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  • Title: Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock
  • Author: Sammy Hagar
  • ISBN: 9780062009289
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sammy Hagar legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music s most notoriously successful performers tells his unforgettable story in this one of a kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts From his decade long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in betweSammy Hagar legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music s most notoriously successful performers tells his unforgettable story in this one of a kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts From his decade long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock and roll war stories Red is a life changing look at one of music s biggest talents an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock s next number one star.
    Red My Uncensored Life in Rock Sammy Hagar legendary lead singer of Van Halen founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and one of rock music s most notoriously successful performers tells his unforgettable story in this one of a ki

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    1. Music is the outburst of the soul Frederick DeliusThis is the most candid autobiography of a rock star I ve read back in 2011 Jaw dropping at times I loved it Sammy Hagar brings to mind the quote above from Delius Listening to some rock songs, particularly when Hagar is lead vocal, makes my soul seek to soar.

    2. Most rock star autobiographies are pretty much the same Guy grows up in a dysfunctional house in bad neighborhood The father in this story was the town drunk and the city is Fontana, CA, known to some as Felony Flats , guys falls in love, gets married, has a kid all the while struggling to keep a career as a musician going Guy has limited success for awhile There are ups There are downs Finally guy hits it big Joins an existing successful rock band and makes it even bigger Now either the author [...]

    3. Reading this book is akin to sitting in a room with a highly energetic, slightly ADD, person who is telling you their life story The structure is a rambling mess at times and makes you double check what part of his history you re reading His co author is a well respected writer, so I m surprised that this went to print the way it is It almost reads like a direct transcription of the interview tapes and left as is.I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic Sammy Hagar is basical [...]

    4. I thought I would love this because this is my kind of music But unfortunately, I just have one word for this autobiographyUGHHHHHHHH I can t even write a review on this because I would have to break every rule of mine regarding autobiographies memoirs I love reading them, but this was painful.

    5. I m not a Sammy Hagar fan As competent as he is as a singer, I always found his voice annoying Nor am I much of a fan of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar There is no question that Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, but Roth s voice was the voice of Van Halen Not to get too much away from the subject, but this reminds me of Ratt, another band fronted by a singer with limited abilities, but, nonetheless, without Stephen Pearcy, it s just not Ratt So why did I read this book Well, I find the s [...]

    6. I m a huge fan of Sammy Hagar Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their Apex if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to fuck off Come to think of it, that s exactly what I did say.But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy After reading the excerp [...]

    7. This was a pretty good read I ve been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton came out I saw him on a midwest tour when I was in 8th Grade and he put on an amazing show The only person I ve seen put on as energetic a show was Lenny Kravitz when he opened for the Cult at Hampton Coliseum.This book managed to capture his energy It s not always a coherent account, but it flows well I read it in one sitting and it was like spending a night sitting there listening to him tell the story of his life.If it w [...]

    8. Everyone knew that the Van Halen brothers were repugnant, alcoholic psychos, but the stories in the book are awesome and drive home how crazy they really are Musical talent doesn t remotely make up for the utter contempt I have always had for them and Roth what a freak.I loved the first part of the book because I d been a fan of Hagar long before VH ever entered my radar It was great hearing about his life and where he got his work ethic mom and it was astounding hearing how diverse his financia [...]

    9. I was in High School when 1984 came out and when the Roth Hagar switch took place While I loved early Van Halen, and had all their albums well, cassettes in my day , I really liked the Hagar version The album 5150 was phenomenal, way beyond anything that had come before So I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it to get the inside scoop on what took place within the band over the years, and to see if Sammy really was that nice of a guy.Typically in a memoir I judge whether [...]

    10. Listened to this on audio book read by Scott Shepherd, who does a great California dude accent Hagar doesn t achieve the heights of debauchery witnessed in The Dirt the high water mark for dumb rocker biographies , but he exhibits a unique craziness which had me either cringing or laughing out loud Hagar is pretty compelling as an unreliable narrator The obvious consequences of his shitty behavior are never his fault when he leaves his long suffering wife and 5 year old at Christmas she is someh [...]

