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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.
It's more than a biography of a rock star. It's about the passion and desire to succeed. A must read for rockers, business folks, and those that want to be inspired. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Craig M Stearns
I really enjoyed this book! You saw some of the glitz and bulls*** of being in a successful rock band along with personal introspect on Sammy Hagar. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jo Lowery
I profess to being a diehard Diamond Dave fan but always enjoyed Sammy’s solo material both before and after the VH years as well as his stint as frontman with Van Halen. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brian Rosenberger
I have always been a huge Van Halen fan and was more of a person who was more into the DLR Van Halen liking. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tara Pies
As one who enjoys Sammy Hagar's work I could not pass up then chance to learn a little more. This book is an easy read and an insightful peak into to the rock and roll life... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Anthony Compton
Sammy is a true rock and roll hero. Surving Van Halen, Sammy went on to be the person he wanted to be.
A great book.
Very earnest and straightforward. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Sammy is a successful normal human with a work ethic to emulate.Published 26 days ago by Jason
Good book, especially if you're a Hagar / Van Halen fan. Cool stories, and a good inside look at what happened to Sammy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill