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A rocky romp through Diamond Dave's rhinestone studded life
on 5 November 2000
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. After the Split (with Van Halen) Dave takes a new direction, experimenting with new styles and genres, and even directing his own music videos, while Van Halen chose to play power ballads for a decade.
During his inactive period, Dave chose to take expeditions to the Himalayas, Papua New Guinea and Haiti. An unlikely choice of retirement venues for the rock legend, but Dave has always mantained a peak physical conditon. After a breif reunion with Van Halen, and upstaging them in the MTV awards, he ties up the book by making clear that everybody knows that he wrote that book to show his thoughts about the events in his life, not a perfect chronological recollection, but his side of the story. How and why he did it, and for that reason, he gains massive respect from me, as a performer.