Van Halen’s rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world had ever seen—their mythos an epic party, a sweaty, sexy, never-ending rock extravaganza. During this unparalleled run of success, debauchery, and drama, no one was closer to the band than Noel Monk. A man who’d worked with some of rock’s biggest and most notorious names, Monk spent seven years with Van Halen, serving first as their tour manger then as their personal manager until 1985, when both he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, backstabbing, and disappointment consumed the band.
Throughout Van Halen’s meteoric rise and abrupt halt, this confidant, fixer, friend, and promoter saw it all and lived to tell. Now, for the first time, he shares the most outrageous escapades—from their coming of age to their most shocking behavior on the road; from Eddie’s courtship and high profile wedding to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use which would ultimately lead to everyone’s demise. Sharing never-before-told stories, Monk paints a compelling portrait of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship, and naiveté that shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time—and made him and his brother vulnerable to the trappings and failings of fame.
Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs from Monk’s vaults, Runnin’ with the Devil is manna from rock heaven no Van Halen fan can miss.
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About the Author
An award-winning journalist and bestselling author, Joe Layden has written more than thirty books, including The Last Great Fight, which was named one of the best sports books of 2007 by Sports Illustrated and the American Library Association. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers There and Back Again and The Rock Says. . . . He lives in upstate New York.
Table of Contents
Prologue: 1982 1
1 We Got Them for a Steal 11
2 Van Halen Unleashed 27
3 The Road Life 47
4 M&Ms and Guacamole 63
5 There's No Place Like Home 85
6 How Do You Lose a Rock Star? (You Get Him Really High-the Rest Takes Care of Itself) 97
7 How Van Halen's Hard Work and High Times Were Chronicled 121
8 Dumpster Divin' & Chart Climbin' 139
9 Where the Hell Is Van Halen? 155
10 The Bootleg Wars 171
11 The Girl Next Door 187
12 Payola? I Hardly Know Her! 209
13 The Midas Touch 229
14 No Problems (Okay, Maybe a Few) 247
15 1984 267
16 Go Ask Alex 281
17 The Long Goodbye 309
18 The Writing on the Wall 323