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Bob Marley & The Wailers, varados en Londres

El libro The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond de Chris Blackwell, escrito con Paul Morley, ofrece una versión tras bastidores de artistas como Bob Marley, Traffic, U2, Robert Palmer, Cat Stevens y muchos otros en su relación con el sello Island Records.

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Eruption, the life of Eddie Van Halen, according to himself

Eddie Van Halen – Eruption

Eddie Van Halen recounts his life in rock and as a creator of musical instruments in the book Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen.


Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen is a biography based on interviews with the rock myth.

Available October 5, the book covers topics ranging from EVH guitar making to personal stories of the guitarist.

Ever since his band Van Halen broke in and released the self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie entered the list of best rock and heavy metal guitarists.

Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen also examines his qualities as an inventor that changed the face of guitar making.

This title bears the imprint of the Hachette publishing house, which described it as a heartfelt, compulsively readable, and definitive oral history of the most influential rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix


Authors Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill were editors of Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado, respectively. They based their book on more than 50 unpublished hours of interviews they conducted with Eddie Van Halen.

They also included conversations with figures such as Tony Iommi, Steve Lukather and Steve Vai, who contributed to drawing the legendary guitarist’s personality.

Musician and instrument innovator

The biography is named after the song Eruption, a track from Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled album. His playing on that track is considered one of the best guitar solos of all time.

The book covers Eddie’s career, from his years as the son of Dutch immigrants who in the 1960s could not speak English, to becoming a rock star.

The authors told Guitar World that Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen contains a lot of information on the construction and modifications of his guitars. Eddie started this line with Kramer and later established his own firm, EVH.

It also contains a section with images and comments on «Eddie’s oddities.» This refers specifically to unusual or less known instruments that he used during his artistic career.

According to Chris Gill, the goal was to present Eddie’s life “in an entertaining and informative way for the general music fan. At the same time, delving into Ed’s contributions as a guitarist, songwriter, and musical instrument innovator.

The legendary guitarist died of cancer on October 6, 2020.

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