Red : My Uncensored Life in Rock, Hardback
4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Sammy Hagar-legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music's most notoriously successful performers-tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts.

From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between-the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation-Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories.

Red is a life-changing look at one of music's biggest talents-an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock's next number one star.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Colour Insert
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780062009289



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RED offers a great insight into one of the greatest rock artists of the past four decades. Sammy is honest and open about his past, his rise to fame as the Red Rocker and his joining and leaving VanHalen - arguably the most controversial part of the book. He also goes into detail about other aspects of his life making this a real autobiography and not just a book about the bands that he's been a part of. I'm a big fan of Sammy's music - especially Sammy and the Wabos. This book confirmed my suspicion that their music was the genuine feel-good jams that I perceived them to be. Keep rockin' Sammy!

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Published comtemporaneuously with "Life" (by Keith Richards), and with several mentions to him, this book falls well short by comparison. Very little self revelation and well ocverdone on the mudslinging at the Van Halen brothers. Maybe the deserve it, but always helpful to have some introspection.  Worse forgettable line - "I could be a billionaire". If it were only that easy.

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I really enjoyed this book, Sammy Hagar rose to fame doing what he loves and not taking short cuts. He was an honest player in Van Halen and deserves the credit for most of the work.

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I have always loved Sammy and his music and now after reading this book I love him even more and the Van Halen brothers...well I knew they were messed up, but wow they took it to the extreme. By reading Red I discovered a lot of things I did not know about Sammy. A very honest bio of his life, he told the good and the bad. I think he is an awesome artist that has stood the test of time and continues to bring us new and fantastic music. He is down to earth and a all around great guy. I have never had the chance to see him live until now! He is bringing his "Four Decades of Rock" tour to my area this summer and I bought my tickets today. I know it will be amazing to see him live! This "Redhead" can't wait to rock with Sammy!

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I love The Red Rocker, Sammy! I had no blue he lived such a rough childhood. But then that makes for great music! Plus an even better book!<br/><br/>Sammy Hagar lived a rough life. Alcoholic and abusive father. A mom who tried to shelter him. Grandparents he loved. Then came the guitar and music. <br/><br/>He struggled with being poor. Actually poor is an understatement. He always knew he had it in him to be a musician. Just getting #1 was no cake walk. <br/><br/>With his own band he had to find his signature sound. Then came a chance of a lifetime. Van Halen. Fronting them was good and bad. He had to play babysitter, manage his career, keep his marriage and rock like a God.<br/><br/>I was impressed with how he has overcame adversities. He should go down in history as one of the greatest, best voices singers of all time. Great book!

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