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This book wasn't fun or interesting. Became monotonous quick.
Love Van Halen, not this book! Jun 12, Jesse rated it really liked it. Pretty good. Paints the author in a rather postive light, which can't be the entire truth. Jul 22, Rick Elias rated it really liked it. Interesting Only to a point Not breaking any stereotypes either, total Spinal Tap. Only for fans, everyone else will experience bias confirmation and disgust. Jul 06, Don Gorman rated it liked it. This was not just another musical memoir for me, as I went to High School with the author. I didn't know him well, he was a quiet, self contained tough guy and staying out of his way was advisable.
This book is really interesting for anyone who ever touched the music world, especially the concert end I produced shows for about 5 years. Monk's first hand view, direction and now revelations of the career of Van Halen is terrific. The backstage look is great fun. It brought to mind that I had categorized the rock stars as almost always being victims to drugs, alcohol and sex.
I now was made aware that I had left out one other major factor, ego. These guys self destructed like so many others, and though predictable, it seems a shame. This is a great tale and you certainly do grow to respect Noel Monk and his role as the pages turn. Well done. Sep 26, Anthony rated it really liked it. This book had so many crazy rock and roll stories! The author, who managed the band from their start in until the David Lee Roth departure in , remembers Van Halen as one of the greatest rock bands on the planet as well as aside from bass player Michael Anthony a bunch of coked up alcoholics.
It's interesting to read about how they went from top of the world to just a band falling apart, with some true rock n' roll stories along the way. Jul 12, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: music-biographies. Horrific- like chatting with a conductor who tells you his journey off the tracks and then over the cliff I pity Van Halens old manager I hope Michael Anthony writes a book. Especially since he's still friends with Sammy Hagar. I sure hope he made enough money off the Van Halen boys to make it worth it. Na Horrific- like chatting with a conductor who tells you his journey off the tracks and then over the cliff Nasty stuff!
I suggest reading Sammy Hagar's book instead - much healthier. Although, if you really want to know how the music industry works Alex Van Halen will probably put a hit on his old manager for this tabloid insanity.
It is amusing that he said he signed a contract that prohibited him from telling this story for 30 years yep, times up! Aug 30, Dachokie rated it really liked it. While every band is generally illustrated as being more decadent that others, the stories are all basically the same … the only difference being how believable the stories are and how well those stories are told. Right off the bat, he confirms what even casual Van Halen fans assumed about the band: the lead singer is an insecure prima-donna, the guitar wizard is in his own world, the drummer plays yes-man to his uber-talented brother and the quiet bass player stays in the shadows like a stow-a-way on a cruise ship.
This eclectic group of individuals contributed to a chemical equation that was brilliant, yet fragile and combustible. I found his storytelling both intriguing, entertaining and I every time I put the book down, I looked forward to picking it back up again to continue the journey. Edward Van Halen is portrayed as a cherubic kid all the way through book. Even though his musical virtuosity puts him in the same lofty status as Jimi Hendrix, the book conveys him as somewhat socially awkward and quite naive, even when courting his future wife, Valeri Bertinelli.
The best parts of the book, though, are those with David Lee Roth. Even though Monk calls Roth out for being less manly than his stage persona and a singer with limited ability, the author frequently affirms the spandex-clad Ken Doll as possessing the highest wattage in a 4-pack of dim bulbs. Aside from accounting the personal side of band members, Monk provides us with the hectic and thankless job of managing a headlining rock band.
We get a healthy dose of managerial issues that rendered Monk as more of a firefighter … there were always fires needing to be extinguished. Whether it be tricking a major record label into ignoring a contract deadline to re-negotiate a better deal for the band, fighting counterfeit merchandise peddlers literally and figuratively or serving as the glue and tape that holds the band together … we get a clear idea of the pressure Monk experienced with Van Halen.
