DLR takes the reader on a wild roller-coaster ride throughout the 400+ pages of his narration of his life's experiences. Although, it is neither written chronologically nor academically sound, it is a fasicinating look into the makings of a true showman and a person not afraid to follow his heart and live each moment to its fullest. Though he does not give much specific info regarding the makings of VH or solo albums & movies, his child-like spirit reigns throughout and does not seem to have diminished with age. DLR shares his many exciting and life-threatening journeys and conveys that he is a man of true substance. It is a shame that VH couldn't continue longer with DLR, but the ego conflict was too much and VH was stalling with the follow-up to 1984. I'm sorry but I think that Ed Van Halen's playing has not improved one bit since 1978, it's only gotten more slick and commercial. This book does not get 5 stars due to lack of continuity and conciseness.