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July 8, 2016 at 8:27 am Quote #53743

ron
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Finished reading Van Halen Rising this week.

I didn’t read it in one sitting, but a few pages at a time over the course of months. I have to say that in the beginning, I felt the back yard party stories went on too long, but as I got further in the book, I found I wanted more, and was disappointed to come to the end. So many great stories!

I think the most important thing I took away from the book was Jim Pewsey’s status within the band. We all know the story of Mark Stone, and many of us knew there was a keyboard player too, but if Greg’s timeline is correct, Jim was in Van Halen at the start of the band. Thus I think various timelines (like Wikipedia) need to be updated to show his inclusion.

Bottom line, I really liked the book, and am hungry for much more!

Thanks Greg for all the hard work.


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July 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm Quote #53749

ffoner
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Thanks Ron for this! Glad you liked it … and of course deeply appreciate your work on vhboots.com….


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July 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm Quote #53750

mrmojohalen
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I love the backyard party stories. Sort of a ‘fly on the wall’ situation. 8)

Looking forward to the sequel : Tales from the Road 1978-1984

As told by the roadies, hotel workers, groupies & those that were there ! :mrgreen:


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


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July 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm Quote #53759

Revo11
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I can’t remember if I’ve chimed in on this yet but I really enjoyed the book Greg. Are there plans for future VH books from you? Sorry if this has already been asked and answered.


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July 10, 2016 at 7:31 am Quote #53774

MikeVH
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Just picked up VH Rising and headed for Saint John. Can’t wait to sit on the beach and read while having a nice cold beer.


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July 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm Quote #53787

ffoner
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Thanks for all of the kind words, all!


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July 11, 2016 at 4:11 pm Quote #53789

kaloway
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Now you’re in for it Greg:

Quick note, went out of town for a week, brought 30 cigars, 2 bottles of rum and VH Rising…..all were completed by end of week.

I am not a formal critic, but I know what I enjoy reading based on content and presentation by the author. For me, being a 44 year old who caught on to VH in 1984 and has been here ever since, VH Rising was an absolute treasure. A comprehensive collection that laid out the story of how the band was created, started to crawl, then walk, then sprint.
What I enjoyed most is the book did not read like a fan kissing the ass of the band. Everything was out there as is the celebrations and the shit, sometimes in the same paragraph. It gave a complete picture of everything the band went through to become who they are.

Greg, my sincere appreciation and congratulations on a job well done!
- Joe


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July 12, 2016 at 9:54 am Quote #53798

ffoner
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Hey Joe,

You know how to do the weekend right! Thanks for your kind words! :)

kaloway: Now you’re in for it Greg:

Quick note, went out of town for a week, brought 30 cigars, 2 bottles of rum and VH Rising…..all were completed by end of week.

I am not a formal critic, but I know what I enjoy reading based on content and presentation by the author.For me, being a 44 year old who caught on to VH in 1984 and has been here ever since, VH Rising was an absolute treasure.A comprehensive collection that laid out the story of how the band was created, started to crawl, then walk, then sprint. What I enjoyed most is the book did not read like a fan kissing the ass of the band.Everything was out there as is the celebrations and the shit, sometimes in the same paragraph.It gave a complete picture of everything the band went through to become who they are.

Greg, my sincere appreciation and congratulations on a job well done! – Joe


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December 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm Quote #55065

Gilligan
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I was doing a random re-read of the book this week and came across the part where DLR recorded a radio jingle for some clothing store he was working at. Forget the name now – “Something Britches” maybe?

Anyway, does a copy of that radio jingle exist anywhere?


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December 17, 2016 at 11:09 am Quote #55104

ffoner
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December 17, 2016 at 11:11 am Quote #55105

ffoner
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Roth worked at the Pasadena location.


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December 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm Quote #55109

Gilligan
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Oh, London Britches. I get it now… it didn’t click with me when I read the book! Regardless, I’m guessing the radio jingle is lost in history.


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December 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm Quote #55113

mrmojohalen
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ffoner: Roth worked at the Pasadena location.

Which one ?


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


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December 18, 2016 at 9:06 am Quote #55115

ffoner
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Roth worked at the Lake Ave. location.


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May 2, 2017 at 10:28 am Quote #56398

ron
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