What is shocking is how much the band needed him, yet for his entire tenure, Monk never received anything but a month-to-month contract. The only issue I had with the book is guessing the rationale for writing the book. While not an overt hit-job on the band that unceremoniously dumped him, Monk presents himself as ultimately being victimized. This book was written shortly after the legal deadline allowing him write about the band had passed; one can assume different degrees of payback were motives in writing the book. Regardless, I still felt it was written in an honest and sincere manner.
Most of these books try to portray bands as Vikings who rape and pillage everywhere they roam. Monk reveals a lot of personal and even embarrassing Van Halen moments, but these stories come across as much more believable, not as cheap attempts to shock readers. Noel Monk is a bitter, foolish ass and he puts it all on display in this book.
Monk was the tour and then band manager for Van Halen from the formation of the band through the album. He saw everything that went on and detailed much of the worst of it in these pages. As the book opens, he has just managed the U. From there we get the stories of the music, the drugs, the women, etc.
At the time of his firing, Monk was prohibited for a time to publish a book about the band. That time has run out, and all of the bitterness that has been building up in Monk over that time comes out here. I think that most people acknowledge that Eddie Van Halen is one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. Monk doesn't disagree. But he also doesn't miss any opportunity to take jabs at Eddie's intelligence he also refers to him as Edward throughout the book, which is weird. Although Monk claims that he had the best relationship with Eddie, he nonetheless takes great pains to point out that Eddie is "not the brightest bulb," a claim he also makes about all of the band members together.
Monk seems intent on telling us, many times, how stupid the members of Van Halen were.
This is not only petty, but in my mind Monk is no smarter. At the end of Van Halen's first tour, the band members want to fire their manager, Marshall Berle. Berle, instead, is back in L. But Monk makes sure to mention several times that Berle is not around the band when he should be. Berle is fired, Monk takes over after fairly asking the band to do their due diligence and interview other managers and signs a month to month contract.
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That lasts for seven years. In that time, Monk helps get the band out of their onerous initial Warner Bros. Amid all of this success, however, Monk never asks for a long term contract. This is where he is a fool, as we'll come to in a minute. As his time with the band goes on, Monk also falls into the same behavior in which Berle engaged - not the misuse of funds or inappropriate behavior, but by not being with the band.
By his own admission he did not accompany them on their first tour after he became manager until he was called to come out to deal with problems. Also by his own admission, he was nowhere near the studio during the entire recording of the album, during which time Monk acknowledged that the relationship between band members, and the relationship between band members and him were deteriorating.
So for as smart as Monk claims to be and he certainly puts himself out there as smarter than the members of Van Halen , he does the same stupid stuff that Berle did. In his absence, decisions are made without him and he lets himself become a victim of circumstances. One quick example of this. He calls David Lee Roth and explains the situation to him. Dave fakes talking to the band about it and then rejects the deal.
Monk is sure that Dave did not talk to the band. So does Monk call a meeting of the band to discuss it among all of them? He just lets the deal die. All he had to do is frankly, his job, and take the deal to the entire band. Let them decide. Later, the failure of this deal is part of the reason that Alex Van Halen, wants to fire Monk.
Monk could have easily avoided this situation by not being a lazy incompetent. When Monk realizes that he might be fired he asks for a seven-year contract. He states that this is standard for management contracts.
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This becomes the precipitating factor that the band uses to fire him. My question is, why didn't Monk ask for this contract when he was making all of this money for the band? When he got them out of their shitty recording contract or made them a ton of merchandising money? That would have been an opportune time to negotiate a long-term deal. Instead, he waits until the writing is on the wall and then asks for the contract as an ill-fated hail Mary.
Monk might be a fine deal-maker but he has no business sense. By the time of his firing Monk seems to be phoning it in for the band. He's tired of them, they of him. The firing shouldn't have come as a surprise and frankly his bitterness about it is misplaced.
The person he should be angry with is staring back at him in the mirror. Dec 08, Clem rated it it was amazing Shelves: music-movies-tv. Nobody put on a show as wild and as raunchy as these guys did. My guess is co-author Joe Layden collaborated in terms of flow and providing Monk with a thesaurus to give the book a lot of big, unnecessary words. When we get an intimate glimpse into the life of Van Halen, we pretty much see what we expect. Give credit to the author for not boring us with his own life story, or the life story of the band members themselves.
