Thursday, June 9, 2016

Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

A book by Tony Iommi, and a founding member of the rock band Black Sabbath, what could go wrong? Well, nothing! This book for an autobiography has to be one of the most original I’ve ever read.

Most autobiography’s employ writer assistance. That’s because the person the book is about is generally not skilled enough to write for a national or world-wide audience. Iommi does no such thing like employing a ghost writer, and it shows, but in a good way.

One of his frequent word uses is the word “bang.” We went around the corner and “bang.” This happened and “bang.” That happened and “bang.” While he may appear educationally soft, nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of his learning is self-taught, that’s sometimes the most effective.

All the not so glamorous details in the history of the band are recorded. Ozzy, Geezer, Bill and Tony, engaged in some pretty dumb antics when they were younger. Nothing is hidden in this book.

One of the more revealing parts was a part time member named Jeff Fenholt. After a brief time working with Iommi, Fenholt launched himself as a Christian Evangelist. Iommi had good things to say about him, but was rather shocked at his directional change. I’ll leave this and other details for you to discover.

Black Sabbath’s dark and devil image was more created by record company marketing. I was surprised one member claimed the Roman Catholic faith, with other member expressing a positive belief in God. After reading this book, it clearly sounds like the mockumentary movie Spinal Tap was based off of Black Sabbath. This book is an adult read, but a fun read.

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