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  • 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
  • By: Noel Monk, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Runnin' with the Devil

By: Noel Monk, Joe Layden
Narrated by: Fred Berman
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Summary

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 music.

Van Halen's rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world had ever seen - their mythos an epic party, a sweaty, sexy, never-ending rock extravaganza. During this unparalleled run of success, debauchery, and drama, no one was closer to the band than Noel Monk. A man who'd worked with some of rock's biggest and most notorious names, Monk spent seven years with Van Halen, serving first as their tour manger, then as their personal manager until 1985, when both he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, backstabbing, and disappointment consumed the band.

Throughout Van Halen's meteoric rise and abrupt halt, this confidant, fixer, friend, and promoter saw it all and lived to tell. Now, for the first time, he shares the most outrageous escapades - from their coming of age to their most shocking behavior on the road; from Eddie's courtship and high-profile wedding to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use that would ultimately lead to everyone's demise. Sharing never-before-told stories, Monk paints a compelling portrait of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship, and naiveté that shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time - and made him and his brother vulnerable to the trappings and failings of fame.

Runnin' with the Devil is manna from rock heaven no Van Halen fan can miss.

©2017 Noel Monk (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Rock and Roll

Great tale, well told.
Can’t help but feel that the writer was a little bitter as his exit.

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Engrossed

Wow what a great true story, the albums suddenly sound a whole lot better! fantastic insight to life on the road of rock stardom..i am a musician myself and can relate! i was hanging on to every word! The manager seems a great guy but its only his side of the story!

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fantastic band . Good book.

You can see the band changing and understand why the album's you listened to were so diverse and and the reasons they were. Funny, interesting and informative. Well read and although a little sad it answered a lot of questions regarding the problems that took over and became the end of a GREAT band.

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The Truth is (now) Out There

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrative certainly explains an awful lot about how and why the music evolved and devolved - from VH1 to Women & Children First (in my view one of the best albums). How it grunged with Fair Warning then imploded into the disgrace that was Diver Down. Finally exploding and burning up with 1984.

If you like Van Halen - but have many unanswered questions about why such a truly unbelievable band disintergrated in such a few short years - then this book is for you.

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Honest and Heartfelt.....

I can well imagine All of the things mentioned happening tthroughout.....Well written, read and entertaining...I enjoyed this audiobook.

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Great audiobook, and great performance

Overall I personally like rock bands rockstars biographies, if you like van halen this is a must, this is another version of the story from a third point of view from management but nevertheless very important, I couldn’t stop listening, definitely you will be hooked.

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Excellent

Awesome listen … great inside story to what really happened … can only recommend from start to finish

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A great insight behind the band

Very good book about Van Halen from the managers point of view . Excellently narrated by Noel Monk making it easy to enjoy

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A gripping listen for any Van Halen fan

I don't know how accurate this biography is but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it! Great story, brilliantly written and narrated! I listened to it over 2 days.

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Fantastic backstage look at Van Halen .

Loved it, was an eye opener, although I've lost respect for the members of Van Halen. Still a great book with lots of amusing stories.

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