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Crazy from the Heat Hardcover – Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786863390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786863396
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The rip-roaring, spandex-wearing, groupy-loving autobiography of David Lee Roth, lead singer of one of America's biggest ever groups -Van Halen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"'Larger than life' is an overused epithet in this day and age. For 'Diamond Dave' it just about suffices." Q Magazine

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR

From Indiana to Hollywood

From Van Halen to the Super Band

"If you're looking for an exacting history to the month, to the year, that's not how I remember it. This is not a recitation of what I did, you already know that I did it. This is why I did it or how it was done - nine and a half times out of ten times, being clearly not what you expected. Me neither." David Lee Roth

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is Dave's own recollection of the dizzying highs, and sobering lows of his Childhood, his time with Van Halen, and his wavering solo career. It starts off in the present, with Dave recalling old injuries, and his current state. It shows how much physical stress he puts himself under while executing his majestic, and sometimes eyewatering, martial arts based stage act.
He then returns to his childhood and proceeds to tell the story in chronological order, with the hardships of growing up as a Jew, and how it automatically makes you an outcast, and how people see you through a misted lens. Not as an average white guy, but as something inferior. He mentions this, and how angry he gets when he is seen through this lens, several times in the book, and you can understand how he gets so aggravated.
Once he gets into his music, and starts mentioning the laydees, his dry wit starts to show. For instance, when receiving his first blowjob in a backyard party, that's all he can remember is that the bald guy in the house next door was watching Johnny Carson, and Buddy Hacket was the guest.
The entries on his time with Van Halen give an insight into the true decadent lifestyle celebrated by the bands of the time. One of the most side splitting is the little game of breaking into one of the crew's hotel room and gluing every single piece of furniture, and everything on the floor, in an exactly mirrored position on the ceiling, leaving just a matress for the poor soul to sleep on that night. The book also shows the true face of the Van Halen brothers, and their prima donna attitude. Although I can see why they'd be annoyed sometimes, with Dave getting all their attention, despite Edward's guitar vituosity. But I guess that talent is useless without the showmanship to back it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ischade@talk21.com on 24 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Dont expect this to be a 'did this monday, this happened tuesday,' kind of autobiography - it isn't. Dont buy it expecting a book full of glossy photos and a publisher sanctioned ego trip - it isn't. DEFINATELY dont buy it if what you are looking for is a book of exact facts and dates...which will tell you what studio every record was recorded in and what type of shirt the singer was wearing three weeks last tuesday 'cause it isn't that kind of book either!. Writen the way it could have been told to you over a drink in a pub or veging out in your front room - a series of stories,thaughts and history where one chapter leads into another by thaught progression not time... I picked the book up out of curiosity - having been into Van halen, and some of DLR's solo work - I opened - and didn't want to put it down ! - it will make you laugh, make you think and give you some background into what early Van Halen - and Dave Lee Roth's solo work was about - not what the publicists told you it was about but what the artist felt it was. Dont lend this to your friends 'cause you WONT get it back. But do be prepared to want to go and get EVERY early van halen and Dave Lee Roth album out of your record collection and play them - LOUD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin White on 11 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Imagine being down your local watering hole and bumping into some bloke you recognise from some band or other. Imagine he offers to buy you a beer and tell you some stories about this band he's been in. Thats exactly what this book is like: forget the tabloid tales of excesses, the bitching and accusations from his erstwhile Van Halen mates; the 'handbags at dawn' comments from his peers; Dave writes his autobiography as he remembers it with a refreshing honesty and a philosphical insight that some may find surprising. Yes there are tales of the excess, tales of ridiculous amounts of money, groupies, and egos the size of small African countries. Told in the same breath, there are also tales of his family, his mates, the roadcrews, his past loves, what he like doing in his spare time (climbing in the Himalayas, exploring the Amazon basin, etc...)and the music he loves so much. This isn't just a book for Van Halen fans, this is for anyone who remembers rock 'n roll when it was big, loud and fun.
Be assured, Dave still has that magical 'it' where most of his contemporaries now do not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By atalanta@ozemail.com.au on 28 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this in one sitting - I couldn't put it down even long enough to get a coffee. Then a week later I had to read it again. The style is incredibly intimate - it reads as if he's just chatting to you in the living room - and the stories he tells reveal how much more there is to public figures than we ever imagine from videobites. He is remarkably restrained (in the circumstances) about the conflicts with other VH members, but it's interesting to read his accounts and remember what was said by the band at the time and since then. Some of his stories of touring and backstage parties had me almost falling off my seat, I was laughing so much; others sobered me up and made me think about relevant social issues. Best of all, the book sent me back to the songs with new insight and enjoyment. Could this be magic? Definitely.
Bottom line: buy the book. Buy two copies - you 'll want to lend it to a friend and I doubt you'll ever get it back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By spoonlamp on 23 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Diamond Dave is the example of how to live the rock life. Its really as simple as that!
This book isn't actually put together very well and is simply a series (in general) of two or three paragraph long anecdotes from random points in the life and times of David Lee Roth. The thing is, he comes across as such an endearing man (and all the tales are told with just the right amount of tongue in cheek) who is so aware of how blessed his life has been that you simply lose yourself in the stories. You can dip into this anywhere and the effect isn't lost in the slightest- childhood problems, high school discoveries, parties, bands, concerts, stadia(?), mountain climbing, exploring jungles- it just sounds like so much fun being Dave, and thats just from reading the book!
Add to this a lot of great photos and the whole thing seems to work in a bizarre hodge podge kind of way.Lovely with a drink in the sun.
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