My Uncensored Life in Rock
On Sale: March 15, 2011
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Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo.
This is the life of
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
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
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