Synopsis by Mark Deming
Van Halen were arguably the most popular and influential American hard rock band of the late 1970s and '80s. Created from a mixed bag of hook-heavy tunes, monstrous guitar riffs, macho swagger and goofball humor, Van Halen boasted the most copied guitar hero of his era, tap-happy shreadmaster Eddie Van Halen, and the most flamboyant frontman in the history of American rock, David Lee Roth, and the result was a band who kept metal maniacs happy while topping the pop charts at the same time. The Van Halen Story: The Early Years is an unauthorized biographical documentary which looks at the band's rise to fame in the 1970s, and includes interviews with friends, fans and associates of the group, as well as archival interview clips with Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth.
band [music group], guitar, hard-rock music, interview, rise-to-fame, rock-music, unauthorized-biography