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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.

Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo.
This is the life of Sammy Hagar.

For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy’s powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written—songs like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.”

In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous story of his tear through rock ’n’ roll, detailing the backstage antics and nonstop touring that have made his voice instantly recognizable. Beginning with his musical coming-of-age in the blue-collar towns of California, Sammy traces his rough and determined rise to fame, working harder than anyone else out there and writing songs about the things he loved—fast cars, loud parties, and lots of good times.

But solo success was just the start, a prelude to his raucous and notorious decade as the front man for Van Halen, one of the biggest-selling rock groups in history. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories from his time with the band, Red offers the Van Halen story as Sammy saw it, holding nothing back about the worldwide stadium tours, the tensions with Eddie, the messy parties, the divided friendships, and, of course, his controversial and widely disputed exit from the band.

After Van Halen, Sammy changed directions again, throwing himself headfirst into the tequila business and creating Cabo Wabo, one of the most successful tequila brands in the world. And all the while he continued to rock, touring the country with his bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot, and eventually reuniting with Van Halen for a tour that became both a box-office smash and a personal catastrophe.

From the decadence of being one of the world’s biggest rock stars to the unfiltered story of being forced out of Van Halen, Sammy’s account spares no one, least of all himself. His is a tale of a true rock ’n’ roller—someone who’s spent decades bringing the party with him wherever he goes but always headin’ back to Cabo for mas tequila.

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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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About the Author
Author Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar is the multiplatinum Red Rocker, the outgoing, bombastic front man of hard-rock champions Van Halen, who is currently on his fourth platinum career with his supergroup, Chickenfoot. In addition to his legendary status among rock stars, he is the masterful entrepreneur behind Cabo Wabo tequila. When he’s not on the road, he splits his time among California, Hawaii, and Mexico.