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Alex Van Halen autobiography 'Brothers' coming soon

“Brothers” is the title of the autobiography that Alex Van Halen, Van Halen's drummer and Eddie's brother, will publish by the end of the year for HarperCollins: written with the help of New Yorker journalist Ariel Levy, the volume – as easily clear from the title – it focuses on the relationship between the two brothers who gave life to one of the most popular bands of all time on the American rock scene and beyond.

“In this intimate, heartfelt account – unlike any rock-and-roll memoir you've ever read – Alex Van Halen shares his personal story of family, friendship, music and brotherly love in a stunning tribute to his beloved brother and bandmate”, we read in the presentation notes of the volume: “Alex recounts the brothers' childhood, first in the Netherlands and then in the working class of Pasadena, California, with a traveling musician father and a a very strict mother of Indonesian origin, the kind who always told her boys to 'always dress well', regardless of how famous they were. The book also tells about musical backstories, internal fights within the group and many bad boy behaviors. But above all, Alex's is a story of brotherhood, music and lasting love.

“I was with him from day one,” Van Halen explained: “We shared the experience of coming to this country and figuring out how to fit in. We shared a record player, a 700-square-foot house, a mom and dad, and a work ethic. Later, we shared the back of a tour bus, alcoholism, the experience of becoming famous, of becoming fathers and uncles, and of spending more hours in the studio than I have spent doing anything else in this life. We shared a depth of understanding that most people can only hope to achieve in a lifetime.”