Alex Van Halen
American musician
Alex Van Halen
Alexander Arthur "Alex" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally, his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, while Alex practiced guitar. After spending time playing Eddie's drum kit, Alex became more skillful at the drums than Eddie. In 1974, the Van Halen brothers, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed a band, simply called Van Halen.
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'Roots' is still fresh and shocking 40 years later
LATimes - 9 months
"Roots" premiered on ABC in January 1977,  just a few months after Alex Haley published the historical novel upon which it was based -- a phenomenon on the back of a phenomenon. Now remade for the flat-screen generations by History, the new version will surely reap the benefits of 40 extra years...
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‘Alex Haley: And the Books That Changed a Nation,’ by Robert J. Norrell
NYTimes - about 1 year
Alex Haley brought attention to black America.
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Web Series Provide a Platform for Unlikely Heroes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This article was co-authored by Chris Hadley, who writes for the online web series magazine Snobby Robot, and for the film music magazine Film Score Monthly Online. In addition, he is the writer/creator of the cable news satire/parody THE LATE, LATE NEWS. Web series have given female filmmakers and performers an incredible platform. Two recent web comedies, Rare Birds of Fashion and Ex-Best, demonstrate compelling and realistic characters that defy the-all-too stereotypic Hollywood depiction of women, while providing their cast and producers with opportunities not readily available in more mainstream venues. Created by Lily Hayes Kaufman and produced by Jackie Schwartz, Rare Birds of Fashion follows the lives of two best friends: Brenda (played by Jackie Zebrowski) and Alix (Haley Rawson), who seek to challenge the fashion industry's unwillingness to serve plus-sized women. They also set out to boost the fortunes of the fledgling upscale design company they work for by creati ...
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Alex Hales eager to get going for Nottinghamshire CCC
Dispatch - almost 2 years
Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales says he is looking forward to getting back playing for his county after a frustrating winter, The 26-year-old recently returned to the UK from the ICC Cricket World Cup where he featured in the final two group matches of England’s unsuccessful campaign. And while Hales hopes to keep his place in the national team for the Royal London One Day Internationals versus New Zealand and Australia this summer, the number one item on his current agenda is scoring runs for his county. “I had a few games in Sri Lanka where I didn’t do very well and - looking back on the World Cup - it was frustrating,” he said. “I was desperate to be a part of it and to have an influence in a positive way on the tournament. “Ever since I made my debut I have wanted to anchor down a spot at the top of the order in that team and sitting on the benches is always a tough time. “Looking back it gave me a chance to work on my game, work on some technical things and work on my fi ...
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DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots has undoubtedly contributed to its growing popularity. But if you're new to it - and sometimes even if you're not - it can be a little confusing. For that reason, I've been sharing a series of "DNA Stories" videos featuring the experiences of real life people and how they've used DNA testing to tackle their personal history mysteries (see below for links if you've missed them). Well, now it's my turn. As a Smolenyak who married another Smolenyak (and a professional genealogist to boot), I am constantly asked whether I married my cousin. Check out the video above to see how I used Y-DNA tests to solve this riddle. A Tale of Two Fathers Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots A Tale of Two Sisters
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Megan Smolenyak: Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live at a time when we can peek into the past by simply swabbing the inside of a cheek or spitting into a tube. For some, such as adoptees, this is the very recent past, and for others, such as Alex Haley of Roots fame, DNA testing can reveal information from the distant past that the paper trail never could. Though Mr. Haley is no longer with us, his nephew, Chris Haley, shares his passion for genealogy, so was game to swab for history's sake. Watch as he meets his unexpected Scottish cousin, June Baff Black, for the first time. June, it turns out, learned about genetic testing by watching an episode of the U.K. Who Do You Think You Are? celebrity roots series. She asked for a DNA kit for Christmas, and got more than she bargained for!
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6-Year-Old Drumming Prodigy Performs 'Hot For Teacher'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Meet Avery Molek, a 6-year-old drummer who's currently experiencing his 15 minutes of YouTube fame. In a video making the rounds online this week, the tiny drummer is shown shredding his way through Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher," barely missing a beat as he plays the classic song like a pro. Molek has been playing the drums since he was four years old and in just two years he's played over 15 shows spanning four different states, wowing crowds with his prodigious love of Kiss and other hard rock bands. According to his Facebook, the munchkin musician has also embarked on a tour in his homestate of Pennsylvania. He's already giving Mr. Alex Van Halen a run for his money! Although we are loving Molek's intense drumming session, we can't help but think his song choice is a little, erm, mature for his age. We bet the first grader's elementary school teacher was sufficiently weirded out by the viral ode to education. Scroll through the slideshow of more child prodigies below ...
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Gerrards Cross batsman stars in Australia
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
GERRARDS Cross batsman Alex Hales has continued his whirlwind year by blasting his way to the Man of the Match award on his Melbourne Renegades debut.
