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Van Halen: A Visual History: 1978 - 1984 Hardcover – November 12, 2007

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About the Author

Neil Zlozower's legendary rock photography spans more than 30 years and includes work with the Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motörhead, Tom Waits, Slipknot, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles.

David Lee Roth was founding member and vocalist for Van Halen from the band's inception through their diamond platinum album 1984. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811863042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811863049
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sure, I enjoyed Van Hagar and even some Van Cherone, but nothing ever touched the glory of the MIGHTY VAN HALEN. Van Halen was simply never again as interesting musically or visually after 1984. This book captures Van Halen in all their glory, at their very best and most influencial. The text is icing to this delicious cake. Every picture tells a story indeed. Finally, a quality coffee table book to illustrate the greatest American hard rock band of all time, Cheap Trick being my close second.
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This is THE book for any VH fan. Great photo's (I do wish that each photo at least had a caption of where it was taken) and cool memories from some of rocks biggest names. The best coffee table book I own, and it will stay on my coffee table for a long time. Great conversation piece. You watch them transform from virtually little kids at the beginning and by the time you are near the end of the book, they are truly rock monsters.
I particulary loved the photo's on pg 48, 96-97 (that pic says it all) and a really odd but cool one on page 197. Pick this book up now, it is a must have!
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I remember hearing the first track of VH 1 when it was released,
bringing with it chills up the spine and jaw dropped.
This book brings you in a time warp to witness rock history, and
realize - in case you didn't - that Van Halen dropped a bomb on
the music scene. Not only a revolutionary guitar god, but songs
and live performances that rose light years beyond what was coming out
of the U.S.A. at the time. The kind we won't see again, either.

The photos, by a master of R&R photography, look like they were taken
yesterday. Crisp, clear and a great mix of group shots and live. The
backstage pics of Eddie preparing his axe arsenal, for example, are priceless; Alex behind one of his monster drum kits.

And yes, it appropriately culminates with 1984 - got a problem with that?
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By Laura on November 20, 2007
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As a Van Halen fan since 1978. This book was on my "must have" list. Neil Zlozower does not disapoint.He captures memories in his outstanding photos of a band who's music has brought inmeasurable joy to many lives. It was worth the wait. I recommend this,a great read.

Thanks Neil :)
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I was so excited when I got this book for Christmas. After waiting 23 years f or the band to get back together, and finally seeing them in NYC in November (minus Michael Anthony, plus Wolfgang), I felt my life was complete. Then seeing all these fantabulous pictures of them in their glory days- I just couldn't put the book down. I read it cover to cover, and soaked in every picture. The author was not just a hired gun photographer, but a friend, and you can tell this by the photos he took and the tidbits he collected from a wide range of people in the biz. He captured the guys' personalities, on and off stage. I used to have posters of clippings all over my walls of these guys during their prime, but I never got to seethem live- only van Hagar and the DLR band, which were great, but not the same. Between the band's reunion, however long that may last, and this book, which is awesome, I feel a missing piece of my youth (not seeing them before they split in 85) has been replaced. This book is truly a labor of love and not just somebody seeing a chance to make a few bucks off the band's reunion. And yes, ladies, there is more than one picture of Dave in buttless pants (chaps) and even one of him in a bathrobe and the tiniest pair of men's underwear I've ever seen. oh yeah, and a foreward by Diamond Dave, the man, the icon, the philosopher as well as one by Pete Angelus.
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This book is what it says...pictures...of the band on stage. Or bakcstage... or at a press release. Not bad, but no real insite. You would hope for more, maybe a few roade stories or something. Its just picture. And people commenting on how great Van Halen are. If they would have added a little documentry and some personal behind the scenes stuff it would have been better.
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No ifs ands or buts about it. This is the best VH book to date. Given their recent tour there were actually two books about the band released this past year. This was one. The other was EVERYBODY WANTS SOME. Friends and fellow fans there is simply no comparison. Van Halen: A Visual History 78-85 by Zlozower is the ultimate in pictures and commentary. Zloz was shooting, hanging and partying with Dave, Eddie and the rest of the gang back when the author of that other book was still wetting their huggies. If you could only buy one VH book this would be it. Why waste your money on cut-and-paste tripe pieced together by an outsider with no ties whatsoever to the band and their crew when instead you can own what will surely be considered the best VH book ever presented to us by a world class photographer who was practically the fifth member of the band during their run with DLR. This is the best book out there, at least until the band decides to tell the story in their own words. There aren't enough stars to rate this so just do yourselves a favor and grab one!
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To be honest, I was a little disappointed when I received this. I thought I was going to be seeing a lot of photos that were never really published. you know behind the scenes type of shots. We'll most of the pictures in here are shots that have been used & reused over & over again. I'm sure you've definitely seen most of these (if your a big fan of VH like I am) in Creem, Hit Parade, Rock Scene and Circus magazines,etc.... There are a couple of great shots, 1 of Ed during photo shoot for VH II Which I think he (Neil) should of shown more of. Which I'm sure he's got tons of rolls from that day. And some band exterior shots through out Los Angeles. The size of the book is roughly 9 1/2 X 10 1/2 and with big colored pictures. Another thing that I didn't really care about was all the comments made by all these rock stars telling about how they saw VH or how they've helped them to make it big. I mean who gives a F**k what Matt Sorum, Jamie St James or Mike Tramp says. I mean come on.........I think Neil could've done something more structural with this. It's a good thing I only paid $4.00 for this. I don't mean to sound bitter but that's the truth. I just think he could've done better with showing more rare photos. I mean he was with them for 6 yrs and these are his best shots ??? The same ones I've seen in other magazines ? There's gotta be more better ones. Hopefully his next Van Halen book (if he publishes
another one) will have some rare shots that haven't been seen before.
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