• Unchained

  • The Eddie Van Halen Story
  • By: Paul Brannigan
  • Narrated by: Mike Lenz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Arriving in California as a young boy in the early 1960s, Edward Van Halen and his brother, Alex, were ripe for the coming musical revolution. The sons of a Dutch, saxophone-playing father, the brothers discovered The Beatles, Cream, and other icons as they bound together as musical partners, forming identities for themselves in their adopted home along the way.

From the moment their hugely influential 1978 debut landed, Van Halen set a high bar for the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, creating an entirely new style of post-'60s hard rock and becoming the quintessential rock band of the 1980s. But the high-flying success was fraught with difficulty, as Eddie struggled with alcohol and drug addiction while simultaneously battling David Lee Roth over the musical direction of the band, eventually taking the band in an entirely new direction with Sammy Hagar and scaling new heights, before that iteration of Van Halen disintegrated.

Acclaimed biographer Paul Brannigan tackles the dramatic story with respect and affection for one of rock's greatest musicians, pairing original interviews with meticulous research to bring the story of Eddie Van Halen completely up-to-date. Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story is a remarkable account of determination, genius, and single-minded commitment to the music.

©2021 Paul Brannigan (P)2021 Tantor

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Please don't read other audible books

The informative aspect was fine. Mike Lenz the narrator should possibly not read other books. Im sure he's a nice guy but...the way he says a date like...two December or fourteen February drove me nuts!! His monotone voice just made it hard to listen to. Just being honest not trying to be mean.

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Great listen for an EVH fan!

I am a huge VH fan....both with Dave and Sammy. I really enjoyed the book. To be honest, some parts were sad and upsetting. I know all to well unfortunately, about living with an alcoholic. Got to give it to Valerie, she hung in there as long as she could. I saw Wolfgang in concert this past June, and he was awesome! His dad would be so proud!

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Great story, narration could have been better

Another great book by Paul Brannigan, one of rock and metal’s best music journalists and authors. The narration by Mike Lenz lacked the dynamics and enthusiasm of my favorite Paul Brannigan book: Birth, School, Metallica, Death which is read by Ray Porter.

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WOW. GREAT

what a wonderful interesting story from Start to finish definably a great purchase Learned so much about Eddie