Van Halen Rising
Greg Renoff
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Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal
Greg Renoff
ECW Books
372 pages
October 2015
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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There have been multiple books written about this iconic hard rock band in recent years but Greg Renoff's book reveals information and insights only touched upon in those other explorations. Here in his intro, the author lays down his vision:

Remarkably, the way that Van Halen evolved into a band great enough to sell millions of records and skilled enough to electrify stadium crowds has been shrouded in mystery and supposition since Van Halen became famous. That's a pity, because before anyone outside of Los Angeles knew about the greatness of Van Halen, everything that had made the best episodes of Behind the Music must-see TV had already happened to the band. Van Halen's road to success wasn't smooth and it wasn't short, but it was a dizzying, white-knuckle ride.
Renoff talks about that crazy adventure to success in depth. To that end, he interviewed well over 200 people to find the answers. Among those interviewed were Van halen bassist Michael Anthony as well as key individuals such as Neil Zlozower (the band's remarkable photographer), Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and many others.

The book concentrates on the band's early years up until their signing and the release of their first self-titled album. This is a thoroughly engaging book and will fascinate and astound even those fans who thought they already knew everything there was to know about Van Halen.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2015

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