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June 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm Quote #56632

thismusicsux
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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.

I had much higher hopes coming from Noel. it was way too negative in general i thought. like there isn’t any memory of the fun times… just highlighting the shit-show.

there were a few cool nuggets to be learned though


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June 18, 2017 at 9:11 am Quote #56634

JasonA
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thismusicsux: I had much higher hopes coming from Noel.it was way too negative in general i thought.like there isn’t any memory of the fun times… just highlighting the shit-show.

there were a few cool nuggets to be learned though

Agreed. It kinda glossed over everything, without going into much detail about anything. Almost the opposite of VH Rising, which was very carefully-researched and factual. Monk’s book gave some interesting perspective on how/why events unfolded the way they did, but I guess it wasn’t thorough enough. If a casual reader picked it up, without knowing the full history of the band to begin with, I’m not sure they would get it.

But if you’ve read DLR’s autobiography, Crazy From the Heat, you’ll recognize that several of the best stories in Monk’s book were already told in a way more more interesting fashion by DLR. And in each book, DLR and Noel Monk each claim to have come up with the idea for the brown M&Ms contract rider, the paternity insurance, etc.

Runnin’ With The Devil is definitely an essential read for hardcore fans of VH, but just understand it is not a thorough history of the band, and it is written from the perspective of someone who obviously had an axe to grind from his experience of having been screwed over by the band when he was let go in 1985.


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June 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm Quote #56644

ron
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http://ultimateclassicrock.com/noel-monk-van-halen-book-interview/

Former Manager Noel E. Monk Uncovers the Truth Behind All Those Van Halen Rumors: Exclusive Interview
By Michael Christopher June 19, 2017 3:17 PM

In the new book Runnin’ With the Devil, Noel E. Monk chronicles his years as Van Halen’s manager from 1979 to 1985, after serving as their road manager in 1978. Those seven years were the Southern California party band’s most decadent and notoriously period, when they traversed the globe with the Party ’til You Die and Hide your Sheep tours.

Monk has no shortage of stories about the youthful exploits of David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony. Having previously detailed his shambolic time with Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious in 1990′s 12 Days in the Road: The Sex Pistols in America, the industry veteran has been asked for years about doing a book about his time with Van Halen.

Now in his seventies and living in Colorado, Monk collected his thoughts on the highs and lows that defined his time as a general in the VH Army, including a messy end where he was fired shortly before Roth split. Monk shares some stories, and uncovers the truth behind many of those rumors, in an exclusive interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

[click the link to read more]


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June 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm Quote #56645

ks34vh
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Thanks for everyones 2 cents, I ordered mine today..


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

VHT Member since 2001


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June 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm Quote #56649

PT5150
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BVinr80DHJa/

davidleerothIn anticipation of inevitable inquiries & questions posed to David Lee Roth in regard to the publication of this “book”. Mr. Roth’s responses are as follows:

Answer No. 1: Yes
Answer No. 2: Probably
Answer No. 3: My lawyer says I can’t remember.
Final response: What a long great trip it’s been, stay frosty.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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June 20, 2017 at 10:35 am Quote #56653

ron
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PT5150: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVinr80DHJa/

Wow, first post in 8 months! Hope it’s a great album!


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June 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm Quote #56654

muroh73
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Finished the book today. I can say I liked it but didn’t love it. I think I expected more out of it.


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June 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm Quote #56656

ron
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4600892/Inside-drug-ridden-sex-crazed-world-Van-Halen.html

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the drug-addled, sex-crazed world of Van Halen: How sitcom star Valerie Bertinelli fell in love with Eddie Van Halen from an album cover and cried as she held her drunk groom’s head over a toilet bowl after their wedding

Manager Noel Monk reveals the lurid details of Van Halen, one of the most popular bands of the era in his new book Runnin’ with the Devil
He tells how Eddie Van Halen met 20-year-old Valerie Bertinelli
On their wedding day, Bertinelli held Eddie’s hair back while he was vomiting. They were married for almost two decades
Van Halen attracted crazed groupies and suffered constant STD outbreaks
Drug and alcohol addiction was rampant, writes Monk
Alex Van Halen faced alcoholism to the extent that at one point he hallucinated that there were ‘giant penises’ coming out of the wall
The band ultimately collapsed in 1985 because of clashing egos and drug and alcohol addictions

By Caroline Howe For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:17 EDT, 20 June 2017 | Updated: 17:17 EDT, 20 June 2017

[click the link to read more]


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June 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm Quote #56728

ron
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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/books/review/backstage-with-van-halen.html

Backstage With Van Halen
By JOHN WILLIAMS
JUNE 29, 2017


Credit Joon Mo Kang

There are arguments about how many basic plot structures are available in literature, but in books about rock bands there seems to be just one: A scrappy group of hyperactive man-children get together, blow the roofs off bars and then arenas, ingest enough toxic chemicals to qualify as a Superfund site, enact all of their teenage sexual fantasies, argue over money and musical direction, explode and vanish.

