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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.
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 4 days ago by JOHN F
Sammy Hagar is a great writer! This book made me like him more than I already did. Seems like a down to earth guy with his head on straight. Read morePublished 9 days ago by eoz
I love Sammy's total honesty and no apologies for his lifestyle choices. I did not always agree with some of his choices, but the book was a great read, and very enlightening. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Monica L Christopherson
Great book with lots of insights into the rock world. I am glad he's still going strong while van Halen again is mia.Published 25 days ago by moosh
This was a fantastic read! As a millenial, I found VH while in High School in 2001. I have a new appreciate for Sammy Hagar and a new perspective on these Gods of Rock!Published 26 days ago by Anthony B
Sammy is the real deal. Music, business, life, everything. Every teenage musician needs to read this book before considering a life in music. Read morePublished 26 days ago by M. Echlin