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"Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived." -Zakk Wylde Van Halen is as American as apple pie, Ford Mustangs, and fake breasts. However, underneath all the fun and flash is one of the most important and influential, soulful and successful bands in history. With their explosive 1978 debut, they changed the face of rock. As of 2005, they have earned a dozen consecutive multi-Platinum albums with sales reaching in excess of 75 million copies worldwide. Pound for pound, they also happen to be one of the most devastating live bands in history. With thirteen tours and more than 1,300 gigs under their belt, they consistently packed sheds from L.A. to Tokyo. The cast of characters is legendary. "Diamond" David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone - three very dynamic but very different frontmen. Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony - one of the most powerful and consistent rhythm sections in rock. Edward Van Halen - the only rock guitarist in history other than the great Jimi Hendrix to reinvent the electric guitar. "I liked what I read a lot. This book is a labor of love and all true VH fans will love it."-Alan Paul, Guitar World Van Halen 101 is a comprehensive guide to the amazing history, music, impact, and influence of the Mighty VH. No hype, no b.s., just the facts. Includes a Foreword by Brian May and a tribute to Edward Van Halen by over 100 of the world's greatest musicians! From Allan Holdsworth and Steve Vai to James Hetfield and Zakk Wylde, all the greats came forward to personally share their thoughts, memories and stories about the man simply known as "King Edward."
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