Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen

Legendary rock journalist Steve Rosen has finally released his long-awaited book about the friendship he shared with the late iconic guitar player Edward Van Halen. The book is titled Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen and chronicles the writer’s remarkable relationship beginning in 1977 (before the release of Van Halen’s first album) and continuing through 2003.


Rosen, who has previously authored seven other books including biographies on Jeff Beck, Free/Bad Company, Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads, writes about what it was like being friends with the greatest guitar player in the world.

Not an easy task to undertake.

In order to tell the story accurately, Rosen pored over hours of interviews—all fastidiously recorded and catalogued on cassette—and peered deep inside distant memories to create a book unlike any other out there.

The journalist spent many hours with Edward at his own Hollywood Hills guesthouse; up at Van Halen’s 5150 studio; on airplanes, in cars; and even jamming on several occasions with Ed. There is no other book out there that captures the heart and creativity of the late master instrumentalist. Rosen was Edward’s friend—close friend—for many years and no other writer can lay claim to that title.

Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen is a hardcover, 580-page tome with a 7×10 format. Front and back covers were shot by the iconic Van Halen photographer Neil Zlozower who also provided interior photographs.

The author was going to write Edward’s authorized biography back in 1985 but that book never came to light. Van Halen fans have literally been waiting some 37+ years for Rosen to revisit the book. If early responses from readers are any indication, fans say the wait was well worth it. Steve Rosen writes, “I chose that title,Tonechaser, because Edward once described himself in that way. I thought it was such a beautiful, fragile, and poignant word for him to use in his pursuit of the ever-elusive Brown Sound. I also thought it worked on another level in terms of the “tone” of his life and being a guitar player, bandmember, husband, father, and icon.


“I had never heard Edward ever use that phrase anywhere else and in fact after interviewing hundreds and hundreds of guitar players, I’ve never heard one of them ever use that word to describe what they
do.”


To purchase Tonechaser, send $47.00 to the link: paypal.me/Tonechaser. Include your address.
Send payment as FAMILY & FRIENDS. International buyers can contact the author here for details about shipping: scrosen@sbcglobal.net

Post featured image photo credit: Neil Zlozower

Rock and Roll Luminaries To Be Honored In Las Vegas

RockGodz Hall of Fame is pleased to announce “The RockGodz Hall of Fame Induction Celebration” on Wednesday, July 30 at Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill in Las Vegas. The evening will feature an extraordinary gathering of Rock and Roll luminaries including Doug Aldrich, Joe Vitale, Chris Slade, Howard Leese, Steve Thompson, Rudy Sarzo, Steven Rosen, Paul Shortino, Duncan Faure, Sally Steele, Lez Warner and more. The event begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Las Vegas’s quintessential rock club Vamp’d, owned by Count’s 77 front man and Counting Cars reality star Danny Koker. The Jet Velocity All Star Band will back the awards portion of the show, which will feature performances by the inductees. The evening will also include raffling off of great prizes including a spectacular Grover Jackson “GJ2” guitar signed by inductees.

SHOW & LOCATION:

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Where: Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill, 6750 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Venue Phone: (702) 220-8849

7 pm: Doors
8 pm: Showcase by Ecotonic
9 pm: Induction ceremony
10 pm: Jet Velocity Jam with inductees and select invited guests

Tickets: Online & at door: $10.00, 21+
Ticket Link: eventbrite.com/e/rock-godz-induction-party-tickets-12199925305

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