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Book review: RED by SAMMY HAGAR

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

It Books (Harper Collins), 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

Sammy Hagar should need no introduction to most rock and metal fans. His first ever album, recorded with Montrose in 1973, through a slew of solo albums, a high profile stint with Van Halen, and on to more solo work, albums and tours with his party band The Mescaleros and “supergroup” Chickenfoot.

What you may not know is that Hagar is an astute businessman as well as a loving family man. He tells the story of his early years as a boxer, as a driven and determined artist who couldn’t get a break, through to worldwide fame, creating the Cabo Wabo cantina brand in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and taking their brand of tequila to an $80 million empire.

Most surprising, however, is the bitterness Hagar still holds for the brothers Van Halen. Granted the way he describes his ousting from the band is brutal, but the resentment seems at odds with his easy going, party dude persona.

Regardless, RED is another interesting read, made so as much by Hagar’s charismatic personality – which fairly leaps off the page – as it is due to his unique story.

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