We first meet the band when they start a tour to support their first album in support of Journey and Montrose , which is when Monk enters their lives as road manager. We also already know that David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers are basically jerks, and that Michael Anthony, ironically, is a very sweet guy.
Even though we end up not really liking the other three, the author does a good job giving them credit where credit is due, and spends a fair amount of time sharing good times as well as bad with each of them. More specifically, what when on backstage after the show was over. Each album gets very little page space, yet in a strange way, this is forgivable. It seems like in most cases, a new album was made because it was necessary — and helpful, so the band could schedule yet another tour around it. Plus, Monk states over and over again that he rarely went to their recording sessions anyway.
No, he was mainly needed, it seems, to put out fires during the tour and make sure that the show went on, despite all of the X-rated drama. Not surprisingly, the band imploded during the tour. In addition to the 3 members firing Michael Anthony he would stay with the band only as a salaried player for the next 20 years , they also fire Monk at this time. Who can really say. Since Roth and the Van Halen brothers were drunk and stoned all the time, they probably just had to let off some steam. As Monk states in the book, after his firing he never saw the band again.
Personally, I would have loved another chapter where he could reflect on all the nastiness after he left, and just provide some thoughts around the highlights. Everything in this book is pretty much what you would expect. I would say this is a must read for fans — even if the internet has probably already given you access to most of these stories already. Nov 26, Richard J. Printed in The Memphis Flyer Nov. As I tumble down the far side of my 40s on the way to 50, I have to believe it was my year-old self who dug deep into his pockets for the lawn-cutting money to buy this book.
That awkward and anxious kid would not have been disappointed. Written by the band's David Lee Roth-era manager, Noel Monk with music journalist Joe Layden , the book is the age-old story of a young band on the rise while riding a wave of sex, booze, drugs, more sex, even more drugs, and tanker trucks full of booze. And then, in chapter two, we begin with sex and drugs and booze. Ad infinitum. The last 30 pages would have been a shock to year-old me spoiler alert : The band breaks up! It's the telling of this story that is the most interesting and enlightening, particularly how three-fourths of the band — a band that, admirably, always shared equally in songwriting credit and revenue — treated that fourth, bassist Michael Anthony not to mention Monk.
In the end, we come away with what we already knew: Eddie Van Halen is a guitar god, Roth is a hyperkinetic sex machine, Alex Van Halen plays drums, and Anthony plays bass. And they're all, for the most part, assholes. I read the novel Ready Player One Crown simultaneously. I admit I'm late to the game on this book that is closer now to becoming a film than it is to its first publication date in It was recommended to me by a number of my peers, and all with the same sales pitch: "You'll love it.
It's full of '80s trivia and culture. The music, the movies And they were right, it is resplendent with video game, music, and film references from the era I entered at the age of 9 and exited at But is that enough to make a book interesting? Author Ernest Cline clearly thinks so. Ready Player One is set in the dystopian world of , but protagonist Wade Watts, himself a teenager, lives in a nostalgic haze of s culture.
It comes in handy as he embarks on a quest for an "Easter egg," a hidden digital treasure found in video games and films. The orchestrator of the quest and its riddles is the late James Halliday, inventor of a social media platform unlike any we know today. It's an immersive world where players become whomever they wish to be and do whatever they wish to do.
It's a way to escape the miserable world left for them by those who were in charge during the '80s. The Easter egg Watts and an army of "gunters," as the egg hunters are known, is Halliday's massive fortune, left in a cryptic will to be had by the "winner" of his game. Like the game's inventor, I came of age in the '80s, and that decade produced a lot of crap. A lot. I met my future wife in Nostalgia and sentimentality, though, aren't enough to hold my interest for pages across two books. I can no more stomach the seemingly endless loop of Modern English's "I Melt with You" today or spend hours on end in an arcade, than I could a viewing of any John Hughes film in its entirety.
