Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath Hardcover – Nov 1 2011
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Publishers Weekly, 6/27
[Tony Iommi is] “the undisputed originator of heavy metal.”
“[Iommi is] most entertaining when describing the Sabbath’s incessant, hazardous prank-playing…The guitarist is not wholly unaware of the oft-ludicrous nature of his enterprise.”
“An important addition to the Black Sabbath story…Iommi’s autobiography is as direct as his music.”
“This memoir [is] dead certain to appeal to heavy-metal fans of all ages…With plenty of behind-the-scenes stories and fresh perspectives on some of music’s most notorious characters…this is a frank and honest look at a special part of rock history.”
USA Today, 10/31/11
“Iommi has a story that needs to be told…Iommi tells his story simply and chronologically, making it easy for anyone to slip into the fast-paced tale. And yes, while there are plenty of drug-fueled antics, there's no doubt the focus is on the music here, as it should be…Iommi emerges from Iron Man seeming like a true trailblazer without sounding immodest or unkind—and I've learned that's quite a feat, especially after reading, say, Motley Crue's The Dirt.”
January Magazine, 11/18/11
Rolling Stone, 12/8/11
“There’s good material here.”
Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 11/22/11
“Iron Man chronicles a life of ale, drugs and women and a trail of destruction behind every tour.”
Bookviews blog, December 2011
“Fans of the group, Black Sabbath, will enjoy Iron Man.”
“Reveals the man behind the icon, yet still captures Iommi’s humor, intelligence and warmth.”
“Fans will revel in the guitarist’s lucid memory and wicked humor—but casual rock readers will likewise enjoy this tale of one unassuming English kid’s improbable rise into to the pantheon of metal godliness, thanks primarily to Iommi’s fairly objective storytelling, charming prose, and keen sense of the absurd…[Iommi is] a raconteur whose words are as endearing as they are informative.”
Elmore, January/February 2012
“Iommi dishes on a life of heavy music and even heavier times…Dignified and classy, while still spilling plenty of messy musical beans.”
“One of the top 15 books of 2011.”
“[Black Sabbath’s] interactions with other famous music personalities and Tony Iommi's perceptions of the music world make this a 'must' for fans of the group and any collection profiling rock music history."
SLUG, March 2012
“Some obscure gems…It has a rapid-fire ‘quick story’ quality…Tony’s delightfully frank…It’s honest, endearing.”
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I think one of the problems that bring down the book is that Tony Iommi simply isn't all that interesting or doesn't know how to make the stories and what he is attempting to tell seem interesting enough that you WANT to continue reading the book.Read more ›
The real upside to this book is the time frame of the mid eighties onward, when Sabbath was in constant transition. Vocalists and musicians were coming and going pretty much every year. It can sometimes get confusing, but for the most part it does show Sabbath fans, or even curious individuals, what happened. Overall it is a good book, but as noted, the flaw with Iommi's story telling, makes you wonder if the truth lies between his version and the crazy ones presented by Ozzy Osbourne.
Unfortunatly, this book is very chronological with a lot of "then after that" and not much insight or substance. Fans of the band or 80s headbangers probably sre aware of 60+ % of the stuff written onthose pages. It will bring back memories (his description of the YES/Black Sabbath tour is priceless), but not much more. THe writing style is dated. I could have lived without the countless swear words punctuating the book. It reads too much like an 80 S magazine like Circus or Hit Parader. THe sections about how they got their gold crosses or how he met Rick Wakeman cannot save the book.
Good, but not entertaining.
be on solid ground now. Has worked with many amazing performers over the years and claims to respect them all.
Down-hearted with the passing away of Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell. A must read for all rock fans.
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the book gives you detailed accounts about this career from start to finish with black sabbath and even after
not alot on his personal life
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