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Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal by [Greg Renoff]
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"Renoff's book is a thoroughly entertaining read that will appeal to every hard rock fan." -- Publishers Weekly

"Let us guess - you're one of those people who thinks they know everything about Van Halen, right? You don't. At least not until you've read Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, the forthcoming book by historian and self-proclaimed Van Halen diehard Greg Renoff." -- Van Halen News Desk

"I had a blast reading Van Halen Rising. Throughout my teen years, there were few things that meant as much to me as the first six Van Halen albums and the original line up of the band. Greg Renoff takes us back to the beginning of all that, to how Dave, Eddie, Alex, and Michael came to form the group, to what the rock world looked like at the time, and to that grit and commitment it took for them to break through. He also puts us right there in Pasadena, at the backyard parties where the big rock sound was born. If you are a Van Halen fan, a real Van Halen fan, this book is a must read." -- Brian Koppelman, screenwriter of Rounders and Ocean's Thirteen, director of Solitary Man, and podcaster at The Moment

"I thought I knew a lot about Van Halen, until I read this book. It's exceedingly rare to find such a comprehensive portrait of any band's pre-history, even for canonical groups like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. So to stumble across this level of research about the early days of VH is like hearing studio-quality demos of songs you did not even know existed." -- Chuck Klosterman, author of Fargo Rock City and Killing Yourself to Live

About the Author

Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. Renoff earned his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and is the author of The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930. His writing has appeared in medium.com/cuepoint, Guitar World, LA Weekly, and Vulture, and he and his work has been profiled in Salon, Maxim, and the Boston Herald. 

He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys connecting with readers via vanhalenrising.com and twitter.com/GregRenoff

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  • Publication Date : October 1, 2015
  • File Size : 24958 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : ECW Press; 1st Edition (October 1, 2015)
  • Print Length : 402 pages
  • ASIN : B00VXGDEGM
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1770412638
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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