It’s bittersweet given that this was going to print just as we lost Eddie, but
we were able to stop the presses and add
one last sad coda. So I feel like the Grim Reaper with these damn books, but
yes, Van Halen: A Visual Biography is
available for signing and shipping.
Pretty as hell, like the very similar BÖC and Lizzy, but be warned: this is
Let me explain:
- UK publisher
- Printed in Turkey
- Shipping now from Toronto (a lot of shipping cost already incurred)
- Hard cover, full colour throughout, 3.42 pounds—or 1.55 kilograms—of
hard-partying Van Wailin’ visuals.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
What do you get?
Well, it’s a 19,581-word exquisitely detailed timeline of the band’s career,
along with decade introductions and intro
quotes. But the main point, of course, is the visual presentation. This is a
hard cover book on thick 100 lb. gloss
stock, clocking in at 224 pages. There are approximately 400 images, more than
half of those being live shots from five
decades of tap ‘n’ shred guitar, the rest being rare memorabilia, magazine
ads, 45 sleeves, promo items, ticket stubs,
passes… you name it, with Sam solo and Dave solo covered as well, the first
time in a Van Halen coffee table book.
As the back cover sez: Once past the unfortunate fact that Van Halen didn’t
have the greatest album covers in the world,
millions of fans around the world would attest that this is a band eminently
deserving of a Wymer Visual Biography. From
the single sleeves through the passes, posters and promo items and of course,
most especially Dave, Ed, Mikey and Al
themselves (and Sam, Gary and Wolfgang!), Van Halen was an explosion of colour
and action, resulting in a feast for the
eyes within the pages of this sumptuously appointed book you now hold in your
As one celebrates this legendary band in karate-kicking action, from the
mid-‘70s all the way up until the last tour in
2015 and many solo points and projects in-between, provided for your reading
pleasure is one of Martin Popoff’s
celebrated detailed timelines, stuffed with trivia that swiftly moves us
through 40 years of massive rock history from
one of the storied greats of the genre.
“Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,”
“Unchained,” “Jump,” “Panama,” “Hot for
Teacher,” “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Finish What Ya Started,” “Right Now”…
these are some of the biggest anthems of all
time, and accompanying the tunes is the narrative of two opposing lead
singers, Diamond David Lee Roth and Sammy “Red
Rocker” Hagar, both of whom are also represented in detail vis-à-vis their
solo careers amongst the celebration of the
core band at hand.
The end result is a beach-balling an’ sun-tanned symphony of words and
pictures, indeed a book that differs from
previous Van Halen photography projects through the inclusion of so much rare
memorabilia, side ephemera and otherwise
nifty pictures of paper goods perking up each page as one basks in what this
band managed to accomplish over four
decades of white-knuckle rock on the edge.
This book is completely sold out!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions, and see
www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my
other available 30 or so books.