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Van Halen : exuberant California, Zen rock'n'roll

Author: John Scanlan
Publisher: London : Reaktion, 2012.
Series: Reverb series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Van Halen are known for classic songs like “Runnin’ with the Devil,” "Panama,” and “Jump,” but also for the drama surrounding the exits of its former members. While many have attempted to discover the secrets of Van Halen through an analysis of their musical role models, John Scanlan looks at deeper aesthetic and philosophical influences in Van Halen, a groundbreaking account of this extraordinary band. Following  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Scanlan
ISBN: 9781861899163 1861899165
OCLC Number: 760291972
Description: 216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Out upon the ocean --
Islands: Sunset Strip and the 1970s, c. 1974-7 --
The golden dream, California --
Hanging ten, c. 1977-82 --
Hollywood flotsam, c. 1980-82 --
The tao of Dave: surf life --
Diver down, temperature up, c. 1981-2 --
Think like the waves, like a child, c. 1982-3 --
Sail to the moon --
Wipeout, c. 1984-2007 --
Chronology --
Discography and soundtrack.
Series Title: Reverb series.
Other Titles: Exuberant California, Zen rock'n'roll
Responsibility: John Scanlan.

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Van Halen is a groundbreaking account of an extraordinary band, caught in the events of a revolutionary time. John Scanlan follows the band's pursuit of the 'art of artlessness', and describes how  Read more...

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