But this is only one middle-aged reviewer's opinion, and he's curmudgeonly and unsentimental. The teenager within finds these books as bitchin' as an episode of Square Pegs. Very enjoyable read about one of my favorite rock and roll bands: Van Halen. Author Noel E. Monk was Van Halen's road manager in , and was Van Halen's personal manager from until In just a seven years times, Noel E. His book "Runnin' With The Devil" gives the reader in an inside glimpse into what those seven illustrious years were like.
No, we're no Very enjoyable read about one of my favorite rock and roll bands: Van Halen. No, we're not talking about great literature here, and the material featured in the book is based only on the author's selective, self-aggrandizing, memory which, it turns out, is not exactly pitch perfect , BUT Instead, the book functions not unlike Van Halen's music: sit back, or stand-up, and enjoy the ride.
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After reading "Runnin' With The Devil," and years earlier Sammy Hagar's excellent book "Red," one gets the impression that Van Halen may be the most dysfunctional great rock and roll band ever. Despite great songs and fantastic albums, the band seemed on the brink of falling apart from the very beginning.
The brothers Van Halen, guitar virtuoso Edward and powerful drummer Alex have had a loving, strong, and complex relationship since their youth, as well as an unbreakable musical bond that no one can penetrate. Both men are wildly talented, and sadly alcoholic drink and drug abusers. David Lee Roth is an intelligent, egomaniacal entity of his own, rarely in sync with his bandmates, and more often than not in his own world of booze, drugs and women.
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Last, and according to Noel E. Monk's book very least, you have kind, trouble-free bass player Michael Anthony, loyal to both his band and his high school sweetheart, yet often maligned and pissed on by his bandmates. How these four men managed to play together and STAY together from to is anyone's guess, let alone rise to the top of the music world. Noel E. Monk touches on the root of some of the Van Halen issues, such as the Van Halen brothers parents and Pasadena upbringing compared with David Lee Roth's rich kid youth, and also shares many a story about drunken, drug-laden debauchery backstage, in hotels, in limousines, and concert venues alike.
Van Halen's partying with the "classic" Roth-Van Halen brothers-Anthony line-up knew no bounds, and rarely let up Most of Noel E. Monk's stories are good, and rarely ever dull, whether it involved band indulgences, emergencies or merchandise and record sale business. Again, one should approach "Running With The Devil" with a grain of salt, and maybe a shot of Jack or two, as the book is only from one person's memory, and point of view.
It's by no means the FULL story of Van Halen, but it does give very interesting and engaging insight into the world of both the music business, and that great big rock and roll band from Pasadena. Mar 15, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: own. Overall I liked "Runnin' with the Devil. For being a non-professional writer, Monk was competent if a little stiff at times. The dialogue he re-created seemed a bit stilted. But what Monk lacked in writing chops he made up for in insider status. He was present when Van Halen became famous.
Toward the end, Roth betrayed the rest of the guys with his solo career, the band betrayed Monk by choosing not to renew his contract, and they betrayed Michael Anthony by writing him out of a ton of royalties from " Other reviewers have commented that Monk is just trying to get revenge by making the band look bad, but I didn't get the sense that "Runnin' with the Devil" was a grudge-fest. Sure, the author makes Van Halen look bad at times. DLR likes to vamp in front of mirrors. Alex hits on other people's wives while hammered. Eddie does copious amounts of cocaine and crawls up in his manager's lap like a baby.
But Monk also takes pains to point out how nice Michael Anthony was, what an amazing guitarist Eddie was, what a great live band Van Halen was. I actually felt like the split of bile and complements was fairly even. My main gripe about the book is that for all Monk's claims about being there through everything, he gives the reader surprisingly few specific anecdotes. There's a funny story near the beginning of "Runnin' with the Devil" about some groupies who liked to be covered in ketchup and mustard Early '80's hard rockers who liked to have sex with groupies after shows and snort a lot of blow?