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Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story
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Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story (Paperback)

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By 1978, rock'n'roll was dead in America. Led Zeppelin had played their final US concerts, Aerosmith were falling apart, Alice Cooper had checked himself into a sanitarium and Lynyrd Skynyrd had been ripped apart by a tragic plane crash. Disco ruled the airwaves, singer-songwriters dominated the live circuit and New Wave was being touted as music's Next Big Thing. Until one man and his guitar changed everything...Put simply, Eddie Van Halen is the most influential guitarist since Jimi Hendrix, his incendiary playing transforming a Pasadena covers band into one of the world's best-known groups. Just as The Beach Boys sound tracked American adolescence in the 1960s, and The Eagles the '70s, the 1980s belonged to Van Halen, with the Californian quartet delivering a string of multi-platinum albums which fuelled a new rock revolution. Today Eddie Van Halen has a plaque on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (located between Jimi Hendrix and Slash) and one of his iconic, homemade guitars is on display in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

And yet, despite his band racking up in excess of 80 million album sales worldwide the guitarist once described himself to writer Paul Brannigan as 'the most insecure fuck you'll ever meet in your life'. There is much the world does not yet know about the complicated, reclusive guitar hero. Drawing upon first-hand interviews with Eddie and those closest to him, Eruption will reveal his full, extraordinary story for the first time, and his band's pivotal role in shaping the future of American music.

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresHeavy Metal musicMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresIndividual composers & musicians, specific bands & groupsMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresRock & Pop music Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 07/10/2021 ISBN-13: 9780571311460  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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A former editor of Kerrang!, Paul Brannigan is the author of Sunday Times bestseller This Is A Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl and Thinking Out Loud: The Wit and Wisdom of Lemmy. Along with Ian Winwood he also wrote the acclaimed two volume biography of Metallica, Birth School Metallica Death (a Sunday Times, Independent and NME best music book of 2013) and Into The Black: The Inside Story of Metallica 1991-2014.

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