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Crazy from the Heat Paperback – June 1, 2000
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The text reads like an extended DLR interview. Anyone looking for linear thought patterns or a chronological history of ... well, anything, will be disappointed. This is not that book. Instead, it's Dave explaining why he does what he does. And those explanations are fairly consistent with his actions, even post-book. It seems a safe assumption that Dave is authentic, and authenticity is a valuable commodity.
In that respect, Dave's a bit like the late British comedian Benny Hill. Sure, Hill repeated the same jokes for thirty years, and his act was regarded by many as corny and unsophisticated. But that's what it was *supposed* to be, and in many instances the output was pure genius. Same with Dave.
My sister once met an old high school friend, many years after graduation (Ain't this a great segue? Just like the book). After the usual /live/work/family/hobbies questions had been raised and answered with the standard replies, there was a long pause in the conversation. Then the friend, who'd apparently been reflecting on his life for a moment, said "You know, I probably spend way too much time thinking of ways to get David Lee Roth back in to Van Halen." If there's a better tribute to a man, a band, or what it represents, I don't know what it is.
This book is not a Van Halen book. It is a biography of a man with many talents and interests. DLR is all about having fun, and he definitely lives life to the fullest, whether it involves mountain climbing, vacations to third world countries, or even kayaking around the island of Manhattan - Diamond Dave has done it all. I found his critique of all the money-hungry cronies in the music business to be the most interesting section. He talks about early on in his career when Van Halen was making millions, but he was barely making enough money to survive. He talks about the importance of overseeing where all your money goes (agents, managers, promoters, etc.) and managing those finances yourself. DLR also talks about wandering around Southern California as a teenager - he claims he always saw himself as an african-american! This book sparked my interest in Rudy Ray Moore's DOLEMITE movies. Roth was a huge fan and I am as well thanks to this amazing book. There's also plenty of decadent content to fulfill your desire for stories about the Rock-N-Roll lifestyle, but this book takes you far beyond that.
My favorite part is from the last chapter when he talks about when he was on his way to a radio interview and he was stuck on a long bridge. He ended up getting out of the car and running along the bridge to the radio station while everyone in their cars cheered him on! What a great book. I recommend it to anyone, not just Van Halen fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This one didnt knock me out, but it was worth reading. Learned quite a bit about Dave and had a greater appreciation for him afterword. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie J.
This is a horribly written book that is almost unreadable. Roth goes off on tangents every other sentence. Love his music, hate his book.Published 6 months ago by KRIS EDWARD GANT
Oh, David Lee Roth. How I adore thee. What I give to have been a teenager with loose morals in the early 80's & following your band. I was sadly born too late. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N Fare
Awesome read. You can tell it was written by Dave. Great stories, Dave style.
"I ain't lyin' to ya'. I'm only gonna tell you one time! Heaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!"