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Crazy From The Heat

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  642 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Published June 1st 2000 by Ebury Press (first published October 1997)
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I remember back when I was in jr. high a little after Van Halen rolled through town on the last tour they did with Roth as the singer during the 80's soon thereafter many wild stories bordering on, if not surpassing, folklore began circulating about the depravity and debauchery that Van Halen indulged in during their stay in town. Off the top of my head a few that I can remember, the band had a contest backstage to see who could snort up the biggest line of coke. Eddie won, snorting a line that ...more
Ryan Werner
The David Lee Roth route to happiness, the one that goes through fun and only fun, is what makes this autobiography - and, ultimately, classic Van Halen - so fulfilling.

David Lee Roth may not be Bob Dylan. In fact, he’s not even Bob Daisley. Why is it, then, that his lyrics have been so influential in the ideological development of millions of young males? Certainly one could have taken more from some of Dylan’s (or Ozzy’s) more profound statements on love and life.

Why does the line “Take a chan
Beem Weeks
David Lee Roth, former and current lead singer for the mighty Van Halen, tells his life story in a steady rhythm any fan will recognize as pure Dave. Roth gives insight into his life, growing up Jewish in an anti-Semite environment, learning show business while watching the comedians and folk singers that played in his uncle's New York City Club Wha? in the mid-1960s. Roth possesses a naturally engaging style of telling a story. We've seen it through the years in interviews on TV, in magazines, ...more
The library finally located its copy of this book. For the longest time, it was listed as "consult librarian," which usually means it is lost or stolen. But miraculously, it was located and placed back on the shelves for me to read. Mary recommended this a while ago and I'm glad I finally got to read it. It's a fun read, especially if you're a fan of Van Halen (DLR-style, the only kind) and you like his voice - it's hard not to read this book without having David Lee Roth narrate it to you in yo ...more
Nicholas Tillemans
It's great to hear Diamond Dave talk about his experiences fronting Van Halen, his crazy life experiences and the drama after he left the band in his own words. The prose are raw. The whole book is written in a conversational tone, just as David Lee would talk. He's no Shakespeare; but we fans could care less about that. That said, there are passages, which are hauntingly clever.

He's a rock 'n' roll Peter Pan who takes us all along for the ride. He has his spin; but he bares his soul and makes
He's not a great storyteller by any stretch, but I couldn't put it down. I was able to accept his overpowering egotism because he made some of the best music videos in history. That was my starting point and I guess, after reading his book, I still like him just as much, maybe even a little more. See you around Pasadena Diamond Dave...
David Lee Roth is a terrific showman and this book is as entertaining as his shows. My mind wandered when he got into his Wild Kingdom crocodile hunter-type shenanigans, but it's okay. He stays on the rock 'n roll path most of the time and always has something entertaining to say.
Just in case you needed additional proof that Diamond Dave is the man, this book provides substantial evidence.
Julie Barrett
As part of my read-a-lot-of-rock-memoirs kick that I am on, I borrowed this book from a friend, figuring David Lee Roth would have a lot of good stories to tell. I was right - he does have some good stories - but that is it. I didn't come away from this book with any insight into either the band or the man himself.

He does say in his book that this is not to be a chronological history of the band and it is certainly not that. Quite frequently I had no idea what he was referring to. Thanks to Pro
I was never a Van Halen fan, I'm just a fan of crazy and weird. And David Lee Roth is crazy and weird (and kind of annoying). That's why I'm so disappointed by this book. I feel cheated, swindled and robbed. I demand a refund, not just a monetary refund but a refund for time wasted. I expected so much more from the man who made some of the most entertaining videos back when MTV actually showed music videos. Remember music videos? If not then you need to get the hell off of my lawn.

