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Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography
Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography
by Kevin Dodds
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up!, January 30, 2012
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I highly recommend this book to any fan of EVH.

As other commenters have noted, there is a fair amount of material in this book that many of us EVH fans already know. But, there's also plenty in this book that I didn't know. For example, I never knew that EVH put up his own money so that his golf teacher could take a leave from working to become a full time pro. Or, that a young EVH actually tried to barter with a writer from a guitar magazine to get on the cover of the magazine during Van Halen's early days.

Sure, it's written by a huge EVH fan and it shows. But, how could it not? Notwithstanding, the author does a good job throughout the book of separating the facts from his own editorial. In my opinion, the author's take on things made the book that much more interesting. Despite the fact that the book is written by an admitted EVH nut, the author paints an unbiased picture of EVH, including the good, the bad, and unfortunately in some cases, the ugly. And yes, there are a few typos here and there, but who cares. It's a self-published book after all, not a book published by a huge publishing company with an entire staff of proofreaders.

What matters most is that the author did his homework. He basically scoured everything he could find about EVH from magazine and radio interviews, the internet, and from books written by people close to EVH. Where he could, he took it a step further by contacting people who knew EVH, such as Jas Obrecht (music journalist who conducted dozens of interviews with EVH over the years), and the doctor who runs the cancer treatment center that EVH co-founded. Then, he condensed everything into a 372 page book. Short of interviewing EVH himself (or a band member or family member), I'm not sure what else the author could have done to research the subject (especially in light of the fact that the subject is someone who is known for being rather private and perhaps even reclusive). I give the book (and the author) two thumbs up. Job well done, Kevin!
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