Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (Enhanced Edition)
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In the enhanced edition of Red, Sammy Hagar, through video and words, tells the outrageous story of his tear through rock n roll, detailing the backstage antics and nonstop touring that have made his voice instantly recognizable. Beginning wit...more
I really didn't care about how he earned his first ten cents, how he met neighbours to jam with, and his idiotic girlfriend who would later become his first wife. I just didn't care. Why? Because I'm a Van Halen fan.
Of course, Sam has had nothing to do recently in the way of big-time fame. It's clear in the book he blames the Van Halen brothers for this, but downplays the original goal to be big and famous to just b...more
I certainly appreciate the evidence of his strong work ethic. Sammy Hagar is bas...more
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...more
Please pray for me!
I 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 her...more
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.
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...more
Typically in a memoir I judge...more
But I really liked this book, and because of it I'm now buying the Chickenfoot cd releases (and reall...more
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...more
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 giv...more
You can see how driven and opportunisic he was. Having funds allowed him to...more
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 teq...more
Looking at how the cards were played now, one can easily see that much of what Sammy shares is pretty accurate re...more
Sammy Hagar's memoir interested me. I remember being 12 years old and hearing that "SAMMY HAGAR JOIN...more
I grew up listening to Sammy Hagar, solo and Van Halen, so I was interested in how his life unfolded. As with most biographies, I found the first half of the book interesti...more
The life of a rock star is not pretty. If they're successful, and have had a run as long as Sammy has . . . it's going to have a rough beginning and a pretty rough and raunchy...more
He's got a hundred funny stories about the Van Halen brothers too. One of my favorite stories takes place during rehearsals for the Van Hager reunion tour in 2003. At...more
A buddy gave me this book, and I finished it in a couple of days. Time for me to give Sammy a listen. Including the Van Halen I ignored. I thought this book was a good look at his life, and gave me an insight to t...more
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...more