening to him tell the story of his life.If This was a pretty good read I ve been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton came out I saw him on a midwest tour when I was in 8th Grade and he put on an amazing show The only person I ve seen put on as energetic a show was Lenny Kravitz when he opened for the Cult at Hampton Coliseum.This book managed to capture his energy It s not always a coherent account, but it flows well I read it in one sitting and it was like spending a night sitting there listening to him tell the story of his life.If it was anybody but Sammy, it might come across as a little bitchy and gossipy His reputation as a straight shooter lends a credibility to the narrative that appealed to me He manages to avoid sounding bitter about situations where he was treated poorly His attitude is amazing He wanted to be a rock star and he made it happen I like the guy evenafter reading Red.The two high points of the book for me personally were when he mentioned jamming with Lemmy from Motorhead and Lemmy wanted to play Rock Candy with him Pretty freaking cool The other was when he described meeting his second wife This was cool to me because I was at that Van Halen show at Hampton Coliseum when she came to see him Alice in Chains opened and they were pretty good, but no one can match Sammy s energy on stage.There are two reasons I couldn t give it 5 stars It s very conversational in tone, like it was a transcription of a conversation It rambles a bit, which both adds to the feeling that he s telling the story, and detracts from the narrative flow The other reason is that it just wasn t as good as Alice Cooper Golf Monster which I did give 5 stars.If you like Sammy or are curious about the Van Halen Hagar split you should read this book


  9. G. Branden G. Branden says:

    Red is primarily a narrative memoir about Hagar s rags to riches life story, padded out with vague tales of debauchery involving sex and drugs, and moderately detailed accounts of conflicts with agents, managers, record company staff, bandmates, and on one occasion a hostile Kiss audience in New York City.Sammy s kind of a mystic, which detracts from the book There are improbable tales of fortune tellers and semi precognitive dreams, and a loopy preoccupation with extraterrestrials who lurk c Red is primarily a narrative memoir about Hagar s rags to riches life story, padded out with vague tales of debauchery involving sex and drugs, and moderately detailed accounts of conflicts with agents, managers, record company staff, bandmates, and on one occasion a hostile Kiss audience in New York City.Sammy s kind of a mystic, which detracts from the book There are improbable tales of fortune tellers and semi precognitive dreams, and a loopy preoccupation with extraterrestrials who lurk clandestinely among us a credulity to which he fortunately gives vent only a few times Further, he writes of his embarrassingly childlike fascination with the number nine, and he recounts his discovery, wide eyed, of certain properties it manifests in the decimal or base 10 number system The sad thing about this isn t that he noticed or talks about it indeed, it shows that he can be observant and thoughtful but that in his sixty three years of life, apparently neither he nor anyone around him has thought to capitalize on his insight by exposing him to number theory and other areas of mathematics He talks of being an excellent student in school, up to the point when pussy and rock and roll became permanent distractions And yet, he did actually graduate high school He also harps on how he doesn t drink or do drugs when within a page of making this claim he ll relate some story about snorting cocaine Now, to be fair, he seems to have experimented with just about everything without getting hooked, whereas the Van Halen brothers are according to public reports serious alcoholics with big health problems as a consequence But, still this incongruity implies that he s either mindlessly inconsistent or has a philosophy or strategy of recreational drug use that he doesn t bother to explain in the book.Relatedly, he tells a story of one hardscrabble job he had when still a teenager, and when the opportunity came up, he quit that job and never worked another day in his life Except for a few pages later, still not having broken out as a professional musician, he had guess what another hardscrabble job.Hagar s work ethic is admirable even if we hear little to nothing about how that work ethic manifests in woodshedding, or his training of his ears and voice but his reliability as a narrator doesn t measure up.He appears to have had one hell of a good business manager with a nose for good investments, whichthan his music career explains why he s wealthy today Hagar only glances off this insight when ahelpful approach would be to emphasize to young musicians that you ain t gonna get rich doing this job Sammy s music career has been an avocation, and he s largely lived off of interest, dividends, and capital gains One has to infer this from vague descriptions of his businesses and some mentions of gross revenues and staffing levels the persona that Hagar presents could not possibly read a balance sheet or PL statement, but I m betting that Sammy Hagar the man can do so, or he would have been milked dry by his business associates as so many other musicians have been There is almost nothing in this book about the craft of songwriting, and nothing at all about music theory granted, some great musicians never learn that or even vocal exercises or the development of his guitar technique Sammy is no slouch as a guitarist on Live without a Net, you can see him performing one of Eddie Van Halen s guitar solos one of his less demanding ones, which still ain t a cake walk while Eddie plays keyboards These days you could try to claim he mimed it, but by multiple accounts the Van Halen brothers played so drunk back in 85 that keeping time with a recording would be a shaky proposition Hagar talks about his cars, too, but again, seldom in details beyond a make, model, and once or twice, a year Does he maintain any of his own vehicles What does he like about the cars he loves We don t know There s nothing about handling characteristics, and not even anything about performance apart from an anecdote about outrunning California Highway Patrol Mustangs which couldn t managethan 140mph Hagar presumes that his audience is unsophisticated with respect to every topic he raises.The book flows well and is a stupidly fast read You won t learn any new words, that s for sure Thus you will make short work of it even if you re as underwhelmed as I was The authorial voice sounds like it was drawn from tape recorded interviews with the subject, which were then cut and pasted together into a mostly coherent narrative by Hagar s co author whose background is in journalism.I picked up this title mostly to check my uninformed opinions about the Van Halen brothers and Ray Danniels There s a sad story there about the death of their previous manager, Ed Leffler, which somewhat parallels the Beatles tale of disintegration after Brian Epstein died Sammy s story mostly supported my prejudices, and while one can certainly argue that his perspective is inescapably self serving, the many bad decisions the Van Halens have made without Sammy s interference or involvement are consistent with his account.In a brief afterword, Hagar waxes rhapsodic about the initial release of his book having gone to 1 on a bestseller list He speaks in terms of gratitude, but I m not sure he should have been surprised, if in fact he was As his memoir reveals, he s spent his entire life looking out for number one


