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Van Halen 101: Foreword by Brian May

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Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived." -Zakk Wylde Van Halen is as American as apple pie, Ford Mustangs, and fake breasts. However, underneath all the fun and flash is one of the most important and influential, soulful and successful bands in history. With their explosive 1978 debut, they changed the face of rock. As of 2005, ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published September 7th 2005 by Authorhouse (first published September 1st 2005)
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C.J.
This is one of those books where, being a writer, you put down and say to yourself, "I can write better than this. Shit, I AM writing better stuff than this!" I had downloaded the iBooks edition of this as research for a more specific VH book relating just to their recordings and let me say... this reads like Sean Penn's VH-obsessed stoner/surfer dude character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High wrote it during his few moments of either sobriety or coming down from or into a weed high. Did this i ...more
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Oct 02, 2009 Derek Hale rated it did not like it
Wow! This book is beyond horrible. Such a great topic (the history of Van Halen in general and Edward Van Halen in particular) ruined by prose that is beyond sophomoric. Honestly, the author's writing style struggles to rise above a fifth-grade book report combined with the most asinine of comments read on youtube. This is exactly the kind of book that gives self-publishing a bad name.
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