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Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath Hardcover – Nov 1 2011


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306819554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306819551
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath is exactly what it says it is. Tony Iommi tells us in his memoir about his pre-Black Sabbath days, playing various gigs and goes in a linear line from Sabbath day one to Heaven and Hell to now. In many ways it's very much what you would expect out of Tony and there aren't any revelations or "wow!" moments, it's just Iommi being humble and telling his fans about his career exactly as it happened, one event after the other. We're pretty much all aware of the Ozzy years already and the Dio years of the band have been well-covered too. The short-lived Ian Gillan era was well covered and one of the best parts of Iommi's book in my opinion, perhaps because the Ozzy and Dio years are so talked about we tend to forget the album and tour Gillan did with Sabbath. Reading those stories about Gillan and recording and the tour was a highlight. I particularly enjoyed reading about the recording of the albums and the events that surrounded them, the musicians who played (it's easy to forget, especially mid-late 80's era Black Sabbath) and so on. Some of the albums didn't need more details like Paranoid or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath but others like Seventh Star, Forbidden Cross and Tyr beneficiated from the added details and perspective of Iommi. I appreciated reading the kind words that Iommi had to say about Dio and the last days of Heaven & Hell, the final project with Ronnie James Dio and the studio album they did.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Steven on Feb. 5 2012
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I looked forward to reading this book as soon as I found out about its release. As with many rock/metal biographies and autobiographies you really wonder about the validity of the stories presented. Are they factual or one sided? Naturally funny or seriously embellished? I read " I Am Ozzy" months before reading this one, so I expected alot of crossover material from the lads time in Black Sabbath. However, the biggest flaw with this book is Iommi's treatment of certain events. While Ozzy held little back regarding his time in Black Sabbath, Iommi seems reserved as if he was trying to be polite, or hold things back. The whole book seems to present Iommi as a person always in control, or on an "even keel". While there is Ozzy's version and Iommi's version, Iommi's always seems very tempered and even lacklustre.
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.
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By Rob Kennedy on June 29 2014
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good book
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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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By Yves-Michel TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 13 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I had high expectations for this one. I was looking for a more cerebral Bio than the one from Motley Crue or Iron Maiden.

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.
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