My new Van Halen history blog

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June 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm Quote #27283

ffoner
(1047)

Hi guys,

I’ve been around this place since about 1997 8-O and as part of my day job as a writer and a historian have started a Van Halen blog dedicated to the band’s early days, which is located here: http://vanhalenrising.tumblr.com/.

Some of you also know that for the past five years I’ve been working on a comprehensive narrative history of VH’s beginnings through the end of 1978, which is in progress at this moment. This blog will serve as the web-home for the book once it hits booksellers, which should happen within the next two years.

So stop by when you get chance and if you’re on Tumblr or Twitter, follow me. I will follow you back!

Cheers. :lol:


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June 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm Quote #27290

mcs5150
(1085)

If the book will be anything like what you have written on the blog I will not be buying it :lol:

Seriously, the project looks very promising and I look forward to buying the finished product.


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June 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm Quote #27291

Dave
(1953)

Looks promising! I for one will be buying it once completed. Thanks for sharing & good luck!


Stay Frosty


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June 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm Quote #27301

ffoner
(1047)

mcs5150: If the book will be anything like what you have written on the blog I will not be buying it :lol:

Seriously,the project looks very promising and I look forward to buying the finished product.

MC – appreciate it!


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June 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm Quote #27302

ffoner
(1047)

Dave: Looks promising! I for one will be buying it once completed. Thanks for sharing & good luck!

Thanks Dave!


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June 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm Quote #27306

mrmojohalen
(5454)

Looks great !
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When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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June 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm Quote #27310

ffoner
(1047)

mrmojohalen: Looks great !  photo thumb.gif

mrmojohalen: Looks great !  photo thumb.gif

Thanks Mr. Mojo!


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June 29, 2013 at 11:59 am Quote #27320

Wes
(6117)

Always fascinating to read about the early days of Van Halen.

Looks great, and keep us updated ffoner! :wink:



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June 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm Quote #27322

ekru
(278)

Looking good, Mr. Ffoner!! The roots of VH are most fascinating to me, as I’ve read/heard all the rest so many times since 1978. Mostly, i just love the MUSIC + my memories are rich.

The rare pix + video from The Strip are such great illustrations and make your blog unique, give it context/depth. I thought I had seen it all. Truly intelligent and well-written, too (though, I’d expect nothing less from you).

We all look forward to more, ffoner. Thanks for sharing your work-in-progress with us.


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June 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm Quote #27323

dokkendude
(3018)

Looks great! Will look you up on twitter



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June 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm Quote #27327

Mink
(2613)

Wow, I’m really looking forward to this! The picture of Alex is great. That is the one thing missing with Van Halen, a really good retrospective. Thanks for your efforts.



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June 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm Quote #27342

thismusicsux
(523)

Looks sweet. Some good rare pics and info


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June 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm Quote #27345

ks34vh
(2119)

Cant wait to see more!


Laughing at the Days Garbage Through Loud Volume, This is “Laughing At Reality”..

VHT Member since 2001


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June 30, 2013 at 7:57 am Quote #27361

evhua
(1515)

Awesome !!! I’m in !!!


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June 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm Quote #27407

ffoner
(1047)

Thanks Gents!
The book will cover the period from the late 60s through the end of 1978 when the band had broken through. I’ve had the good fortune to speak to over 200 men and women who saw the band in the early days, and I’ve also gotten to interview a number of band insiders – names you’d all recognize.
Here’s a bit of a sample, albeit shortened a bit for the web, regarding Gazzarri’s and the jump to the Starwood:
http://tmblr.co/Zcnhauob82I4
Enjoy and feel free to comment using FB or what have you. If there are topics you’d like to see discussed, ask me and i’ll work on putting up an entry on that topic.

And please spread the word about the blog to other fans. I decided to take on this project because I think we all crave stories about the band’s early days and got tired of reading vague descriptions of backyard parties and gigs at the Whisky. The truth is only better than the legends, by the way, because there’s a lot more detail in the truth.


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