Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October

As I told you back in January (see here), there’s a new photo book about Eddie Van Halen due this year.

More details are surfacing about legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower’s second Van Halen hardcover coffee table photo book, “Eddie Van Halen,” which is set to be released October 12th, 2011.

Music fans know his shots and have seen his name credited on album covers. Zlozower connected with Van Halen in 1978, started shooting some shows, and before you knew it, he contributed some pics for the Van Halen II album. It was just the beginning of the pair's friendship and working relationship.

In 2008, Neil published his first book, “Van Halen: A Visual History 1978-1984” – a stunning display of photography capturing one of rock’s biggest bands in their undisputed heyday.

Zloz' new book, “Eddie Van Halen,” is billed as the definitive visual history of early EVH, jam-packed with classic and never before published photos.

One of the most revolutionary and influential players ever to pick up a guitar, Eddie Van Halen’s music and technique continue to energize legions of fans and guitarists around the world. This book of photographs and text focuses on the innovative early years of the band Van Halen, when Eddie burst on the scene and changed the face of electric guitar-playing and melodic hard rock. More than 200 images of Eddie in action–both classic and never before seen–are complemented by text and testimony from famous guitarists, music writers, and many others. Also featuring a foreword by guitar legend Slash, this is the definitive visual history of classic Eddie Van Halen.

Famous guitarists who contributed text to the book include:

Angus Young
• Jimmy Page
• Joe Perry
• Les Paul
• Steve Vai
• Joe Satriani
• Nuno Bettencourt
• Ritchie Blackmore
• Gilby Clarke
• Phil Collen
• Billy Gibbons
• Peter Frampton
• Paul Gilbert
• Allan Holdsworth
• Scott Ian
• Tony Iommi
• Steve Lukather
• Mick Mars
• Ronnie Montrose
• Gary Moore
• Tom Morello
• Dave Navarro
• Rick Nielsen
• Ted Nugent
• Paul Stanley
• Nancy Wilson
• Zakk Wylde
• Dweezil Zappa

• … and many others.

Van Halen insiders who contributed text include Eddie Anderson (director of security 1980-84), Pete Angelus (creative consultant, production/lighting designer), Marshall Berle (personal manager 1977-78), Bill Gazzarri (owner: Gazzarri’s nighclub), Michael Karlin (Van Halen business manager, 1978-present), Jas Obrecht (editor: Guitar Player magazine), Patrick Whitley (production manager 1978-84) and Michael Anthony.

Neil Zlozower’s rock photography spans more than 40 years and includes work with The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motorhead, Tom Waits, Slipknot, and many others. From 1978 to 1984, Zlozower was the “fifth member of Van Halen,” touring with and capturing images of the band during the David Lee Roth-era.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Dance The Night Away / You’re No Good / Bottoms Up!
Selland Arena - Fresno, CA – March 25, 1979

See also:

PHOTO: Eddie Van Halen with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam
Van Halen: first 2011 concerts announced
David Lee Roth fan reunited with lost camera 12 years later
Van Halen mixing new album?
Van Halen: new album due for summer release?
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar enters The Smithsonian
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Michael Anthony looking forward to hearing new Van Halen
Van Halen begin recording new album