[click the link to read more]


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July 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm Quote #56735

King Edward
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Just got my copy yesterday – gonna give it a read and report back……


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July 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm Quote #56740

voodoo
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I read the book this past weekend (thanks to Ron Pio!) and I thought it was a good alternate view of the original band’s rise and fall than all of the “They were the greatest, most fun, most amazing band ever!” story. You also have to remember, based on the book, the band (presumably led by Alex) pretty much put the screws to Noel and basically put a gag order of sorts on him from telling his story for all of these years. So, he’s had this stuff festering for decades. I thought he did a good job of telling the story from HIS perspective and I’m sure it would have been a totally different book had he been able to write it in 1985-1986.


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July 5, 2017 at 10:59 pm Quote #56741

ron
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http://www.themaineedge.com/buzz/music/runnin-with-the-devil-…-and-with-van-halen

posted by Mike Dow
edge staff writer
‘Runnin’ with the Devil’ … and with Van Halen
July 5, 2017

Band’s former manager reveals all in shocking new book

As road manager for Van Halen during their first national tour in 1978, Noel E. Monk proved to the guys, and to Warner Bros. Records, that he had what it took to lead the fledgling Pasadena-based band to the top. Beginning in 1979, Monk became their full-time manager, an all-encompassing, life-altering position which consumed him for the next six years.

As Monk reveals in a new book, being the manager of one of the most unmanageable bands of all time provided him a front-row seat for rock’s wildest ride.

Formerly a stage manager at the 1969 Woodstock festival and later Bill Graham’s right-hand man at the Fillmore East in New York City, he was also tour manager for The Sex Pistol’s only U.S. tour. Monk shepherded Van Halen from regional popularity to eventual global domination.

For the first time, the unadulterated true story of Van Halen has been told from an insider in Monk’s new book “Runnin’ With the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen” (HarperCollins), co-authored with Joe Layden. It’s one of the most fascinating and fast-paced rock reads of recent memory.

From Van Halen’s fledgling early days when they would play backyard barbecues for extra exposure to the drug-fueled debauchery and greed which triggered the end of the band as we knew them, Monk’s book brings the story of Edward and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony into focus, with shocking details that have never been shared before.

Noel E. Monk checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about his new book.

[click the link to read more]


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July 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm Quote #56761

wjamflan
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Noel Monk’s Runnin’ With The Devil promises to be two things: a backstage pass to wild times; and the truth behind the making of Van Halen. Most who have commented have focused Monk’s failure to actually bring anything substantially new to the former. I agree. It is a run of the mill re-hashing of many stories we’ve heard before. The latter promise is far more interesting.

Why?

Because Noel spends the entire book trying to illustrate how he was the fifth member of Van Halen, and, by the way, the most important. He was the confidant, fixer, and promoter; he alone helped the band “grow from club performing novices to hardened veterans who sold out stadiums”; he got them out of their first contract; he was responsible for their merchandising; etc.

In the end, two things are clear: his ego now allows him to wax nostalgic about a band he feels he was an integral part of, and he despises all involved but Michael Anthony. Don’t waste your time or money. This is no follow up to Van Halen Rising. This is a hatchet job that should be re-titled, Grindin’ the Axe.


“This hamburger don’t need no helper.” – DLR 5/17/15


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July 8, 2017 at 11:36 pm Quote #56767

thismusicsux
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wjamflan: Noel Monk’s Runnin’ With The Devil promises to be two things: a backstage pass to wild times; and the truth behind the making of Van Halen. Most who have commented have focused Monk’s failure to actually bring anything substantially new to the former. I agree. It is a run of the mill re-hashing of many stories we’ve heard before. The latter promise is far more interesting.

Why?

Because Noel spends the entire book trying to illustrate how he was the fifth member of Van Halen, and, by the way, the most important. He was the confidant, fixer, and promoter; he alone helped the band “grow from club performing novices to hardened veterans who sold out stadiums”; he got them out of their first contract; he was responsible for their merchandising; etc.

In the end, two things are clear: his ego now allows him to wax nostalgic about a band he feels he was an integral part of, and he despises all involved but Michael Anthony. Don’t waste your time or money. This is no follow up to Van Halen Rising. This is a hatchet job that should be re-titled, Grindin’ the Axe.

^ sounds about right


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July 9, 2017 at 8:37 am Quote #56768

wjamflan
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thismusicsux: ^ sounds about right

Thanks. I could have written a book about what I thought about Monk after reading this book. Suffice it to say, I thought I should keep it short and sweet so anyone contemplating buying it would know what they are actually getting.


“This hamburger don’t need no helper.” – DLR 5/17/15


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