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June 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm Quote #56590

mrmojohalen
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ron: Copies should be arriving in peoples hands soon.Looking forward to this book.I’ve got multiple copies on the way, first set to arrive tomorrow!

Looking forward to receiving my copy from you soon ! :mrgreen:


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June 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm Quote #56591

steecoe
(1953)

I ordered the audio CD & it says it should be here sunday!!


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June 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm Quote #56592

unchainedheart
(1308)

I’m on it right now and I am devouring it rawwww!!!


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June 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm Quote #56601

ron
(8943)

steecoe: I ordered the audio CD & it says it should be here sunday!!

9 Discs! Yowza


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June 12, 2017 at 9:58 pm Quote #56602

steecoe
(1953)

ron: 9 Discs!Yowza

Yes, since it was unabridged I decided to get it, I know it’d take me 9 years to get through a book, but I can listen whilst I do other things. So far I’m up to the part where Noel is there for the meeting that VH is late for because of the broken down car…Hopefully I’ll get further tonight :)


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June 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm Quote #56603

steecoe
(1953)

ron: 9 Discs!Yowza

& it was fun ripping 247 tracks to my iphone lol


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June 13, 2017 at 7:59 am Quote #56604

ron
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June 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm Quote #56605

ron
(8943)

http://www.immusicmag.com/2017/06/book-review-noel-e-monk-w-joe-layden-runnin-with-the-devil/

Book Review ~ Noel E. Monk w/ Joe Layden ~ Runnin’ With The Devil
June 12, 2017 jpdeuce73

“The manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and the legendary band that changed rock.”

With an intro like that, I will admit that I was very excited and anxious to get my hands on a copy of Runnin’ With The Devil from Noel E. Monk with Joe Layden. Monk was Van Halen’s manager from 1978 — 1985, so I couldn’t wait to read all of the dirt on the guys from the man who was there by their side to witness it all. What I got was a book full of the usual sex, drugs and roll and roll that usually goes along with just about every band throughout the history of rock and roll.

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June 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm Quote #56610

ron
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http://www.laweekly.com/music/former-van-halen-manager-noel-e-monks-new-book-describes-life-with-the-band-8316250

What Was It Like to Spend Months on the Road With Van Halen?
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:14 a.m.
By Matt Wake

In less than a year, Van Halen went from making $750 a show while touring as support for bands like Journey and Black Sabbath to a $75,000 payday co-headlining the California World Music Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Former Van Halen manager Noel E. Monk writes about this steep ascension in his new book, Runnin’ With the Devil. Although Monk hadn’t heard a note of Van Halen’s music when he agreed to come on board in 1978, initially as a tour manager, it soon became apparent to him that the band was special. And Monk had been around special before. He’d helped stage-manage Woodstock, was San Francisco concert impresario Bill Graham’s right-hand man, befriended artists including Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead, worked with The Rolling Stones, and had most recently been tour manager for The Sex Pistols. He chronicled his time with the latter punk legends in his 1990 book, 12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America.

In Runnin’ With the Devil — co-written with Joe Layden and published June 13 by Dey St. — Monk tells with a raconteur’s tone the kind of juicy stories (ketchup-fetish groupies, booze- and coke-fueled hotel-trashing, ridiculous rock-star requests) that fans want to read. He also has plenty of more soulful memories about a young, hungry Van Halen seeing the world for the first time — and of singer/sexpot David Lee Roth, guitar genius Eddie Van Halen, bassist/nice guy Michael Anthony and drummer/hell-raiser Alex Van Halen beginning to realize their collective musical powers.

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June 15, 2017 at 8:59 am Quote #56611

Mark
(175)

I’m reading it now and I’m glad I didn’t blow money on this book. It’s a pretty boring read.


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June 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm Quote #56612

ron
(8943)

http://www.houstonpress.com/music/vans-man-spills-the-beans-9517200

The Van Halen Book You’ve Been Waiting For
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5 a.m.
By Bob Ruggiero

Early in his career as an employee for a new band called Van Halen, Noel Monk walked into a dressing room to see members of the group in various states of undress pouring bottles of condiments on two writhing and very into-it ladies known in groupie circles as “The Ketchup Queens.”

During his seven years with the Southern California rockers, initially as road manager and then manager, from 1978 through ’85, this incident is telling in that it’s only one of many, many such bizarre scenes Monk would witness with the band. His memoir — brutally honest and at sometimes shocking — is finally out, now that whatever statute of limitations after the band fired him has expired. Van Halen fans will be discussing and debating it with the same attention to detail as Eddie’s finger-tapping work on “Eruption.”

Monk’s assessments of each member of Van Halen, steady throughout the book and from their earliest gigs before their debut came out to the world-domination of the 1984 album, run thusly:

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June 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm Quote #56615

Dave
(1946)

Please follow this link to hear our exclusive interview with Noel Monk!

http://www.vhtrading.com/topic/vh-fans-launch-podcast/page/3/#post-56614

~Dave


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June 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm Quote #56623

ron
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http://people.com/music/eddie-van-halen-valerie-bertinelli-early-days-brown-mms-new-book/

Music
When Eddie Van Halen Met Valerie Bertinelli: Book Explores Their Early Days–and Explains the Band’s Famous M&Ms Legend
By Jordan Runtagh-@jordanruntagh
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 3:00pm EDT

Fans were surprised when Eddie Van Halen, the hard-partying guitar virtuoso of the rock titans Van Halen, began dating the demure Valerie Bertinelli, who had become America’s sweetheart with her starring role on the TV sitcom One Day at a Time. But perhaps none were more taken aback than Noel Monk, the band’s manager and friend. In his wild new memoir, Runnin’ with the Devil, Monk recalls how the famous couple first met–and some of the problems that arose on the way to the altar.

According to Monk, Bertinelli, then just a teenager, first developed a crush on the guitarist while gazing at a copy of her brother’s Van Halen album, Women and Children First. “While her brother might have been a fan of the band’s music, Valerie was drawn more to the angular cheekbones and long hair of one of the young men depicted on the album’s back cover…it was Eddie Van Halen who caught the young starlet’s attention.”

They first met in person during the band’s performance in her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, in August, 1980. Bertinelli told the show’s promoter that she wanted to get backstage and say a quick hello to the band (“I guess she’s got a little crush on Edward,” the promoter explained to Monk.) Following the set, Monk told Eddie that he had a special fan waiting.

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June 17, 2017 at 10:05 am Quote #56627

JasonA
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I just finished reading this yesterday. I have mixed feelings about it. I’d be curious to know other fans’ opinions of the book.


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June 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm Quote #56630

KISSMAD
(422)

JasonA: I just finished reading this yesterday. I have mixed feelings about it. I’d be curious to know other fans’ opinions of the book.

How does it compare with Van Halen Rising?


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