Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Van Halen Encyclopedia Paperback – January 29, 2001
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
About the Author
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I bought this because I thought it was gonna give me lots of juicy details about the plethora of VH bootlegs that are available on the WWW, but I was sadly mistaken.
I wanted a list of bootleg cdr's with track listings, track times, sound quality & performance ratings, but these are not in this book.
Some errors: ---Attributes "Man On The Silver Mountain" to David Bowie(!) instead of Ronnie James Dio & Rainbow. ---Spells Jimi Hendrix "Jimmy". ---Attributes "Nobody's Fault But Mine" to Edgar Winter instead of Led Zeppelin. ---On page 173 Lynyrd Skynyrd is spelled "Lynard Skynard". ---Says that "no known recording exists" for VH's cover of Trower's "The Fool And Me" when one does indeed exist on "Golden West Ballroom 1976".
Perhaps these errors seem trivial, but damn, you'd think that the author of a book about a mainstream act like Van Halen would know better...
I was deeply disappointed with this book and wish that I had instead spent my money on something by Bukowski or Crumb.
This book is great to read and reference. A must for any fan of "The Mighty Van Halen!"
Van Halen burst on the music scene over twenty years ago and revolutionized Rock and Roll forever. Now, three lead singers later, and over 13 albums that's sales total over 65 million copies, comes the very first authoritative collection of data on the legendary band. The Van Halen Encyclopedia is over 365 pages of biographies; tour information, album notes, and random facts of this LA based group.
The book is divided in three sections, a timeline, alphabetical entries of a mass of information, and a detailed listing of every known appearance of Van Halen on their many world tours. The timeline serves as a quick intro into the lives of this band, and has entries as early as 1914. The alphabetical logs not only include info on each band member, but also of various magazine and television appearances, individual song entries, and the legend of the brown M&M's. Van Halen used to have in their contracts on tour that there would be a bowl of M&M's at every show, with the brown ones removed. If one were spotted, the band would then set off and demolish everything in sight. Their reasoning? Because of certain stage requirements that needed to be followed, the Brown M&M's were used to see if a promoter followed every item on a contract. Finally, a listing of every tour stop Van Halen performed at, including data for attendance, audio/video copies of each show, and random notes. A brief description of the setlist and tour is also provided.
Overall, the Van Halen Encyclopedia is a welcome addition to a music lover's collection. The book reads very well, and is not just a source for Van Halen fanatics. This book gives a very good account of what life is for a Rock Star, from simple contracts, all the way to promoting yourself and your music. It is a perfect book to curl up with your favorite songs and relax.
I was also amazed to find that there is not a SINGLE pic in the book! I really think Mr Chilvers could have left half the useless information out and made some effort in making the book more aesthetically pleasurable!
However, the book is still a "Must have" for any TRUE VH fan, it's just got so much information in it, from early club days to the present!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
INTERESTING READ. LEARN THINGS I NEVER KNEW ABOUT VAN HALEN. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT BOOK. ENJOYED IT FOR HOURSPublished 22 months ago by Jayne
I've been wanting to have this book a long time and now I finally have it!
I would totally recommend this book to every Van Halen fan in the world, it is a... Read more
This is a great book, very interesting and knowledgeable, the author clearly knows that he's talking about. Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Peter Haight
Dull dull and dull. A guaranteed good time for anal retentive fans with no life. For the rest of us it's about as exciting as watching paint dry. Read morePublished on January 10, 2006 by Todd
As you might know if you have read my other Van Halen product reviews, I am a Van Halen fanatic...which means I know a lot about the band, but with this book, the band members... Read morePublished on December 23, 2003
Find anything you want to know about this amazing band! Dates, song, events you get the idea it's all in there!Published on August 21, 2001 by Mike Cooper
A true Encyclopedia. This book should be the definition of it. Nothings missing in this compact book that is available at a bargain I think. Read morePublished on July 25, 2001