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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock Hardcover – 1 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062009281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062009289
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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“Sammy’s no bullsh*tter. If Sammy says it happened, it did. There’s nobody else anywhere like him.” (Michael Anthony)

“Sammy has maintained his all-star success no matter where his Red Rocker career has taken him. He still can’t drive fifty-five, but hey, he’s the one driving the Mustang. So site back and ride.” (Toby Keith)

“Nobody had to explain the American dream to Sammy. He knew in his gut that there was a better life available to him if he refused to accept the status quo. It’s all here in Sammy’s new book.” (Ted Nugent)

“I’ll admit it: I’ve been a Sammy Hagar wannabe since I heard his voice on a Montrose album...I’m proud to call him a rock star hero, a friend, and a brother in the sun. Rock on, Red Rocker!” (Kenny Chesney)

“Sam’s the man. Tequila, fast cars, rock ‘n’ roll—my kind of guy.” (Jimmie Johnson, five-time NASCAR champion)

“There are not a lot of people I would drop whatever I’m doing to go and see, but Sammy Hagar is one of thouse people...The man rocks his ass off, and vicariously through him so do I. My man—Sammy Hagar.” (Whoopi Goldberg)

“Over the many years I’ve known Sammy, his Red Rocker passion in music has always inspired me. But it’s also his love of cooking great food and sharing a good bottle of wine that has been at the core of our friendship for so long. (Emeril Lagasse)

“There are tell-all books. And then there are tell-all books written by Sammy Hagar. The 63-year-old ex-Van Halen frontman holds back nothing -- and I mean absolutely nothing -- in his autobiography...the Red Rocker’s life look-back doesn’t skimp on the details.” (Associated Press)

From the Back Cover

Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo.
This is the life of Sammy Hagar.

For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written—songs like "I Can't Drive 55," "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love."

In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous story of his tear through rock 'n' roll, detailing the backstage antics and nonstop touring that have made his voice instantly recognizable. Beginning with his musical coming-of-age in the blue-collar towns of California, Sammy traces his rough and determined rise to fame, working harder than anyone else out there and writing songs about the things he loved—fast cars, loud parties, and lots of good times.

But solo success was just the start, a prelude to his raucous and notorious decade as the front man for Van Halen, one of the biggest-selling rock groups in history. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories from his time with the band, Red offers the Van Halen story as Sammy saw it, holding nothing back about the worldwide stadium tours, the tensions with Eddie, the messy parties, the divided friendships, and, of course, his controversial and widely disputed exit from the band.

After Van Halen, Sammy changed directions again, throwing himself headfirst into the tequila business and creating Cabo Wabo, one of the most successful tequila brands in the world. And all the while he continued to rock, touring the country with his bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot, and eventually reuniting with Van Halen for a tour that became both a box-office smash and a personal catastrophe.

From the decadence of being one of the world's biggest rock stars to the unfiltered story of being forced out of Van Halen, Sammy's account spares no one, least of all himself. His is a tale of a true rock 'n' roller—someone who's spent decades bringing the party with him wherever he goes but always headin' back to Cabo for mas tequila.

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Having been a fan of Sammy's for many years I was interested to see what a life he's had.
After reading this book, it's like what everybody states In their review's, yeah he talks openly about he's wealth, car's, homes, but hey wouldn't you.
The guy's been a worker for everything he's gained, he really came from a humble upbringing in Sammy's own words it's heartfelt and honest.
He's business mind is to be saluted as well what a guy.
The music career WOW real highs and lows.....the low Been really EVH's ego, attitude, and mental sate, and how Sammy can still love the guy speaks volume's about the size of his heart like everything, not his wallet.
The book does make you feel as well especially regarding his first wife and all the things they went through, and Sammy did make laugh out loud as well!......especially regarding DLR what a waste hahahahahaha, Sammy killed him every night!
All in all, a very open and honest story and a great read!
To the RED ROCKER Sammy, thank,s for the time spent telling your story like a lot of people have stated it feels like an old friend having a chat and a shot of tequila withya!
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Being a guitar player, I've always admired Eddie Van Halen's playing, but have suspected for a long time that he may not be the easiest of people to get along with. I therefore purchased this book to get the low-down and I wasn't surprised to hear that, according to Mr Hagar, he was a complete nightmare to work with. I'm certain that EVH would have a different view but I'm inclined to believe this book as being the closest we will get to the truth.

