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Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock'n'roll
by John Scanlan
Van Halen are known for classic songs like “Runnin’ with the Devil,” "Panama,” and “Jump,” but also for the drama surrounding the exits of its former members. While many have attempted to discover the secrets of Van Halen through an analysis of their musical role models, John Scanlan looks at deeper aesthetic and philosophical influences in Van Halen, a groundbreaking acco ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Whew. This one was a bit of a battle to get through. I guess I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started it. When the author focuses on Van Halen the stories are great and it holds my attention with no problem. But, when he starts going off on tangents about California and the zen lifestyle, I'm in dreamland. I can't recommend it. Like I said, the actual Van Halen stuff is great, but there's GOT TO BE another book or two or three or four out there where you can get the same stori ...more