Van Halen's rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world had ever seen - their mythos an epic party, a sweaty, sexy, never-ending rock extravaganza. During this unparalleled run of success, debauchery, and drama, no one was closer to the band than Noel Monk. A man who'd worked with some of rock's biggest and most notorious names, Monk spent seven years with Van Halen, serving first as their tour manger, then as their personal manager until 1985, when both he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, backstabbing, and disappointment consumed the band.
Throughout Van Halen's meteoric rise and abrupt halt, this confidant, fixer, friend, and promoter saw it all and lived to tell. Now, for the first time, he shares the most outrageous escapades - from their coming of age to their most shocking behavior on the road; from Eddie's courtship and high-profile wedding to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use that would ultimately lead to everyone's demise. Sharing never-before-told stories, Monk paints a compelling portrait of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship, and naiveté that shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time - and made him and his brother vulnerable to the trappings and failings of fame.
Runnin' with the Devil is manna from rock heaven no Van Halen fan can miss.
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By Damian T on 09-12-17
Great audiobook, and great performance
Overall I personally like rock bands rockstars biographies, if you like van halen this is a must, this is another version of the story from a third point of view from management but nevertheless very important, I couldn’t stop listening, definitely you will be hooked.
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By Scootrbee on 11-07-17
A Must Read!
I love this book! It was well written and very informative with insight to the DLR Van Halen years. If you're a fan of that era, what are you waiting for? Listen Now!
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By Diane Rodriguez on 01-09-17
Van Halen ❤️
Written by Noel Monk, band manager from the beginning of the band through the last days of DLR, this book documents the rise and fall of one of the best pop rock bands ever (yes that's my opinion). What makes Van Halen so rad? The energetic blend of great guitar, David Lee Roth's screeching vocals, harmonies, sexy fun dance party tunes & a laid-back So Cal attitude that I grew up with... I can practically smell the beach & feel the sun in each song... yes it's my guilty pleasure.
Before Van Halen, Noel was the US tour manager for the Sex Pistols so when he met VH he was a seasoned veteran of debauchery. He guided the band through bad contracts & merch deals to mega million $ success. He was there for the entire ride (he considers the end when DLR left & Sammy Hagar took over - & so do I). In this book he details the humble beginnings (not that they were humble dudes) from a backyard party band in Pasadena to becoming one of the most popular and successful rock bands in the world. They ruled the late 70s - early 80s rock world. Who remembers: VAN HALEN ROCKS KLOS!??? They rocked me from Jr High - High School. Even as a punk rocker I couldn't give up VH.
This bio sheds light on the distinct and often difficult personalities in the band. DLR was the alpha male & resident egomaniac while Edward Van Halen was the musical genius that pulled it all together. Those crazy personalities brought fun & spunk to the band. I knew DLR was a force of nature but I had no idea just how crazy & narcissistic he was... and the rest of the band's drugs & girls & pranks & drugs & girls... amazing they're still alive to carry on. It goes through each phase, album, and tour explaining growth and meltdowns. From a rider indicating no brown m&ms to a guarantee that no one was paid more than them at the US Festival it is fascinating stuff!
I did find it funny that, as this is told through the band managers eyes, he seemed to have the perfect solution in any event no matter how big, crazy, or illegal. Really? Or is it just that time makes all things look better in the end? I also liked getting to understand the individual members, their contributions to the band, and their personal stories... some good, some really bad, but always entertaining to read. Noel is a good storyteller.
I came away from this having a deeper understanding of VH and they're still bright and shiny to me... a must read for any big VH fan... ROCK ON!
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