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Red by Sammy Hagar
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Jun 09, 2011

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The problem with celebrity autobiographies is they often don't actual write anything. Instead, they tell a ghost/"co-writer" his or her life story to transcribe and take out the wrinkles. It reads conversational. That's not a big deal, it just loses an element of enjoyment. I realize Sammy isn't a writer, so it is what it is.

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 interesting, the parts that reveal growing up and how those events shape one's life. Sammy's alcoholic father, his relentless work ethic, his scuffling paycheck to paycheck. That stuff is fascinating.

But I lost interest when it got to the days of success. Sex, drugs and rock and roll always reads the same, no matter the details. Sammy's not afraid to give an opinion, so you get the skinny on the Van Halen days. But as biographies go, it's a mediocre read.
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