Honestly this
Nov 03, 2012 Tlingit rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tlingit by: Uncle Pete
Stream of consciousness best describes the book. Diamond Dave thanks his editor for condensing his information down into this book. I'm glad he did too because I needed to take breaks with this book. The events were cool, sometimes DD's perception of people and events were a bit skewed but he seemed good hearted if not exactly naive. It would be interesting to read Eddie's perception of DD. Dave seems in this book to be very savvy when it comes to business and when it comes to his personal limit ...more
Budds Purugganan
Dec 02, 2007 Budds Purugganan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who remain Van Halen fans!
WHEW! David Lee Roth returned with the ever-unhealthy Edward Van Halen----and currently touring with Eddie's young son Wolgang playing electric bass ( and even choosing the bunch of 'greatest hits' repertoire for the rehearsals). When I read 'Crazy from the Heat' --I found out what 'Diamond Dave' had to REVEAL cuz when Sammy Hagar took over I detected pop-flavoured, publicity stunt for the CABO WABO trash he was trying to SELL. ( And the DVD of their gig 'Right here Right Now---LIVE! wasn't EPIC ...more
Bryan Sobaire
Great book! Some may not have a high opinion of David Lee Roth, but he is a very smart and dedicated man. He used to polish the stage floors himself, on hands and knees, before Van Halen took the stage, started signing the paycheck of every Van Halen staff member once he noticed they were being ripped off and is a black belt trained by Benny the Jet!! Grew up with his legs in braces, once they were taken off..there was no stopping him! We's free-wheelin!
Craig Machen
I read this awhile back. Not the most coherent narrative of all time, but still entertaining. If you like Diamond Dave, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you're on the fence about him (or worse), might be better to skip this one.

A minor warning: I would also say that Dave isn't super forthcoming. He sidesteps a fair amount and doesn't reveal much about himself. There's a lot of bluster (of course) but some funny stories too. I particularly liked the one about Ozzy not showing up for a Black Sa
Brandon Dalo
Crazy From the Heat was a gift from my Dad when he learned that I loved reading autobiographies. He grew up a huge fan of Van Halen and passed down that love to me. And knowing David Lee Roth as an eccentric character, I thought this would be a fun read. The book is full of random stories – Roth apparently wanted to tell the stories as if he was talking to a friend and not tell his life story in chronological order, which I can respect. It’s been a long time since I read this book, and I remembe ...more
Jeff Miller
4 stars because this is one hell of an entertaining book. Diamond Dave is a fascinating character, fiercely intelligent and well-read, and has some great stories to tell. This thing reads like he's speaking to you, and even though it's almost stream of consciousness in some spots (OK, most spots), and he doesn't always know how to end his stories, it's totally endearing.

This was a re-read -- I first read this book in 1997 as a high school senior and did not remember any of what he described of
Oct 11, 2007 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who things DLR doesn't have anything to offer them
...because those people would be wrong. This now OOP book was recommended to me by my friend Jared. After many years of searching, I found a used mass-market copy for about $1 at a record store in the San Fernando Valley - extraordinarily apropos.

Jared told me that this was the tale of a road-weary world traveler - not just a rock star; not the dumb blonde he plays on stage. Of course, there are the great Dirt-style road stories of strippers and drugs, but this is way more about the unexpected m
This book does chronicle some of the Van Halen drama that happened when Dave briefly returned to the Band in 1996, as well as L.A. party scenes of then soon to be famous bands like Van Halen, Ratt and others. Dave has his fans and his detractors, but what I liked about this book was his sense of adventure. The chronicles of mountain climbing and exploring the world were interesting. Dave's always been known as a performer, but this book also shows his business sense and the ability to adapt and ...more
Jay Sosnicki