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Shell oil-drilling ship grounded in Alaska refloated
Fox News - about 4 years
A Shell oil-drilling ship that ran aground near a remote Alaska island has been refloated, officials said early Monday. Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk was floated from the rocks late Sunday night and teams were assessing its condition, the Unified Command said. Once they're satisfied that the vessel is seaworthy, it will be towed 30 miles to shelter in Kodiak Island's Kiliuda Bay. The oil drilling vessel, which has no engines of its own, was being towed for maintenance when it ran aground during a powerful storm on New Year's Eve. Officials said that so far there's no sign the hull of the Kulluk has been breached or that oil has spilled from the vessel. It is carrying more than 140,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid. The main tow line was attached from a towing vessel earlier in the day in preparation for the refloating when ocean conditions were favorable. The Unified Command said three additional tugs are on standby along with th ...
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Shell drill ship runs aground on Alaskan island
Fox News - about 4 years
Royal Dutch Shell PLC's foray into Arctic offshore drilling has suffered a serious setback after one of its two Alaskan drilling rigs ran aground off a small island while trying to escape a fierce storm. The Kulluk drilling ship grounded Monday night on rocks off the southeast side of Sitkalidak, an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska, according to officials at a command center run by the U.S. Coast Guard, Shell and Alaskan state emergency workers. The Kulluk was being towed by a 360-foot anchor handler, the Aiviq, and a tugboat, the Alert. The vessels were moving north along Kodiak Island, trying to escape the worst of a North Pacific storm that included winds near 70 mph and ocean swells to 35 feet. About 4:15 p.m., the drill ship separated from the Aiviq about 10 to 15 miles offshore and grounding was inevitable, Coast Guard Cmdr. Shane Montoya told reporters. "Once the Aiviq lost its tow, we knew the Alert could not manage the Kulluk on its own as far as towing, an ...
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Woman Sues Disney Over Muslim Head Scarf
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A former hostess at a Disneyland restaurant is suing Disney for not allowing her to wear her Muslim head scarf, or hijab, at work. The suit is expected to be filed Monday in Los Angeles on behalf of Imane Boudlal, a Morocco-born U.S. citizen, the Associated Press reports. The dispute started when Boudlal, who worked at the Storyteller Café in Disney's Grand California Hotel, realized she could wear her hijab to work after studying for her US citizenship exam. After having worked at the restaurant for two and a half years, in August 2010, she started wearing her hijab to work. When she did, she says she was told to take it off or work "backstage" where customers wouldn't see her. In the days following, she was sent home at least seven times without pay for wearing her hijab to work, the OC Weekly reported. Disney said that all employees, or "cast members," whether they're dressed up as a Disney character or not, wear "costumes" if they interact with customers. Howev ...
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Hales hopes 99 can cement England T20 place
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Alex Hales looked to have played his way into England's squad for their World Twenty20 title defence in Sri Lanka in September after making a brilliant 99 against the West Indies on Sunday.
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Van Halen at Staples Center: Arena rock in its natural habitat
LATimes - over 4 years
Arena rock was made for moments like this: a killer sound system with amplifiers stacked high onstage and hanging from support beams, all aimed at a hometown crowd. A master drum kit placed on a glowing pedestal; a microphone stand at the center of an acre of stage, awaiting a lead singer itching to scream.  All that was missing at Van Halen’s eagerly anticipated return to Los Angeles on Friday night at Staples Center were the Bic lighters, feathered hair, and a fleet of Trans Ams cruising up and down Figueroa. Well, that and a sense of cohesion. This rock scene was laid out before the four-piece, born in Pasadena in 1972, like a feast, one that was four decades, a handful of break-ups, three lead singers, three bassists, and some legendary animosity in the making. ALBUM REVIEW: Van Halen's 'A Different Kind of Truth' This was the first L.A. stop on the band’s highly publicized, expertly marketed -- and recently scaled-back -- reunion tour. Van Halen and its original lead sin ...
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Hagar: Not surprised at Van Halen tour woes
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Sammy Hagar says he’s not surprised the Van Halen tour with David Lee Roth seems to be crumbling. He’s only surprised it took this long. The band postponed dozens of concerts that had been scheduled for this summer, without giving a reason. But Hagar, who had replaced Roth in the band and fronted Van Halen for more than a decade, thinks he knows why. He says brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen are hard to get along with. If they weren’t, Hagar says, he’d still be in the band. Hagar made the comments in response to a question from The Associated Press on Thursday in Atlantic City, where he donated $10,000 to a church food pantry before a concert with his current band, Chickenfoot.
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The Slaves' "Brain Switch"
Black Voice News - almost 5 years
Because an anecdotal story as a sample of the entire unit is appealing for providing powerful mental images to promote understanding, let us return to the book/movie entitled “Roots” whereby Alex Haley chronicled the life of Kunta Kinte in Gambia, West Africa. The story starts one Read more...