  10. Book Him Danno Book Him Danno says:

    I was in High School when 1984 came out and when the Roth Hagar switch took place While I loved early Van Halen, and had all their albums well, cassettes in my day , I really liked the Hagar versionThe album 5150 was phenomenal, way beyond anything that had come before So I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it to get the inside scoop on what took place within the band over the years, and to see if Sammy really was that nice of a guy.Typically in a memoir I judge I was in High School when 1984 came out and when the Roth Hagar switch took place While I loved early Van Halen, and had all their albums well, cassettes in my day , I really liked the Hagar versionThe album 5150 was phenomenal, way beyond anything that had come before So I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it to get the inside scoop on what took place within the band over the years, and to see if Sammy really was that nice of a guy.Typically in a memoir I judge whether someone is a nice person based on how much they portray themselves as being totally awesome If they do not admit some faults, come across as very self depreciating, avoid attacking others out of hand, and just give a balanced retelling of their experiences If they do any of the above I generally write them off as an asshat.Reading about Sammy s story you come away realizing he is far from perfect, but sincerely a good guy who really cares about the people in his life, and about his passions like his music and tequila You rejoice in his successes, such as his Cabo Wabo Cantina, and the incredible achievement of his Cabo Wabo tequila which, spoiler, he sold 80 million dollars.With financial security came some freedoms, such as playing music he wanted to play with people he wants to play with, and several insights The one I thought about the most was his observation that as a busty person he always had a hard time just relaxing He always found himself crawling the walls looking for anything to do Without any pressures he learned how to find new levels of relaxation deeper levels.That makes me think of any endeavor in life Whatever you achieve or learn initially is nowhere near what we can accomplish if we just stick with it Push for new levels That can be scholarly work, self reflection, or regular job, or just plain relaxation You must work at anything if you really want to master it Much like Malcolm Gladwell points out, 10,000 hours is the currency of the greatest Typically I think we spend a few hundred for some knock off and convince ourselves it is just as good.Of course the elephant in the room is Van Halen Whether you chose to believe Sammy s quite reasonable account of what took place, I think we can all agree about two things First Eddie is a great guitarist Second Eddie has an ongoing terrible substance abuse problem that has hampered not only his career, but his whole life To paraphrase Kathi Griffin speaking about Whitney Houston , I look at Eddie and still hope the genius within can come back to us.In the end you learn that Sammy is a great guy who is doing all he can to live a happy life, be a good friend, and just make some great music


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