Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath
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Mom was not terribly pleased.
But she didn't do anything rash about it. I just knew that if I wanted to listen to it, I had to do so at a low volume on my little r ...more
Then you have an accident. A momentary lapse of concentration and somehow you bungle up something, and you lose the tip of your middle and ring finger of your righ ...more
1. Extremely interesting. Short chapters, straight to the point, no bullshit, with plenty of information about the creative process, and the dynamics in the band. I've always been a bit of a metal-head, I'm not a die-hard Black Sabbath fan though. I enjoy their music alright but, as a matter of fact, I like Ozzy's solo efforts better, I'm more partial to the Dio material - "Heaven & Hell" and "Mob Rules", that is - and my all time favourite Sabbath album h ...more
1. Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe by Mick Wall
2. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
3. Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath by Tony Iommi
Perhaps the two quotes that sum up all three books are these, which are both from I Am Ozzy:
“I remember saying to Tony [Iommi], ‘Did you hear how heavy that Led Zeppelin album sounded?’...more
Unlike "No Regtets: A Rock and Roll Memoir," the (also) recently released Ace Frehley autobiography, "Iron Man" comes to life as you read it...you actually hear Iommi's voic ...more
I remember having this Ozzy home video (that’s VHS, kids) called Don’t Blame Me. I used to work at this recording studio in Spokane, Washington and ...more
After a while, however, the book or myself ran out of steam and it became too slow. Or maybe it was a reflection of those years where Sabbath had an employee turnover higher than that of a McDonalds graveyard shift. They were so poorly managed and unprofessional that they even got two singers at the s ...more
That said, the content wasn't quite as raucous or inspiring as I had thought eithe ...more
The prose style could've been a bit more detailed/loose with the emotions he felt during both the more trying and e ...more
The book is chock full of anecdotes about how Sabbath came about and how Iommi has worked with a multitude of talented people over the years. Many of the pranks these guys pulled on ...more
Sadly, what should be a roller coaster of a life just comes across as stuff that kinda happened. Almost as if he's not bothered by it.
Part of it is the tone. Iommi, a fantastic guitar player - make no mistake, is no orator. He's a laid back guy with a slightly monotone voice. Sadly, a voice that is captured pe ...more
Having read Ozzy's book on his life, including his time with Black Sabbath, it was interesting to marry it up against that of godfather of the heavy metal riff, Tony Iommi. His life story is just as fascinating, beginning with his upbringing in Birmingham, to losing the top of his fingers which potentially could have killed off his career, to his life in one of the greatest bands ever.
He has a similar story to tell - drugs and alcohol, a number of marriages and relationships with wonderful and v...more
Let me explain.
In this abstract association after reading these two books, is that Mr. Ozzy Osbourne is similar to a kender, Mr. Tony Iommi and Mr. Geezer Butler are both the gnomes (with their tinkering of their mechanical creative minds), and Mr. Bill Ward is the GULLY DWARF! HA HA HA HA LMAO! Poor Bill....Kudos to Mr. Iommi for his tenacity and his de ...more
Tony slings some mud but is not a focal point of his book. He walks through his life in a conversational way, while making points ...more
Iommi is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential guitarists in heavy metal music. In 2004, Iommi was ranked number one on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarist ...more