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Van Halen at 50 : At 50 - Martin Popoff

Van Halen at 50

By: Martin Popoff

Hardcover | 28 May 2024

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Explore the extraordinary history of Van Halen through the groundbreaking band's 50 most important moments, brought to vivid life with photos and memorabilia.

Van Halen at 50 is the lively and stunningly illustrated story of the legendary rock band told through 50 seismic releases, appearances, and other milestones.

Formed in Southern California in 1974, Van Halen became one of the best-selling bands in rock history and one of the highest-grossing tour acts with their rock-solid rhythm section, the histrionics of outrageous frontman David Lee Roth, and the wildly inventive and until-then unimaginable guitar heroics of Eddie Van Halen. In Van Halen at 50, prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band on the occasion of their 50th anniversary by curating 50 significant milestones, from their formation in 1974 to the passing of Eddie Van Valen in 2020. This volume features:
  • Stunning concert and candid offstage photography
  • Images of memorabilia, including gig posters, vinyl record sleeves, ticket stubs, period ads, and more
  • Gatefold Van Halen timeline
Across five decades, Popoff covers it all:
  • The band's formation in Pasadena, California, and early years as a So-Cal party band
  • 13 best-selling studio albums and the tours undertaken in support of the LPs
  • The departure of Roth and his replacement by "The Red Rocker" Sammy Hagar
  • Notable appearances like Texxas Jam, Farm Aid, and Monsters of Rock
  • A selection of their greatest singles, like the classic-rock standards "Runnin' with the Devil," "Hot for Teacher," "Jump," and "Why Can't This Be Love?"
  • Awards such as MTV Music Video Awards, platinum and diamond album certifications, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Eddie Van Halen's battle with cancer
  • Bassist Michael Anthony's replacement by Eddie's son, Wolfgang
In addition, Popoff includes a selection of sidebars covering specialized topics like Eddie's finger-tapping technique, the band's album art, and the eternal Dave vs. Sammy question. Every page is illustrated with incredible images, including on- and off-stage photography, gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, ticket stubs, and more. The result is an apt tribute to one of the most popular bands in rock history.

About the Author

Working out of Toronto, Canada, Martin Popoff ( has penned more than 100 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Rush: The Illustrated History, Led Zeppelin: Song by Song, Pink Floyd: Album by Album, Bowie at 75, AC/DC at 50, Kiss at 50, and In the Groove. Martin also worked on the award-winning documentaries Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas for Banger Films.

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