Van Halen Rising

  • by Greg Renoff
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After years of gigging everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen - led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen - had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear.
The quartet's classic 1978 debut, Van Halen, sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success. On tour, Van Halen's high-energy show wowed audiences and prompted headlining acts like Black Sabbath to concede that they'd been blown off the stage. By the year's end, Van Halen had established themselves as superstars and reinvigorated heavy metal in the process.
Based on more than 230 original interviews - including with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and power players like Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower - Van Halen Rising is the first book to tell the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage.

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What the Critics Say

"Renoff's book is a thoroughly entertaining read that will appeal to every hard rock fan." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Truly Outstanding!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Van Halen Rising to be better than the print version?

I only use Audible for my book consumption these days due to eye strain but this one did not disappoint.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Van Halen Rising?

Without a doubt the story of the 'secret' entrance staged by Roth and Berle. I thought I was a VH fan but somehow had never heard this story!


Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, first time.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book moved me. The perseverance these guys displayed (especially Edward and Alex from the moment they boarded the ship to come to America) was just tremendous!


Any additional comments?

To Greg Renoff, thank you sir for the ULTIMATE Van Halen book! Your passion shines through here on every page. I highly recommend this for any VH fan (or even a passing fan).

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- Edgar F. Whitaker

Entertaining story, superb narration

Greg Renoff really captures what is was like to be around one America's great rock 'n roll bands during their embryonic stage. Yes there was sex, drugs, and Rock, but there was even more hard work, determination and passion. The detailed accounts of Van Halen's early performances, just puts a smile on your face.
When you finish the book, you want so much more, especially the stories behind the soap opera years (1985, 1996, 98-2007)
Makes you want fire up some early Van Halen!
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio