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, bandmates, 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.
©2011 Tony Iommi (P)2012 Tony Iommi
An audio book loving Aucklander.
I am a HUGE Black Sabbath fan, and this book did deliver some excellent behind the scenes stuff for me, however I found it a tad guarded, compared to some other rock bios. I also think Tony's sense of humour was lacking, perhaps it was just the way the story was written (or the ghost writer's work), so it was a bit dry. Although I've read other Black Sabbath books, this gave me a different take on the rise of the band, also the band members diverse personalities and contributions etc. So I enjoyed that a great deal. The narration was terrible though, I didn't appreciate hearing the narrator swallow and shuffle in his seat constantly. Perhaps it needs to be performed again with a better narrator to make it more enjoyable to listen to?
Iron Man is a straightforward account of Tony's life chronologically without a specific structure or point.
I'm a super-fan, so I liked it a lot; but there wouldn't be enough here for someone who wasn't.
There are occasional stories that are either very funny or fascinating.
Bev Bevans's performance is spot on. Casual & engaging. It's like sitting down for an evening with Tony on his couch.
Historian and music lover. Trying to learn French.
It was enjoyable to hear about Black Sabbath from the inside, and Iommi is playing it out like the polite and dry witted englishman he probably is. But I feel that both the actual book and the reading could have been tighter. Too often it's more like hearing Iommi doing a documentary interview than reading (listening to) an actual book. The reading is mostly good, and the dialect perfect, but sometimes he feels a bit uninspired, and sometimes there's a bit too much paper shuffling and quirky edits. But for a fan it's a must read!
Guitarist with The Prudes
As a guitarist and fan of rock I was hoping for a little more detail and grit. I don't care about the reasons Tony got divorced or every drug fueled party but either he has had a quiet life of he denied us the details. It's a hard task to compete with Clapton or Keef's recent books but there must have been more....
Tony is what we all thought him to be, a very decent humble guy.
Narration is a bit home made....which it kinda was.
I would recommend this to any fan of Black Sabbath or of heavy metal in general. Tony Iommi's riffs and songwriting are the backbone of heavy metal itself. It's great to hear the back stories about each CD and chapter in the entire Black Sabbath history.
I loved the detail, examining each album and its recording, tour, etc. I also like how candid Tony is about his cancer (lymphoma), and the detail he goes into about the treatment, how it as affected him, etc.
I liked the fact that Bev, who is a friend of Tony's and also played in Black Sabbath, read this book. He knows Tony well, and it's easy to imagine that it is Tony himself reading the book. Bev, I'm sure, knows many of these stories, and his familiarity, I believe, helps his credibility as a narrator.
It's surprisingly funny! The pranks they used to play on each other (especially on drummer Bill Ward) are laugh-out-loud funny.
Learning the history of the band, the era, and of Tony.
There is a story in here of the bands early days where Tony drops Ozzy off at a house that looks like his own house, but is not. It is hysterical.
There is a lot of back stories to the albums and songs. Brings a whole new perspective to the Black Sabbath catalog making me appreciate them even more.
He is a personal friend of Tony and even sounds a little like him. His British accent is very pleasant to listen too.
It made me lolz many times and cringe once or twice.
I've read a lot of rock bio's. This one is by far my favorite. I actually still like Tony after reading it. Same cannot be said about other rock performers books I have read.
Tony is a likable guy and of course, he is the driving force behind one of the most iconic heavy metal bands ever.
I really enjoyed reading Iron Man because although I loved old Black Sabbath, I never knew anything about Tony Iommi or the non-Ozzy era Sabbath of the 80's and 90's. Tony's story telling is very simplistic but entertaining in an innocent kind of way. I feel I know him better and it has given me a greater appreciation for the Ian Gillian, Tony Martin, Dio, and other Sabbath albums.
Say something about yourself!
Im a huge fan of Mr Iommi. great book. from his youth to triumph over a tragedy. gives inside look into the up and down life of rock n roll. and great book for why not to do drugs for the youth. I have every album ever made by him. See how three other worldly beings brought you the king of heavy metal!
One of the best.
It's a great insight into the history of Black Sabbath and metal in general, told by a rock legend in his own words.
It was hard to listen at times. All that swallowing and mouth noises made it sound very busy and distracting. A plus was his native Birmingham accent which made it sound as if it was Tony himself telling the story.
Yes, for sure.
You can tell that Tony is not a professional book writer because the narrative is simple and repetitive, but that's part of the charm, because it feels like one is having a conversation with him.
"not worth the credits"
I had low expectations of this book but even with that I found the story to be poorly written as it is basically it is a long rant.
"Good stories but poorly written and delivered"
Yes but only as a musician
Could only listen in small doses as it got a bit boring
"Really interesting listen"
I really enjoyed this book. I like the fact they used a Brummie, however I found he had a strange inflection and seemed to pause at points where he shouldn't. I don't know if this was the narrator or author, I just found it weird. That being said it was a great tale, like most rockers autobiographies it got a bit boring and repetitive towards the end, but they tend to........ the ones that don't are dead!
Well worth a listen.
"Someone else reading an autobiography doesn't work"
Bev Bevan is a great musician but certainly not a narrator. It's also difficult for a 3rd party to read an autobiography. There was no passion in the telling of the story
The story itself was very interesting in that it gave a great history of the band.
It was a bit flat and his attempts at accents were a bit embarrassing (sorry Bev)
Sadly disappointed was looking for a bit more passion.
Hope Tony fully recovers from his illness.
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