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Runnin' with the Devil Audiobook

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

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Publisher's 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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    "Fascinating insight into Van Halen"

    If you love Diamond Dave era Van Halen then this book lifts the lid on how messed up that period was. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. This has it all. Riveting stuff!

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    Jonathan Killeen London 29/06/2017
    Jonathan Killeen London 29/06/2017 Member Since 2013

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    "...revenge is a dish best served cold..."

    This is most likely a book for the non Van Halen fan or a fan of rock 'n' roll excess. Lots of stories based on 1 to 1 conversations with band members who famously say nothing in clarification . Hard to take for the diehards with bitterness from the author coming across more that anything.

    There are better books on the band's rise to fame particularly 'Van Halen Rising' which is joyous without being too reverential...

    Great audio performance....shame about the content...

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  • Scootrbee
    Liberty, MO
    11/07/17
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    "A Must Read!"

    I love this book! It was well written and very informative with insight to the DLR Van Halen years. If you're a fan of that era, what are you waiting for? Listen Now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Dack
    St. Louis Park, MN United States
    30/06/17
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    "Great reader. Great book about VH's Roth years."

    Sex, drugs addiction, ego's, immaturity, power grabs, rock and roll from their managers perspective. Was in a rock band from 86-94. it was a pain in the butt except for being onstage. Endless hours of getting on each others nerves. Work a real job.

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  • Anonymous
    16/08/17
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    "Awesome!"

    What an excellent book! It was so interesting and entertaining, and the narrator was outstanding!

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  • Scott
    13/08/17
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    "Amazing amazing amazing"

    I’ve never flown through a book so fast. I didn’t want it to end. Amazingly honest insight!

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  • Fan of M. Twain
    Vancouver, WA
    09/08/17
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    "Ego's Drugs and Alcohol"
    If you could sum up Runnin' with the Devil in three words, what would they be?

    a compelling listen, an excellent performer reading this autobiography but by the end I wanted to strangle those self indulgent infants that comprised Van Halen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the wife of Noel Monk, she was a consistently good person. Something that can't be said about anyone else in the story.


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  • p litchenberg
    07/08/17
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    "Nothing to see here"

    You had all that time and this is what you came up with? More of a piece about Monk than Van Halen. A manager who did nothing to protect Michael Anthony

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  • Anonymous
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    a great inside look at the world of Van Halen, kind of harsh on one member of the band.

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  • ron
    mars, Pa
    30/07/17
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    "not sure what to think"

    Noel Monk is a known scam artist, bad manager, liar, etc. so its interesting to see things from his view. Im was not there but sounds like he got fired and holds a grudge.

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  • Amazon Customer
    New York, New York
    29/07/17
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    "Completes a Loose Trilogy Of VH 3rd Person Bios"

    A good solid book from the manager from the Roth era. It fills the gap from the biography Van Halen Rising and Red by Sammy Hagar so we now have three books covering 1973 to 2004.

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  • Sockfoot
    27/07/17
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    "Great Story"

    Great book. Gives a perspective that pretty much lines up with how I perceived things. Noel deserves a great deal of credit but also deserves a bit of criticism for how he handle certain situations, most especially how he let Michael Anthony get royally ripped off and did not perform his duties as a manager for him at the time when he needed him most.

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