In the beginning, Ed played the drums while his big brother Alex rocked the guitar.
That story and much more as Ed Van Halen speaks to the standing-room-only crowd at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, about how music shaped his life—and his life shaped his music.
The theme is ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll reinvention’ and gets rolling with Ed recounting his Dutch father and Indonesian mother’s life journey on their way to moving the family to California where she worked as a maid, and he pursued music while working as a janitor. The family lived in one room in a house they shared with two other families. In a new country, speaking a new language, the one constant thread was music.