Book by Eddie Van Halen to cover hours of “intimate and wide-ranging discussions”
Ahead of the first anniversary of the death of rock legend Eddie Van Halen, the Hachette publishing house announced that Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen will be released next month.
The book features intimate interviews with Eddie which have been mostly recorded on location at Van Halen’s 5150 Studios over the years and collected by music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill.
According to Hachette, Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen, “Highlights his greatest triumphs as a revolutionary musician, including an unprecedented dive into Van Halen’s masterpiece 1984. It takes an unwavering look at Eddie’s early struggles as a young Dutch immigrant unable to speak English, which resulted in ongoing problems with social anxiety and drug addiction.
“He also examines his genius as an inventor who changed the face of guitar making, as well as his eventful marriage to Valerie Bertinelli and his relationships with bandmates David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.”
âOur goal was to tell the story of Ed’s entire life through his own words,â says Chris Gill.
“We wanted to do this in an entertaining and informative way for the general music fanatic while digging deeper into Ed’s contributions as a guitarist, songwriter and musical instrument innovator, as well as one of the greatest guitarists. and 20th century musicians. “
Van Halen’s death rocked the rock world in October of last year, leading to many notable tributes. At the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 induction ceremony, he was honored by fellow guitar greats, Slash, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
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âEddie Van Halen was the Mozart of our generation,â Morello said at the time. âHe had the kind of talent that comes back maybe once in a century. “
Van Halen is survived by his wife Janie Liszewski and Wolfgang.
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