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    Hello,

    I am the author of a new Van Halen book, Van Halen: The music and the
    Fans, 1978-1986, slated for release next week. It is a full academic
    study of the group from 1978-1986, much more in depth than any book on
    Van Halen ever written. It is not your typical fan book (with gossip)
    nor is it just a fact book (dates and the like). This is a full blown
    musicology book, and it will be available on Amazon when released

    It is approximately 230 pages (it was at that before it went to
    editing) and I don't have a copy as of yet. I'm trying to get people
    interested in the book before it's released.

    As a huge Van Halen fan, this book was blast to write. The research
    was completed for my Ph.D. (on Van Halen, no less!). I will use the
    book for a class I will be teaching in January at Jacksonville
    University in Florida. Yep, a class featuring Van Halen!

    Please check out the link, and I hope I've compelled you to consider
    buying for your collection.

    Thank you,

    Tommy Harrison

    link:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/053...t=true&ie=UTF8

    The table of contents:

    Introduction

    Chapter One- Bottom's Up!: Survey of hard rock and heavy metal
    groups and
    scholarship

    Research on heavy metal and hard rock
    The development of heavy metal and hard rock in the 1970s
    Subgenres of 80s mainstream rock
    European/British heavy metal of the early 1980s
    Hard rock in Los Angeles of the early to mid 1980s
    Mainstream thrash metal of the 1980s
    Pop hard rock of the mid 1980s
    Post pop hard rock of the late 1980s

    Chapter Two - Dance the Night Away: The music audience aged 13-25
    years
    old becomes inspired by Van Halen from 1978-1986

    Social aspects of teenage Van Halen fans
    Preferences on popular music by Van Halen fans
    Decisions on popular music consumption by teenagers in 1978
    EVH's guitar performance
    Live performance and Tours
    Van Halen Merchandise
    Van Halen becomes part of the MTV generation

    Chapter Three - Unchained: An analysis of songs recorded by Van
    Halen

    Differences between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar
    The Development of Van Halen's Harmonic Writing
    Baroque period: songs written for the first album and recorded
    on albums released during 1978-1986.
    Classical period: The beginning of clear melodic writing
    on Van Halen II, Women and Children First, and Fair Warning
    Romantic period: the use of the keyboard affects the songwriting
    approach
    on Diver Down, 1984 and 5150.
    Comparisons of songs composed and recorded by other artists
    A comparison between two Van Halen songs recorded by different
    vocalists
    Sexual coding of Van Halen songs

    Chapter Four - Hot for Teacher: Edward Van Halen's influence on a

    generation of hard rock guitarists.

    EVH as guitar hero
    EVH expands the use of traditional guitar techniques
    EVH incorporates new techniques to make his playing more appealing
    to his audience.
    Eric Clapton's influence on EVH

    Chapter Five - Little Guitars: EVH's innovative use of guitar
    technology prompts changes in the design of guitar equipment.

    EVH's awareness of electric guitar technology
    Amplifier design and electronic effect use
    Panning
    Epilogue

    Appendix A: Survey
    Appendix B: Van Halen albums and song lists
    Appendix C: Discography
    Appendix D: Music videos

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    Pretty cool there, Tommy. Hope it sells well for ya.
    "It's always a Catch-22 situation. They hate you if you're the same, and they hate you if you're different."
    ~Eddie Van Halen~

    "The perfect woman has an IQ of 150, wants to make love until 4 in the morning, and then turns into a pizza."
    ~David Lee Roth~

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    Very cool! Any pictures in the book we've never seen???

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    Kewl...looking forward to it!
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    "20 minutes (late to work)? Shit. Last year I woke up three weeks too late.
    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

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    Where do i sign up for the Van Halen Class At University Of Jacksonville... I think thats one class we would all ACE!!!!

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    I gotta get that book. The class would be cool too.
    ALEX IS GOD!!!

    I've been doin' this for 'bout 20 years now, and I'll tell ya, to this day I still don't know the right drumstick from the left drumstick -Alex Van Halen


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    Is it a musicology doctorate?
    "Always hopeful, yet discontent,
    He knows changes aren't permanent
    But change is!"

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    I think of all the education that I missed!
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    Looks good.
    Bobby Cohn: Who's going to be at Waynestock?
    Wayne Campbell: Um, uh...Aerosmith & Pearl Jam!
    Garth Algar: Ha ha ha ha ho!
    Bobby: Who else?
    Garth: Uh, me...and...and Wayne...
    Wayne: ...and uh...VAN HALEN!!!
    Garth: Wow. Van Halen. Who else?
    Bobby: Yeah, who else?
    Wayne: Uh, an old man fashioning a kayak out of a log?

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    Sounds pretty interesting to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombattt
    Is it a musicology doctorate?
    Yes. University of Salford, located outside of Manchester, England. Derek Scott and Sheila Whiteley, advisors. If you do a amazon search on their names, you will see a handful of books in the field. Salford is considered one of the top schools for popular music study around, in addition to Liverpool, Newcastle in the UK, and UCLA over here in the US (however, apologies to other good schools I'm not mentioning...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gradyvanhyman
    Where do i sign up for the Van Halen Class At University Of Jacksonville... I think thats one class we would all ACE!!!!
    Well...I am sure that it is a class that many of you would do well in. The class, MU 208: "Interdisciplinary Study of Popular Music" will require non-music students to write a series of papers (and critiques of their fellow students' papers) discussing popular music in their own discipline. The Van Halen study that I have in the book will the model. For example, if you are a sociology major and a fan of, say, Slipknot, you might discuss fan reception of last album (which many hard core Slipknot fans hate). They could doing a survey at a concert and discuss how the group's style changed and related that to my own research on to how VH's style changed.

    The class will be filled with a lot of 18-24 year folks, most (not all) of who didn't grow up on VH, but rather Linkin Park, Killswitch Engage, 50 cent, etc... so they learn how to discuss pop music intelligently, and learn about a kiss ass group like VH at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheekychap
    and learn about a kiss ass group like VH at the same time.
    Did you mean ''kick''?.. Points off for spelling, professor!
    Sings like a bird. Rocks like a pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spanked55
    Did you mean ''kick''?.. Points off for spelling, professor!
    Oops! Typing too fast this morning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spanked55
    Did you mean ''kick''?.. Points off for spelling, professor!

    as a associate professor myself...I'd like to point out the fact that...we do not spell well...it is the bane of our careers....thank God for spell check.
    "Always hopeful, yet discontent,
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