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The CNN Daily Mash-up
This Just In - CNN - almost 5 years
The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome. Today's Mash-up seems to have taken on a theme of attaching meaning and purpose to life. 'Bucket list' for baby inspires readers A story about a couple's "bucket list" for their dying baby daughter, named Avery, evoked a great conversation among users. So much so, that a blog post summarizing the discussion drew some deep reflections of its own. Here's just one, from user thesparky1: You always wonder about your short time here on Earth.  We come and then we go.  Sometimes we spend 110 years on Earth and not really accomplish much.  Sometimes we go in our 20s and make a huge impact.  Here Avery spends 6 months with us and does more than most people in their "full" lives.  That's the real bucket list, the list ...
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Van Halen plays Greensboro
News Observer - almost 5 years
By David Menconi GREENSBORO – Let’s face it, David Lee Roth or Eddie Van Halen would drive you nuts if either of them were in your band. Between rampaging egomania, moody paranoia and high-strung personalities, it would be a nonstop dramafest every single day; kind of like the soap opera that Van Halen has been for the last 30-plus years. Nevertheless, they need each other because whatever behind-the-scenes unpleasantries are involved, Van Halen’s onstage show is one of the best in the rock world. When it comes to good, stupid Y-chromosome fun, nobody brings it like the Roth model of Van Halen, which was on display Saturday night in Greensboro. It was an entertaining couple of hours, even though they didn’t seem to be having a particularly good night. Eddie was actually (dare I say it) sloppy in spots. Roth managed to forget the words of “Dance the Night Away,” missing a verse completely. Alex Van Halen’s drum solo lasted three minutes and felt longer. ...
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Van Halen adds Grand Rapids, Detroit dates to North American tour - almost 5 years
The band's lineup has been the same for several years now: David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alex Van Halen
  • 2009
    Alex has become an ordained minister and presided at the wedding of his brother Eddie Van Halen in 2009.
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  • 2000
    Alex married his current wife, Stine Schyberg, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She is the mother of his son Malcolm Van Halen. Alex is the uncle of Wolfgang Van Halen.
  • 1989
    Alex's first of two sons, Aric Van Halen, was born October 6, 1989; Aric's mother was Alex's ex-wife, Kelly Carter, whom he divorced in August 1996 after 13 years of marriage.
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  • 1983
    Alex married Valeri Kendall in June 1983, after a two-year engagement.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage ended in divorce, just two months later.
  • 1978
    Their 1978 album Van Halen was released to much fanfare, influencing many musicians in hard rock.
    More Details Hide Details Although the term "brown sound" is generally associated with Eddie's guitar, it was actually coined by Alex to refer to the sound of his snare drum. At live shows, Alex is known for being an entertainer, performing aggressive, complex drum solos and stage pyrotechnics. The only recording Alex has made outside of Van Halen is the instrumental "Respect the Wind" (for which the Van Halen brothers were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance), featuring Alex on keyboards with Eddie on guitar. The song was written for the 1996 film Twister and plays during the end credits of the movie. Alex endorses Ludwig drums, pedals & hardware, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads and Regaltip drumsticks. A Paiste endorser since March 1983, Alex, in co-operation with Paiste developed a signature ride cymbal—a 2002 24" Big ride—which Paiste introduced at the 2010 Winter NAMM Show. He also had two Ludwig signature snares and endorses Regaltip drumsticks. Alex has used Rototoms and octobans in the past as well as electronic drums and is renowned for using extravagantly-sized drum kits that feature four bass drums, having originally used two bass drums before upgrading to double that number.
  • 1974
    Later, in 1974, since the name Mammoth was already taken by another band, the name was changed to Van Halen, and Stone was replaced by Michael Anthony.
    More Details Hide Details Roth has claimed that it was his idea to rename the band Van Halen, and that he actually named it after Alex. In addition to his musical duties at this time, Alex handled managerial duties, such as booking gigs, etc. for the band.
    In 1974, the Van Halen brothers, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed a band, simply called Van Halen.
    More Details Hide Details They were signed to Warner Brothers in 1977 and released their first album in 1978. The two brothers are the only members of Van Halen who have been in the band for its entire duration. Alexander Arthur Van Halen was born in Nijmegen. His Dutch father Jan (1920–1986) was an accomplished jazz saxophonist and clarinet player. His mother Eugenia van Beers (1914–2005) was an Indo (Eurasian) from Rangkasbitung, Indonesia. He spent his childhood in Nijmegen in the east of the country. The family moved to Pasadena, California in 1962. Both Alex and his younger brother, Eddie, are naturalized U.S. citizens. Both Alex and Eddie Van Halen were trained as classical pianists in their childhood. Although Alex is known as a professional drummer, he began his musical aspirations as a guitarist, with his brother Eddie taking up drums. While Eddie was delivering newspapers to pay for his drum kit, Alex would practice playing on them. When Eddie heard Alex's mastery of The Surfaris drum solo in the song "Wipe Out", he decided to learn to play the electric guitar. Alex was influenced by Budgie drummer Ray Phillips.
  • 1953
    Born on May 8, 1953.
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