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Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen
Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill
Hachette Books
336 pages
October 2021
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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This new book by Brad Tolinski (former editor for Guitar World magazine and the author of many other books including Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page) and Chris Gill sets the bar for everything Van Halen. Built around the authors copious and superb interviews with guitarist Edward Van Halen, Eruption takes the reader through Eddie's life from growing up in Europe to the time he crossed the Atlantic with his family to come to America.

Tolinski is a masterful interviewer and draws words and emotions from the guitarist few other journalists ever did. Edward, in his way, sounds perfectly at ease and comfortable in the author's presence and pulls no punches in talking about the various albums; his relationships with David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone; management; his home studio; and much more.

Additionally, there are auxiliary interviews with former manager Ray Danniels; Steve Lukather; Gary Cherone; Steve Vai; Tony Iommi; and many others.

If you only read one book about Edward Van Halen, do yourself a favor by reading this one. Everything you need to know you'll find on these pages.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2021

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