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Iron Man

My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

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The memoir of one of the great musicians of our time, Tony Iommi—Grammy-winning revolutionary guitarist, cofounding member of Black Sabbath, and architect of heavy metal

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 03, 2011 – While there are other books that offer more detail about the band, lead guitarist and songwriter Iommi’s chronicle is an important addition to the Black Sabbath story. Even early Sabbath detractors recognized that Iommi’s pummeling riffs in songs like “Iron Man” and “War Pigs”—powerfully delivered by lead singer Ozzy Osborne—defined the Sabbath sound. Iommi’s autobiography is as direct as his music, beginning with his description of losing the two middle fingers on his left hand in an industrial press accident as a teenager in the early days of the band, which, he notes, some people credit with creating “the deeper, down-tuned sound” of the band—“I had to reinvent my style of playing to accommodate the pain.” The book’s main virtue is its straightforward, year-by-year account of the band’s history, from early struggles (“When we recorded Paranoid I still lived at home”) through the band’s breakup with Ozzy in 1979 (“There were so many drugs flying around, coke and Quaaludes and Mandrax, and there was booze and late nights and women and everything else”) to Iommi’s post-Ozzy versions of Sabbath and various solo projects.

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The Iron Man

It was a fascinating read of the life and times of a legendary musician. Tony Iommi is the legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath who along with his band mates are the founding fathers of Heavy Metal. He tells his life story and particularly, the story of the ups and downs of being an active performing musician. It is told with a conversational style and a humble humanity that goes against the notion of the arrogant superstar. His candor about his missteps in life along with his triumphs is well worth reading for any fan of his music or anyone just interested in some history of the early day of rock music.

Iron Man
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Dec 11, 2012
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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