Eddie Van Halen Smithsonian Talk – “What it means to be an American”

Necessity Is the Source of Eddie Van Halen’s Inventions
The Path to Rock Superstardom Involves Immigration, Experimentation, and the Occasional Electrocution

Fascinating interview with Eddie Van Halen as he talks about immigrating to America as a child and how he invented his method(s) of playing guitar music with Van Halen.

Rock legend Eddie Van Halen didn’t set out to change the way the guitar was played. But, as he explained to a standing-room-only crowd at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, music shaped his life—and his life shaped his music—in unexpected ways from his very first performances.

Van Halen’s father Dutch father was a classical musician who “traveled the world making music,” said Van Halen. He met Van Halen’s Indonesian mother while performing in her home country just after World War II. They got married and moved to Holland, where “life became a little rough.” Van Halen’s mother was a second-class citizen; she was stuck at home with “two rugrats” (Eddie and his brother, Alex) while her husband was away gigging for weeks at a time. So they decided to pack up the family and move to California—to “Beverly” (“it wasn’t Beverly Hills then”), said Van Halen.

Read the entire article at www.whatitmeanstobeamerican.org

Dee Snider Announces 2015 Ride To Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares Benefit


Dee Snider, singer, songwriter for Twisted Sister, actor and television and radio personality – and the host of the House of Hair – will once again lead thousands of motorcycle riders in his annual ride for charity on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Town of Hempstead Lido Beach Park. This will be the thirteenth year that Dee Snider has sponsored his popular ride, and the third year that the event will focus on fighting hunger on Long Island by benefitting Long Island Cares, Inc., the regional food bank and hunger assistance organization founded by the late Harry Chapin in 1980. Last year, more than 1,300 riders and guests participated in Snider’s ride, which is the largest event of its kind on Long Island.

“There are more than 316,000 Long Islanders in need of emergency food and community support services because of reductions in critical programs like food stamps, unemployment and other safety net supports,” said Snider. “I’ve seen the work of Long Island Cares first-hand and know how important their services are for families, children, and others who rely upon the assistance of charitable organizations just to get by. We’re very fortunate that Harry Chapin had the vision to establish this great organization and food bank thirty-four years ago, and it has grown to meet the changing needs of our communities with some very creative programs like their satellite programs in Freeport and Lindenhurst, along with their mobile outreach units for our veterans, seniors, and the homeless. I’m very proud to continue Harry Chapin’s great work and support Long Island Cares. I hope that many more people will join me on September 20th andfight hunger in our communities.”

In addition to Snider leading the pack of riders, several of his celebrity friends will be joining in to support the event. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available for Dee Snider’s Ride to Fight Hunger on Long Island, including vendor space, entertainment, product displays, and more. According to Paule Pachter, Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Cares, “Dee Snider’s Ride is probably the biggest block party on Long Island to fight hunger. The food, live entertainment and spirit of caring that Dee has created attract so many people including families and children that come together for a very good cause. We’re very grateful to Dee and the Town of Hempstead for all of their support, and we’re very excited to be working with everyone involved in planning this year’s event on September 20th.”

For sponsorship opportunities call Cheryl Steinhauer, Special Events Manager for Long Island Cares at (631) 582-3663 x 104. Pre-register and follow the ride online at: www.DeeSnidersRide.com.