Sammy Hagar w/Joel Selvin
2011 It Books
“Rock Candy”, “Bad Motor Scooter”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “There’s Only One Way to Rock”, “Why Can’t This be Love”, “Finish What Ya Started”, “When It’s Love”, “Runaround”, “Right Now”. There is no denying that Sammy Hagar has written some of the biggest rock songs ever. From Montrose and his solo career to Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Now, in his new book, RED: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Sammy looks back at nearly 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll.
Sammy Hagar has been a major player in rock for a long time. In RED, he talks about his slow rise from local bands to the front man in one of the biggest rock bands ever, Van Halen.
Along the way he looks at his other interests and success’. Having been involved in early mountain bikes and his interest in acquiring property. Sammy was successful at just about everything he became involved in. Indeed he no longer relies on music to make money.
RED is an exciting read. Sammy has no problem exposing the dark and dirty secrets of the music industry as well as that of Van Halen and his tour with David Lee Roth. Some of it is unbelievable, unless you saw the Halen/Hagar reunion tour.
Sammy also talks about his cantina, Cabo Wabo, and his tequila. Yet another success, despite some early set backs with the cantina.
The book ends with his current project, Chickenfoot, and an introspective look at his beliefs and what makes him tick. At the end he credits his mother for helping to make him a solid person.
RED is a fun and surprising read. Most of the information Sammy gives, the stories he tells, I had never heard before. Sammy Hagar is a true success story. A man that is truly happy with who he is and where he is. This is a man who never has to work again. Sammy does what he does because he truly loves what he is doing. Readers will find inspiration in RED. I highly recommend this book.