(Isn’t it cool that the cover features two members of the band not with the last name Van Halen!)
Martin Popoff needs no introduction if you’re a follower of this Blog. Martin in my estimation is one if not the best writer in terms of books featured on bands that don’t release their own stories that we as music fans would like to read about.
Case in point. Martin in the last couple of years has written two book by bands that I always dug but had little press on them back in the day. Sure Accept(Metal Heart:Aiming High With Accept) had stories plugging their new releases back in the mid to late 80’s but compared to other acts at the time Accept in North America had very little articles written about them. Riot(Swords and Tequila; Riots First Decade) had even less written about them so when Martin released the Riot book it was finally great to read about a band that I really dug but had no idea about as Martin pieced the Riot story together with interviews with band members and it gave great detail on the Riot story especially the late 70’s/early 80’s.
Accept as well. Really didn’t know that much about them so it was interesting to find out who Deaffy really was!
One band that myself and a lot of us know about is Van Halen and Martin has once again outdid himself telling the tale of good ol California debauchery of Van Halen over 300 pages!
Basically here’s a summary of the book from Martin’s site on Unchained: A Van Halen User Manual:
It’s a great read. Martin in the Introduction of the book calls the Halen book “a grab bag of trivia” Tons of info stuff I didn’t even know about like the opening interview with Mark Kelley who gives a great Q&A with Martin in regards to the early beginnings of Halen.
See the thing is Martin pieces together these books through his own interviews mostly and credits others when needed. No made up Bullshit in his books I can tell ya that much.
All the era’s of Van Halen/Van Hagar/Van Cherone are discussed in their entirety. Album by Album. Song by Song. Even Roth’s solo albums are dissected especially ‘Eat Em And Smile’ and ‘Skyscraper‘.
This book once you pick up you cannot put back down its seriously that good! For instance a few weeks back I was out for a few beers with my buddy Tbone (huge Halen fan as well) and told him about this book. Tbone ordered the book from Martins site right there on the spot in between gulps of Beer!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to support independent writers like Martin who take the time to tell the story of a favourite band if that band doesn’t choose not to do It themselves.
Speaking of Support here’s a link below if your interested ordering this book or the other 75 or so Hard Rock Books Martin has written.. Check it out!