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Van Halen: A Visual History [Hardcover]

Neil Zlozower
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29 Nov 2007
From 1978 to 1984, Neil Zlozower was a "fifth member of Van Halen" (says bassist Michael Anthony) - touring, partying with, and photographing the band during the David Lee Roth era (hereafter DLR), at the height of their powers. This is the era everybody agrees on, which spawned two diamond platinum albums, stadium tours, and hits like "Running with the Devil," "Panama," "Jump," and "Hot for Teacher" that have made them a staple of rock radio ever since.Neil was and still is tight with the band (Eddie used to drive up and park his jeep on Neil's lawn while they they'd all go out and raise hell on the Sunset Street.) He helped capture and shape the band's hard rock party image on and off stage. Their videos were all over MTV. This was one photogenic band. "Van Halen" has sold 56 million records in the U.S. - 75 million albums worldwide. All eleven of their albums have broken Billboard top 20, four of them ( including 1978's "VAN HALEN" and 1984's ...1984) have hit number one. They are among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time and were inducted into the rock and roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (29 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811863042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811863049
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 24.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Zlozower (pronounced z-low-zower) has been photographing bands for 37 years, and has worked with a truly amazing cast of rock and metal bands, especially in the L.A. scene. Some of the bands and musicians he's photographed include: Bruce Springstein, Rolling Stones, Queen and many more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect. 2 July 2012
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Pictures quality are great in almost all cases, I mean, for being mainly a photograph book is not bad at all. IMO, it would had been a real treat if:

1.- No info regarding to where and when the pictures were taken. In Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Rock Band of All Time" p.e., although isn't perfect either in its category but still a pretty good book, you have it and can place them in time and space.

2.- Not few pictures has been seen already, I mean, Mr. Zlozower must have tons and tons of pictures, do we need to see again the same old pictures? That many? A couple would have been great.

3.- The comments. Some are just filler, just for saying something. There are a few quite interesting and others pretty well known for the average VH fan, with people who in a way or another have been involved with VH (Gene Simmons, Billy Sheenan, Steve Stevens), but others just because saw them in concert or when heard them on the radio; repetitive at times.

The book deserves 3.5 points for where I see it, but since I'm a huge fan and the printing quality is good I'm leaning to 4 stars. It makes a nice coffee table book after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Book 3 Jan 2010
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A great book about the original Van Halen....doesnt feature anything after the departure if Dave in 1985, but then Van Halen ceased to be a visual band once he had departed. A treat for us in the UK where Van Halen were never that big a deal and didnt have countless rock magazines to see these pictures back in the 70s/early 80s. Definately worth getting if you love the original band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! 25 Dec 2012
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A must for any Van Halen fan! Before your 'naked steamin' eyes' a colourful visual history of Van Halen from 1978 to 1984
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE & ONLY REAL VAN HALEN!!! 13 Nov 2007
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Sure, I enjoyed Van Hagar and even some Van Cherone, but nothing ever touched the glory of the MIGHTY VAN HALEN. Van Halen was simply never again as interesting musically or visually after 1984. This book captures Van Halen in all their glory, at their very best and most influencial. The text is icing to this delicious cake. Every picture tells a story indeed. Finally, a quality coffee table book to illustrate the greatest American hard rock band of all time, Cheap Trick being my close second.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!...... 28 Nov 2007
By JAMES P MORRISON - Published on
This is THE book for any VH fan. Great photo's (I do wish that each photo at least had a caption of where it was taken) and cool memories from some of rocks biggest names. The best coffee table book I own, and it will stay on my coffee table for a long time. Great conversation piece. You watch them transform from virtually little kids at the beginning and by the time you are near the end of the book, they are truly rock monsters.
I particulary loved the photo's on pg 48, 96-97 (that pic says it all) and a really odd but cool one on page 197. Pick this book up now, it is a must have!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for the true VH fan 27 Jan 2008
By Brian - Published on
I remember hearing the first track of VH 1 when it was released,
bringing with it chills up the spine and jaw dropped.
This book brings you in a time warp to witness rock history, and
realize - in case you didn't - that Van Halen dropped a bomb on
the music scene. Not only a revolutionary guitar god, but songs
and live performances that rose light years beyond what was coming out
of the U.S.A. at the time. The kind we won't see again, either.

The photos, by a master of R&R photography, look like they were taken
yesterday. Crisp, clear and a great mix of group shots and live. The
backstage pics of Eddie preparing his axe arsenal, for example, are priceless; Alex behind one of his monster drum kits.

And yes, it appropriately culminates with 1984 - got a problem with that?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Nov 2007
By Laura - Published on
As a Van Halen fan since 1978. This book was on my "must have" list. Neil Zlozower does not disapoint.He captures memories in his outstanding photos of a band who's music has brought inmeasurable joy to many lives. It was worth the wait. I recommend this,a great read.

Thanks Neil :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fandamntastic 25 Dec 2007
By Carla K. Ulbrich - Published on
I was so excited when I got this book for Christmas. After waiting 23 years f or the band to get back together, and finally seeing them in NYC in November (minus Michael Anthony, plus Wolfgang), I felt my life was complete. Then seeing all these fantabulous pictures of them in their glory days- I just couldn't put the book down. I read it cover to cover, and soaked in every picture. The author was not just a hired gun photographer, but a friend, and you can tell this by the photos he took and the tidbits he collected from a wide range of people in the biz. He captured the guys' personalities, on and off stage. I used to have posters of clippings all over my walls of these guys during their prime, but I never got to seethem live- only van Hagar and the DLR band, which were great, but not the same. Between the band's reunion, however long that may last, and this book, which is awesome, I feel a missing piece of my youth (not seeing them before they split in 85) has been replaced. This book is truly a labor of love and not just somebody seeing a chance to make a few bucks off the band's reunion. And yes, ladies, there is more than one picture of Dave in buttless pants (chaps) and even one of him in a bathrobe and the tiniest pair of men's underwear I've ever seen. oh yeah, and a foreward by Diamond Dave, the man, the icon, the philosopher as well as one by Pete Angelus.
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