Runnin' With the Devil

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

Book - 2017
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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. Noel 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. Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs from Monk’s vaults.
Publisher: New York :, Dey Street Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062474100
Branch Call Number: 781.66 VAN
Characteristics: 342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Layden, Joseph 1959-- Author
Alternative Title: Running with the devil
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Van Halen's former manager reveals just how petty, mean, and glorious life was with the ultimate '80s party band. The sheer volume of women and white powder is nothing to be sneezed at. Intimate moments capture the toll fame takes. Two remain indelible. Steve Perry's reaction to having a bowl of ... Read More »


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Hadley
Sep 21, 2017

This is a surprisingly dull book, given its subject. Monk, Van Halen's manager in their heyday, provides the expected tales of debauchery, drug-taking, food fights and hotel-wrecking, but even for the casual fan, there's little that seems surprising or insightful. It's foolish to expect Pulitzer-caliber prose from a tell-all book, but the writing seems especially repetitive and full of cliches.

There's a strong whiff of payback hanging around this book. As Monk points out repeatedly, he was on a month-to-month contract that provided no security, and despite making the band millions in merchandising money, he got dumped as their manager in a cruel and unceremonious way. After 30-odd years, he comes across as still bitter.

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Maoisdead
Jul 28, 2017

Pretty fun book by the former manager of Van Halen ( 78-84 )- he dishes some dirt and comes off as a bit of a creep- but there is some interesting info about the band and the inner workings of the music biz at that time.

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