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Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo.
This is the life of Sammy Hagar.
For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written—songs like "I Can't Drive 55," "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love."
In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous story of his tear through rock 'n' roll, detailing the backstage antics and nonstop touring that have made his voice instantly recognizable. Beginning with his musical coming-of-age in the blue-collar towns of California, Sammy traces his rough and determined rise to fame, working harder than anyone else out there and writing songs about the things he loved—fast cars, loud parties, and lots of good times.
But solo success was just the start, a prelude to his raucous and notorious decade as the front man for Van Halen, one of the biggest-selling rock groups in history. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories from his time with the band, Red offers the Van Halen story as Sammy saw it, holding nothing back about the worldwide stadium tours, the tensions with Eddie, the messy parties, the divided friendships, and, of course, his controversial and widely disputed exit from the band.
After Van Halen, Sammy changed directions again, throwing himself headfirst into the tequila business and creating Cabo Wabo, one of the most successful tequila brands in the world. And all the while he continued to rock, touring the country with his bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot, and eventually reuniting with Van Halen for a tour that became both a box-office smash and a personal catastrophe.
From the decadence of being one of the world's biggest rock stars to the unfiltered story of being forced out of Van Halen, Sammy's account spares no one, least of all himself. His is a tale of a true rock 'n' roller—someone who's spent decades bringing the party with him wherever he goes but always headin' back to Cabo for mas tequila.
Should be called 'Why I think Eddie's an idiot.' It's a good account of one of rock's finest vocalists and very much a success story (according to him). Read morePublished 1 day ago by The Big F
I'm a huge fan of Sammy, so I was psyched to read this book. I enjoy his solo work and am a big fan of his work in Van Halen (never holding it against him for not being David Lee... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Alan
We love Sammy so I purchased this book for my hubby. It is a very interesting read. Too bad the Van Halen brothers were to dumb to be patient. Read morePublished 4 days ago by catfvr
I met Sammy at Toledo Speedway Jam in 79, after he killed it ! It's all about the music, how you live your life, and giving back. Thank you for all the great music !Published 4 days ago by Dru Anderson
Found out a lot of things about Mr. Hagar that I did not know, have much respect for him. Found the book really entertaining.Published 5 days ago by Jorge
No holds barred by Sammy Hagar. Whether it was Ronnie Montrose, Eddie Van Halen, or anyone in the music business that did Sammy wrong, he gave it to them. Read morePublished 5 days ago by pharcyder
One of the best books I have read about a Rocker in like forever! Sammy has it all going on still. He never forgot we're his roots came from. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kristy Ryan
I will try to be as brief as possible , wow grew up in a tremendously bad situation, kept his eye on his passion - music --sometimes at the expense of those around him , was in and... Read morePublished 26 days ago by JOHN F