Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx and grew up in New Jersey. Renoff earned his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and is the author of 'Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal,' which will be published by ECW Press in October 2015. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
35 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘Hot for Teacher,’ Then Everything Goes to Hell
Fourth and final single from hit '1984' album also signaled the end of original lineup's spectacular run.
How Jimi Hendrix Turned Away From Psychedelia on ‘Band of Gypsys’
Unfortunately, by the time Jimi Hendrix's 'Band of Gypsys' was released, the group had already broken up.
How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen
With few notable exceptions, the mythical account of David Lee Roth’s exit from Van Halen has been presented as gospel truth. It's not.
How a Concert Review Ended Cream
In the spring of 1968, Cream were sitting on top of the world.
That Time 500 Pink Floyd Fans Were Arrested at L.A. Shows
In early 1975, Pink Floyd announced that they’d tour the U.S. in April, even as the group worked to finish its upcoming album, Wish You Were Here.
Five Live Albums Van Halen Needs to Release
Recently, plans were announced for the first-ever live Van Halen album with David Lee Roth -- but was it the right one?
The History of Eddie Van Halen and Keyboards
Even the great ones get things wrong sometimes.
Why Van Halen Rejected Their First Album Cover: “They Tried to Make Us Look Like the Clash…
Warner Bros. originally had a much different concept for marketing Van Halen's 1978 debut.