    11. Have just started, and already I fear this will send me on another rock star memoir bender Please pray for me UPDATEI have seen Sammy Hagar up close and I probably liked him better from a little further back.He definitely has admirable qualities It s hard not to like a guy from a poor, abusive home who makes something of himself against all odds He is, in my opinion, a total over achiever Not really a freakish talent or an especially magnetic performer, and yet, 40 years later he s still here an [...]

    12. I was never a huge Sammy Hagar fan, not even when he was in Van Halen But I always thought he was a decent fellow and played good, solid music This was interesting reading There was a lot of business stuff in here as well as music, but it did give us a pretty good look at his Van Halen years, and after If you like rock autobiographies then you ll probably like this one.

    13. Red is primarily a narrative memoir about Hagar s rags to riches life story, padded out with vague tales of debauchery involving sex and drugs, and moderately detailed accounts of conflicts with agents, managers, record company staff, bandmates, and on one occasion a hostile Kiss audience in New York City.Sammy s kind of a mystic, which detracts from the book There are improbable tales of fortune tellers and semi precognitive dreams, and a loopy preoccupation with extraterrestrials who lurk clan [...]

    14. I am a sucker for rock memoirs not only of rock and roll stars who I am a fan of like Hagar but nearly anyone in the rock world I dunnoll it a guilty pleasure Or maybe it s something to do with my love of rock music and I am always looking to know and learn Especially since I am no musician and have no musical ability whatsoever I figure I need to appreciate the music in SOME way Sammy Hagar s memoir interested me I remember being 12 years old and hearing that SAMMY HAGAR JOINED VAN HALEN and f [...]

    15. I loved this book I ve been a Sammy Hagar fan for 20 years at least It was great to see how he got started, where he came from and his musical journey I always felt he d been screwed by Van Halen, and given the number of albums they ve put out since he left versus how many he s put out since he left, I d say Van Halen were the losers in his leaving It was interesting to see the whole story with the Van Halen s regarding the break up I didn t buy their version of the story when it first surfaced, [...]

    16. I give this one a 5 because I couldn t put it down I didn t know anything about Sammy Hagar except he replaced David Lee Roth, in Van Halen He had a bad childhood, with an alcoholic and abusive parent, started petty crimes, and did drugs, and somehow found a mentor, who got him interested in the guitar, and he gave up the drugs, and turned to music, and never looked back, so to speak If you love Van Halen, this is not the book for you, because Sammy doesn t mince words about the two brothers I r [...]

    17. RED is an amusing but deeply unsatisfying look at the life and career of Sammy Hagar, a.k.a the Red Rocker.I ve always considered Hagar s voice to be one of the best in all of rock music, but I can t say I was ever a big fan of the man himself All those stories of backstage squabbling really turned me off, and I was never into the whole Cabo Wabo, Jimmy Buffett style beach bum image he eventually wore like a trademark.Unfortunately, RED is far about Sammy Hagar the man than Sammy Hagar the arti [...]

    18. It s always a gamble reading a biography because at the end I very well might not like the person at all In Hagar s case, I think I could be at the dinner table with him and be just fine He s a straight shooter and loves life and has come an incredible distance from his humble beginnings As for his book, it s certainly interesting and entertaining but the writing style is choppy There were plenty of back to back 5 word sentences and with lots of repetition I was surprised to see that he had a co [...]

    19. I ve been a true fan of Van Halen since I bought the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album in the spring of 1991 as a seventeen year old Van Halen was never that big in Norway, so I never really listened to them before that That year I used all the money I had to buy all the albums, first starting with cassettes and then cd s when I got my first cd player One of the best memories of my life was when I drove 10 hours back and forth to Oslo with my two friends to see the band perform their only ever [...]

    20. I just bought and devoured Sammy s autobiography, Red My Uncensored Life in Rock It only took three evenings for me to finish that book I grew up with the listening to man, so I was keenly interested in everything from his stint with Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and all of the solo work that he has done I have seen him perform in the Fresno, California area four times the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour with Van Halen, the Balance tour with Van Halen, the Marching to Mars solo tour and la [...]