... Love him or hate him, DLR is to men who grew up in the '80s what Jack Nicholson was to men of the early - '70s. The embodiment of a time, the coolest guy in the room, and an influence that goes beyond rock music. This book isn't really a bio so much as a rock 'n roll version of the Hagakure - a set of short Zen guidelines for living told in the rollicking style of a man who loves the sound of his own voice - and knows we do too. even if you find Roth obnoxious, I dare you to read it and not
Matt Piechocinski
I have a whole new respect for DLR. I still think the superior version of Van Halen was with Sammy Hagar, Diamond Dave's book is an exercise in hyperactivity and attention deficit. I wouldn't really call this a linear bio, as Dave is kind of all over the map, but what he does come up with is a pretty interesting story ... that of a man with varied hobbies and a kinetic personality. He bitched a lot less about the Van Halens than Sammy did, but the one thing they both agreed on is Eddie is out of ...more
A very interesting man. The conversational writing and lack of cohesion threw me off a lot, but I later read the co-writer simply audio-recorded DLR for a while and made a book out of it. DLR has many opinions and I read about them here.
He claims to have never been in love, is very upset about the anti-Semitism he faced (because he doesn't like being Jewish anyway), hates EVH and his wife(this was written just after the almost reunion of '97), and walks you through his other loud views.
It's wort
This review pains me to write, as Van Halen is arguably my favorite band, but this book is simply not good. It's not very well-written, first of all. Did they even have an editor look this over before publishing it? It's written in a very stream of consciousness style, with Roth talking more about his views on the world and the industry, with some occasional mentionings of things that happened. And worst of all is that Diamond Dave comes across as incredibly pretentious, which makes it even toug ...more
Mark Stalcup
Surprisingly funny, astute, and self-deprecating, Diamond Dave has a philosophy of life, death and depth that you might miss if all you think of him as is the manic rocker with the fembot bimbos in the videos. I suspect even those who've never seen the mighty Van Halen (which, let's be fair, ended with Roth's departure; never has a guitarist been so jealous of a frontman and undercut their own amazing chemistry so unwisely) could find much to admire herein. I dug this book the mostest, cause we ...more
Ok. I marked as read because I started reading it. I'm pretty good at making myself finish a book no matter how bad it is, but, this book was so boring and rambling on that I couldn't finish ready it. I figured Diamond Dave would have lots of juicy things (which Im sure he did and maybe described later in the book) but I could not make myself read the torture. He's my favorite singer for Van Halen but not a favorite autobiography.
The most awesomely bad rock autobiography ever written. Roth constantly compares his own writing to Henry Miller's (it's not even close), and tells total gross-out stories about Van Halen's lady friends.

Worth a read just to check out the back cover, which is the most rock and roll photo I've ever seen--it features David Lee Roth, three pairs of assless chaps, two midgets, and a bottle of Jack Daniels.
One of the best rock biographies ever. When Roth got kicked out of high school in Altadena, he was sent to an exclusive private school. On the entrance exam, his verbal score was the highest in the school's history, along with the lowest math score ever. I thought this was an interesting insight into his extreme personality. It certainly makes for good reading. This guy is never at a loss for words.
Scott Golden
It's a little bit bitchy (towards Eddie, natch) a little bit whiny (poor Dave has had lots of sex but never found true love) but it's enjoyable and revealing as well.
One of the funniest books I have read, and it's all true! David Lee Roth's take on his life, Van Halen's height and the downward slide that led to him being axed, his solo career, and his onward adventures- whether it's snorkeling, martial arts, safaris in the Amazon, or trying to do a tour with fellow axed Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar- will keep you laughing your way through the book.
"A gem on every page". The dedication is perhaps the best part: "to my editor, who whittled this masterpiece down from 800 pages..." No, the best part is the photos from South America, in which DLR has transcendent realizations about Western society. Actually, what am I talking about: everything you need to know about the wonders of this book is laid out on the cover.
Nov 11, 2008 Jody rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jody by: Tim
To be honest, I was really looking forward to making fun of this book in my head the whole way through. And it's not that there aren't some gems, but ultimately, the joke was on me cause I actually liked it pretty well. Ultimately though, he uses the word ultimately to start 3 out of 5 sentences.
Don't miss his Kinkski-esque Amazonian-boat-hauling pics!
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David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known as the original and current lead singer of Van Halen. In addition to his work with Van Halen, Roth is a successful solo artist, having released several platinum and gold solo albums. Sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave, Roth rejoined Van Halen in 2007 for a North American tour that be ...more
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