New VH book out by Martin Poppoff

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October 12, 2018 at 10:19 pm Quote #59748

dand363
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October 13, 2018 at 8:53 am Quote #59749

ron
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Thanks for the heads up!


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October 13, 2018 at 1:33 pm Quote #59751

King Edward
(1820)

May wait for the reviews on this one……..


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October 15, 2018 at 10:56 am Quote #59758

ron
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Note, this book hasn’t been printed/published yet. Got an E-Mail from Martin saying it’s still about 6-7 weeks out. So maybe around Xmas time.


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October 15, 2018 at 11:00 am Quote #59759

ron
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Unchained: A Van Halen User Manual

In Unchained: A Van Halen User Manual, Martin Popoff emcees, drink foisted high, a kaleidoscopic celebration of Eddie, Alex, Mikey, Diamond Dave, Sammy and even Gary and Wolfgang.

Indeed, in the spirit of the title, Popoff unchains himself from typical bookish flow, creating a guide to make full-bodied mastery of one’s Van Halen catalogue, sending the user and abuser scurrying back to the songs, headphones on, looking for sonic nuggets likely missed the first hundred times passed during too light a repast.

And so, over the course of these pages, look for meditations swirling around the following:

- top 20 Alex moments
- top keyboard songs
- the album covers critiqued and ranked
- analysis through the words of the band members on each album
- Sammy very frankly on his relationship with the guys
- lengthy analysis of the US Festival
- Van Halen songs in movies and TV
- origins of the songs on A Different Kind of Truth
- covers by Van Halen in the club days as well as after the band’s signing
- Frankenstrat
- a history of tapping
- Alex’s kits over the years
- full timeline birth to the present
- 20 connections to Montrose
- top 20 covers of Van Halen
- history of Dave solo with Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan
- four-fold appendices presenting fan comments and poll results of songs, album, Eddie solos and most contentiously, Sam vs. Dave
- top 20 rarities
- sound effects and ear candy
- the Sam and Dave tour
- list of support acts
- top tribute acts
- the Hall of Fame fiasco
- a look at the band’s gold and platinum certifications.

All of this is handled through a symphony of recurring pull-boxes spanning the otherwise sturdy chapter-per-album framework, peppered as well by both black-and-white and colour images. To reiterate, the intention, once the manual’s been studied, is full mastery on the part of the listener of one’s personal Van Halen library. Time to love Van Halen all over again, and here’s the manual to get you there.

Prices including shipping:
US orders $36.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail) $41.00 US funds
Canadian orders $38.00 Cdn. funds


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November 3, 2018 at 1:59 pm Quote #59813

King Edward
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Anyone have this one yet. I think Im going to go for it!


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November 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm Quote #59814

ron
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Comes out in December.


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November 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm Quote #59823

ron
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Out of the blue, my copy arrived today. Wow!


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November 10, 2018 at 2:03 pm Quote #59835

dand363
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I just ordered my copy and I also have a copy of the VH photo book from Japan on order from the VHStore. Cool xmas gifts. Ron, did you have a peek at your Unchained book yet?


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November 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm Quote #59836

ron
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dand363: Ron, did you have a peek at your Unchained book yet?

Sure did. I’m enjoying the prologue, which is an interview with a guy that was present at shows in 1976&77, and even recorded a couple of early days shows.


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November 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm Quote #59837

mrmojohalen
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What is the size of the book ?
How many pages ?
Photos ?


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


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November 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm Quote #59838

ron
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What is the size of the book ? 6x9x1
How many pages ? 308
Photos ? yes


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November 11, 2018 at 11:59 am Quote #59839

King Edward
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What the…..assumed it was not coming out til December. I ordered mine on Nov. 6. Hoping it shows up soon.


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November 14, 2018 at 11:24 am Quote #59841

King Edward
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Received my copy this morning! Looks good- more on my thoughts once I get a chance to dig in over the coming weekend. Initial thoughts: looks good!!!


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