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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sammy Hagar Narrator: Scott Shepherd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sammy Hagar shares tales of loud music, unbelievable parties and fast cars in Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Hagar, often affectionately referred to as The Red Rocker, sold millions of records and packed arenas as a solo artist and as the charismatic frontman of Van Halen, one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

The book begins with Hagar as a youngster. Even then, living in a poor neighborhood and wearing hand-me-downs, he was determined to be a household name. The book quickly follows with his adolescence and his early solo career. Most of Red is focused on Hagar's time in Van Halen, beginning in 1985. His behind-the-scenes stories include backstage antics, drug-induced fights and tensions with band leader Eddie Van Halen.

After his controversial departure from Van Halen, Hagar proved he was more than just a creative mind, using his business sense to create one of the most well-known and most profitable tequila brands in the world, Cabo Wabo.

Hagar is best known as a vocalist, but he's also a talented guitarist and songwriter. His musical career spans almost 40 years, beginning with hard rock outfit Montrose in the 1970s followed quickly by a successful solo career in the early 1980s. Hagar's I Can't Drive 55 charted in 1984, just a year before he was asked to join Van Halen. He fronted what fans call "Van Hagar" from 1985 until 1996, and from 2003 to 2005.

Since 2008, he has dedicated his time to an all-star band called Chickenfoot. It features Hagar on vocals with Van Halen's Michael Anthony on bass, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and Joe Satriani on guitar.

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nobody had to explain the American dream to Sammy. He knew in his gut that there was a better life available to him if he refused to accept the status quo. It’s all here in Sammy’s new book.”

    Ted Nugent

  • “Sammy has maintained his all-star success no matter where his Red Rocker career has taken him. He still can’t drive fifty-five, but hey, he’s the one driving the Mustang. So sit back and ride.”

    Toby Keith

  • “I’ll admit it: I’ve been a Sammy Hagar wannabe since I heard his voice on a Montrose album…I’m proud to call him a rock star hero, a friend, and a brother in the sun. Rock on, Red Rocker!”

    Kenny Chesney

  • “Sammy’s no bullsh*tter. If Sammy says it happened, it did. There’s nobody else anywhere like him.”

    Michael Anthony

  • “There are not a lot of people I would drop whatever I’m doing to go and see, but Sammy Hagar is one of thouse people…The man rocks his ass off, and vicariously through him so do I. My man—Sammy Hagar.”

    Whoopi Goldberg

  • “Over the many years I’ve known Sammy, his Red Rocker passion in music has always inspired me. But it’s also his love of cooking great food and sharing a good bottle of wine that has been at the core of our friendship for so long.”

    Emeril Lagasse

  • “Sam’s the man. Tequila, fast cars, rock ’n’ roll—my kind of guy.”

    Jimmie Johnson, five-time NASCAR champion

  • “There are tell-all books. And then there are tell-all books written by Sammy Hagar. The sixty-three-year-old ex–Van Halen frontman holds back nothing—and I mean absolutely nothing—in his autobiography…The Red Rocker’s life look-back doesn’t skimp on the details.”

    Associated Press

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/20/2014

    " Not a wholesome read by any means but I love my Sammy. Although it destroyed everything I loved about the Van Halen brothers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jill | 2/12/2014

    " Snooze fest. Good for him though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julia Blankenship- winkelmann | 2/2/2014

    " Good book! Kinda slow in the beginning, but worth reading! Sammy is very up front and brutally honest. He gives the dish on the Van Halen brothers , I love reading bios on musicians, and this one is a good one .. Love ya Sammy!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/25/2014

    " It was ok-but I didn't really like Sammy after I had read it. I still love his music but I see him differently now. "

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