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Red by Sammy Hagar
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Read in December, 2011

Oh Sammy. Rocks resident Jimmy Buffett. I was interested in Sammys story despite being a fan of the bands he's been in (Montrose, Van Halen and even Chickenfoot) more than his solo work. Sam's an interesting guy, but he's (just a tad) full of himself.

Sam, like everybody who writes a book it seems, had a tough up bringing. He drifted in and out of bands and women. He hooked up with Montrose. He and Ronnie got along great, then they didn't. No real explanation as to why, just Sammy decided Ronnie didn't like him. He started his solo career in which (accordig to Sammy) every album was great and every tour was a huge success. He joined Van Halen, not b/c he had to, but as a favor to someone. He opened Cabo Wabo - got ripped off. Lost a ton of cash. Invented some sort of sprinkler system (seriously). Grew to hate Alex and Eddie, but liked money. Liked Michael Anthony. Left VH again, took Mike with him eventually.

That's pretty much the whole book. Every rock n roll cliche is there, except perhaps a heroin over dose. Sam seems like a cool guy, but he thinks his shit doesn't stink. He also plays it safe whenever some sort of conflict is broached. He buries DLR, but still toured with him and kept all the $$$. He hates Eddie, but loves him. He gets annoyed with Alex, but understands...that's how it goes with Sam. Nothing too controversial, just middling through.

It's a quick read, a couple of hundred pages. I recommend it if you are a genre fan or a Sammy aficionado, but if you are looking for the next "Dirt" look somewhere else.
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