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 which 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.
Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs from Monk’s vaults, Runnin’ with the Devil is manna from rock heaven no Van Halen fan can miss.
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About the Author
Noel Monk helped stage-manage Woodstock, served as Bill Graham’s right-hand man at the legendary Fillmore East, and worked with rock musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and the Sex Pistols. He is also the author of 12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America, and he lives in Colorado.
An award-winning journalist and bestselling author, Joe Layden has written more than thirty books, including The Last Great Fight, which was named one of the best sports books of 2007 by Sports Illustrated and the American Library Association. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers There and Back Again and The Rock Says. . . . He lives in upstate New York.
Table of Contents
Prologue: 1982 1
1 We Got Them for a Steal 11
2 Van Halen Unleashed 27
3 The Road Life 47
4 M&Ms and Guacamole 63
5 There's No Place Like Home 85
6 How Do You Lose a Rock Star? (You Get Him Really High-the Rest Takes Care of Itself) 97
7 How Van Halen's Hard Work and High Times Were Chronicled 121
8 Dumpster Divin' & Chart Climbin' 139
9 Where the Hell Is Van Halen? 155
10 The Bootleg Wars 171
11 The Girl Next Door 187
12 Payola? I Hardly Know Her! 209
13 The Midas Touch 229
14 No Problems (Okay, Maybe a Few) 247
15 1984 267
16 Go Ask Alex 281
17 The Long Goodbye 309
18 The Writing on the Wall 323
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you love the original iteration of VH, then you will enjoy reading this book. Lots of great inside stories and anecdotes .
This is by far the best book EVER WRITTEN on Van Halen! If you want the dirt this is the book for you. Very easy to read and just so mind boggling! How can so much talent between all of them just disappear after the release of 1984. David Lee Roth has to go down as the biggest f### up in rock history. Eddie is no saint himself. Do yourself a favor and read the book you won't be disappointed. Oh how I miss eighties rock!
If you consider yourself a Van Halen fan, do yourself a favor and read this book. It might change your opinion of some of the band members but it will answer some questions that you might have had. Make no mistake, it is a raw and gritty story but it is so immersive that you will find it a good read.