However, there is no doubt that Mr Hagar has a huge opinion of himself and spends a fair bit of the book telling you how great and successful he is. OK, so he is a rock and roll front man, so he isn't exactly going to be the shy and retiring type, but hearing just how considerably richer than you he is, does get a little boring after a while. To be fair though, maybe it is because I'm a modest Englishman who finds self promotion quite vulgar.

Also, again, to be fair, it does appear to be a very honest account and I guess for that he should be applauded. I never followed him before Van Halen so I didn't get as much out of the pre-Van Halen stuff, but it was still interesting to read how he got to the point when he joined the band.
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OK So Sammy does have lots of doh! He does tell us about the things he has been able to buy because of his success but lets not forget we are talking about a guy who grew up with absolutely no material wealth and not even a steady place to live.

He has always given a 100% and just wanted to make music , even taking a pay cut to join Van Halen. Now as a Brit, I just didn't get it. Yes he was hands down a better singer and writer than Roth but I prefered Montrose and solo Sammy.

He talks about his business ventures but was in the right place at the right time and stuck with them when they started to fold. unlike the VH brothers who signed away right to Cabo so as not to have to meet it's initial debts and secure the logo rights outright from Sammy.

So he deserves what he has, indeed has earned more from his other businesses than from music.

The book itself is a frank account of his life and dealings with the industry, even sounding sad at the demise of the industry as he knew it. He talks about the despair of trying to deal with his first wife's illness until he could take no more. Obviously there were all the trappings of superstardom!

The only thing that spoilt this for me was that Kindle do not provide video on these enhanced versions that plays on pc or android, so cannot comment on the video content. That is why there are only 4 stars.

I have recently read autobiographies from Slash and Duff and this is as good as those , if that helps.
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Great stories, well written, Sammy sure knows an anecdote when he lives one. His early life is poignant and quite heart-breaking, but it does make you understand his drive to succeed all the more. This is much better than DLR's book, a fact which will please sammy no end, no doubt. By the time it's over you'll be rooting for the red rocker like Rocky! If you like Rock Biographies, you'll love this...
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First off. Did you know that Sammy was very rich and everything he turns his hand to is mega-succesful?

Did you know that Sammy has his own plane? Personalised Ferrari? Expensive house? Beautiful wife?

Did you know that everyone Sammy has ever been involved with in a group scenario is a dick and Sammy is great?

If the answer to the above is NO and you still want to, then read on

Having followed Sammy's career from Montrose days I was really looking forward to reading this but have to say, the content was so shallow and boastful I barely got to the end.
If your looking for insight into the writing of the many rock anthems Sammy has been involved with then think again. Montrose's debut album is universally regarded as a classic. His involvement with Montrose takes up about a dozen (large font) pages.....considerably less than his ramblings about his (mega-succesful!) Cantina.
His involvement with Van Hagar amounts to little more than "We were the biggest band on the planet and I made millions but Eddie VH / Alex VH / the Manager were dicks" ......and so it goes on

The final page is Sammy telling you he doesnt see himself as anything special or better than you...... obviously, thats if you too, have got the planes and mansions and Ferraris and millions and beautiful wives he's spent most of the book 'impressing' you with...

If you dont mind any of the above then im sure you will enjoy Sammy's Twitterings but I would suggest spending yer hard-earned on 2 far far superior autobiogs - 'Life' By Keef and 'Does the noise...' by Steven Tyler. By the way - 2 rock stars far more famous and far more humble than Sammy

Now tell me again much money do you have????
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