    21. I have no idea what I was expecting when I started reading this Maybe a lot of dirt, a lot of drugs and alcohol maybe What I didn t expect was Sammy being by far one of the sanest guys in rock and roll This is a guy that made money outside of music than he did inside If there was money to be made he found a way to do it You get an alcoholic father, a batshit crazy wife, and a batshit crazy guitarist named Eddie, but the problem is that Sammy comes off as a nice guy which is really unexpected Th [...]

    22. As a music fan, my tastes typically run to heavier fare than Van Halen I ve spent time with their early albums, but was done with them by the time Jump came out, and then never bothered with the Hagar years Likewise, I know a few of Sammy s solo songs, but beyond an obscure compilation called Cruisin and Boozin I ve never bought any of his stuff Hmmm I did have HSAS on vinyl though But I really liked this book, and because of it I m now buying the Chickenfoot cd releases and really enjoying them [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book and was so excited to read it I grew up listening to a lot of Van Halen Sammy Hagar tapes because of my father He loved them and cranked their music up all the time The Van Halen story always fascinated me as I always loved Sammy Hagar with them His voice is incredible The book revealed a lot about Sammy s past and how he went from growing up poor to being a very successful rocker and also, businessman with his Cabo Wabo tequila and restaurant bar There were only two t [...]

    24. I like to read biographies and other similar types of books in the summer, so this year I started with this one that had been on my shelf for a while I m not a Sammy fan, but this book got a lot of press when it was released, so I decided to check it out.Sammy has had a busy and interesting life, but the book was pretty horribly written There is enough of a story here to keep me from giving it even fewer stars, but otherwise I would Thank goodness it was pretty short, otherwise I may have given [...]

    25. I read Sammy Hagar s auto biography, Red My Uncensored Life in Rock I never thought I would enjoy an auto biography, until I found one written by a rock star Sammy s life was like a movie, involving a guy who grew up rough and made it big time after going through so many obstacles I believe Mr Hagar wrote this book to let people know that he worked for what he has He was definitely not born into money or fame He did that himself There is also a constant theme in this book Throughout his life, Sa [...]

    26. I was surprised how good this was versus other rock autobiographies I like Van Halen with Roth, but some Hagar songs were good, too and saw the I Can t Drive 55 about a thousand times, but I am by no means a big fan Hagar dives deeper into the business deals he cut throughout his career, as well as the politics of the music business than most other books do And I appreciated that, as someone who has worked in the music business in parts of my career Even when he talked about his tequila company [...]

    27. Of course there are 3 sides to every story, so keep that in mind when you read Sammy s book about his career in the rock business as well as the distillery end of things I personally think that he was the boost that Van Halen needed at the time He is a solid performer and a damn great singer He paints a clear portrait of how drugs, booze, and greed can ruin lives and relationships.Looking at how the cards were played now, one can easily see that much of what Sammy shares is pretty accurate regar [...]

    28. Sammy should not quit his day job First part of this book was atrocious He would start to relate a story and then dive off on a tangent constantly And the side comment was never relevant I ended up skipping everything up to the point where he joined Van Halen which is why I was reading it in the first place Not a lot surprised me about his revelations with the band since a lot of it had been in the media before The behind the scenes look at the complete dysfunction was interesting What a mess Ed [...]

    29. A quick read I am a fan of VanHalen music with Roth and Hagar so I knew it would be enjoyable There is the typical sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but Sammy goes into the business side of things so than other rock biographies One of his early managers set up a publishing company for him so he did not get screwed over by the music business like so many other musicians claim to have been Skid Row comes to mind You can see how driven and opportunisic he was Having funds allowed him to pursue things [...]

    30. I am an unapologetic, mainstream, classic rock fan It s the music I was raised on when it was just simply the hits So I love rock autobiographies Sammy Hagar cowrote this one with a journalist and its style is very conversational and rather simplistic Hagar doesn t hold back on his judgments of former bandmates in Van Halen and lays open his own mistakes, of which there were many I guess I just didn t live the experience of Sammy Hagar as a huge rock icon before he joined Van Halen so his accoun [...]

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