Black Sabbath's Master of Reality

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Bloomsbury Academic, Apr 15, 2008 - Music - 112 pages
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Black Sabbath's Master of Reality has maintained remarkable historical status over several generations; it's  a touchstone for the directionless, and common coin for young men and women who've felt excluded from the  broader cultural economy. John Darnielle hears it through the ears of Roger Painter, a young adult locked in a southern California adolescent psychiatric center in 1985; deprived of his Walkman and hungry for comfort, he explains Black Sabbath as one might describe air to a fish, or love to an android, hoping to convince his captors to give him back his tapes.

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

I almost didn't buy this book because I wasn't interested in Black Sabbath and haven't read anything else in the 33 1/3 series. But John Darnielle is my favorite songwriter, and he was doing a reading ... Read full review

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User Review  - adrian anderson - Goodreads

Quick one day read before I start Wolf in White Van. Written from the perspective of a teenager in a psych ward, it was not what I expected at all but I enjoyed it (although I'm not a huge Black ... Read full review

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John Darnielle is the singer and songwriter otherwise known as the Mountain Goats.

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