Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen by Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill puts together interviews and of Eddie Van Halen, friends, and family. Mr Tolinski was Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine, Mr. Gill was the Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Aficionado magazine.
- 336 pages
- Publisher : Hachette Books
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0306826658
Is Eddie Van Halen overrated or underrate?
This,at any rate, was a often topic of conversation in high school, in hindsight by a bunch of know-nothing, yet all knowing, teenagers. I always maintained he was way underrated – afterwards, it turns out, I was wrong as well, not realizing just how underrated he was.
In Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen by Brad Tolinski (who also wrote a book about Jimmy Page) and Chris Gill, the authors certainly don’t hide their admiration for Van Halen. The compilation of interviews, as well as the sidebars, really lets the reader know Eddie Van Halen like never before.
The book covers some of the guitars Eddie played, and chiefly built himself. While I always recognized Eddie Van Halen as the best rock ‘n roll guitarist I’ve ever listen to. I did not, however, knew his contributions to guitar technology.
Specifically, I enjoyed the background essays before the interviews. These tidbits gave context to the interviews that followed, which elevated this book from “just a bunch of interviews” to probably the best biography of Eddie Van Halen we’re ever going to get.
The authors also included interviews with other people who worked with Van Halen during pivotal times in their life. Ray Daniels, manager in the 90s, was a fascinating look at a turbulent time. Vocalist Gary Cherone put a very humane aspect to a man who was a legend during his life. And, of course Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth managed a word or two in as well.
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