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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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Noel Monk, Joe Layden

Narrated By: Fred Berman

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2017

Duration: 11 hours 2 minutes


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 which 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.


  • Dave M

    Great book and excellent narration. What can you say about Van Halen? David Lee Roth was a conceited jerk, Alex Van Halen was an angry alcoholic, Edward Van Halen was a sad drug addict, and Michael Anthony was a humble, nice guy who was treated like garbage. Van Halen's manager, Noel Munk comes across as a credible and honest storyteller. It's amazing the amount of stuff Noel put up for seven years managing these idiots. If you like this book I recommend following up with Sammy Hagar's book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. It's a nice bookend to this book, further confirming the Van Halen brothers are selfish, entitled jerks.

  • Kevin C

    The book was great and honest. The Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth had to have been among the most immature and disrespectful people among the rock and roll show. Michael Anthony seems to be a really decent guy and I have no idea how he put up with the three un-cool babies he was playing with. I have had the opportunity to meet several rock stars through the years and absolutely do not regret not meeting the Van Halen circus. I am glad I listened to the book...... I could care less if I ever hear another Van Halen record again. Thank you Noah Monk for the honesty.