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

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Hachette Books, Dec 11, 2012 - Music - 432 pages
The New York Times bestselling autobiography by the lead guitarist of Black Sabbath and the architect of heavy metal

Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist. Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

 

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An easy to read and highly entertaining peek behind the metal curtain known as Black Sabbath. Rather obviously written by T.J. Lammers from recorded interviews with Tony Iommi, (the book reads as ... Read full review

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The human story is always interesting, especially when it involves a rags-to-riches story. While the typical biography of a rock n roll star is one of drugs, sex, and wild times -- and this story ... Read full review

Contents

Heaven and Hell
Ignition
Vinny says Aloha
Getting Black and Blue
Melinda
Friends forever
The Mob Rules
The Mob tours

Meeting Bill Ward and The Rest
Jobhopping into nowhere
How three angels saved heavy metal
Things go horribly south up north
Down to Earth
A flirt with Tull in a Rock n Roll Circus
The early birds catch the first songs
Earth to Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath records Black Sabbath
Now under new management
Getting Paranoid
Sabbath Zeppelin and Purple
This is America?
Happy birthday witches to
Ozzys shockers
An Antipodean murder mystery
Flying fish
Number 3 Master of Reality
No really its too much
White lines and white suits
Air Elvis
Going Snowblind
This is your captain freaking
A rather white wedding
Going to the big house
One against nature
The well runs
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
The California
Where did all the money
Everythings being Sabotaged
Bruiser in a boozer
Me on Ecstasy
Ecstasy on tour
We Never Say
Ozzy goes
Susans Scottish sect
Dio does but Don dont
Bill goes to shits
A Munster in the mix
To The Manor Born Again
Size matters
Last man standing
The mysterious case of the lofty lodgers
Lovely Lita
Together again for a
Twinkle twinkle Seventh Star
Glenn falls but there is a Ray of hope
The quest for The Eternal Idol
Taxman
Headless but happy
Oh no not caviar again
TYR and tired
Its Heaven and Hell again
Bound and shackled
In harmony with Cross Purposes
The one that shouldve been Forbidden
Flying solo with Glenn Hughes
Living apart together
The love of my life
Reunion
Cozys crash
Bill Vinny and Bill and Vinny
Belching after a Weenie Roast
Iommi the album
An audience with the Queen
Hats off to Rob Halford
Fused with Glenn again
Entering the Halls of Fame
This is for peace
Heaven and Hell tour and band
The Devil You Know
Farewell to a dear friend
Not a righthand
Good news and
Coming out the other side
Reflections
Acknowledgments Index Copyright Page

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About the author (2012)

Tony Iommi is a cofounding member and lead guitarist of Black Sabbath and is among the most influential guitarists of all time. Born in 1948, he lives in Birmingham, England.

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