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0571311458
Eruption: the Eddie Van Halen story
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Author: Brannigan, Paul
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Genre: Rock musicians
Classification: 782.421
Publisher: Faber, 2021
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780571311453
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index
Since their debut in 1978, Van Halen has set a high bar for the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of good times and debauchery. It created an entirely new style of post-'60s hard rock and, unlike bands with a similar sound, managed to gain cross-gender appeal. There is an undercurrent of tragedy to the band's saga, however. Although Eddie Van Halen is a rock god, he is by all accounts hypersensitive and emotionally insecure. Living in the spotlight, his struggles have played out in public, from a battle with cancer that left him without one-third of his tongue to the break-up of his longtime marriage to Valerie Bertinelli. With insights from Van Halen himself, 'Eruption' reaches beyond the boundaries of a conventional rock biography to explore the cultural, political, and social contexts that shaped an icon.
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