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A new book on Eddie Van Halen debuted on Amazon’s bestseller list almost a year to the day after the rock legend passed away.
Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen was released on October 5 and is currently number eight on Amazon’s list of Best Musicians Biographies and Memoirs (Dave Grohl’s The storyteller: Tales of life and music currently holds first place).
Co-Written by Brad Tolinski, Former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar world magazine, and Chris Gill, former editor of Guitar enthusiast, Eruption is a new oral history of Van Halen’s life and career, drawn from over 50 hours of interviews with the guitarist himself, as well as interviews with family, friends and industry colleagues . The book was released exactly one year after the death of Van Halen, who died of a stroke on October 6, 2020, at age 65.
While Eruption is not an officially licensed biography, the authors spent time with Van Halen at his legendary 5150 studio and at his home in Studio City, California. Everything was recorded, and the writers say the rocker sat down for several interviews.
According to publisher Hachette, many stories and anecdotes from the interviews have never been told. “The heart of Eruption is drawn from these intimate and wide-ranging discussions, ”a description of Hachette reads,“ as well as conversations with family, friends and colleagues. “
The book traces Van Halen’s rich career, from his beginnings emigrating from the Netherlands to the United States to his first guitar (he had previously studied classical piano) to his success with the group. which bore his name.
Eruption also offers commentary and a preview of a number of Van Halen albums, from their self-titled debut album in 1978 to, according to Hachette, “an unprecedented dive into Van Halen’s masterpiece. 1984.”This was the last full album featuring the original four members (Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony). The book also traces later solo work and collaborations that the guitarist has published.
Over more than four decades, Van Halen has gained recognition for his innovative guitar playing and Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen also “examines his genius as an inventor who changed the face of guitar making”. According to the editor’s notes, “Since his band Van Halen burst onto the scene with his self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie had been hailed as an icon not only by rock and heavy metal fans, but also by artists of all kinds and around the world. “
Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen is now available in hardcover for $ 23.99 on Amazon.com. Do you prefer storytelling? Listen to an audiobook version of Van Halen’s story by uploading it to Audible. You can currently get a 30-day free trial for Audible here.