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Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath | [Tony Iommi]

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

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.
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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

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    david Odessa, FL, United States 01-11-13
    david Odessa, FL, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The complete life of heavy metal's true father"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Bev Bevan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's surprisingly funny! The pranks they used to play on each other (especially on drummer Bill Ward) are laugh-out-loud funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-26-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-26-12 Member Since 2011

    An audio book loving Aucklander.

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    "The story: interesting; The narration-terrible."

    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?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ola Nordal Austria 02-06-14
    Ola Nordal Austria 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

    For a long time I rarely took the time to read novels. This changed when I discovered audiobooks!

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    "Good story, but a bit untight"

    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!

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    Jarle Abelhaug Eek STAVERN, VESTFOLD Norway 11-20-13
    Jarle Abelhaug Eek STAVERN, VESTFOLD Norway 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great book from a great artist!"
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath the most enjoyable?

    A well written personal story of one of the greates bands of all times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very honest and personal style of writing. Feels like you talk to an old friend. Exiting, entertaining and easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great also for so-so fans or music fans in general.

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    Paul New York, NY, United States 08-12-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Likable but very light"

    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.

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    "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.

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    "Someone else reading an autobiography doesn't work"
    What would have made Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath better?

    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


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story itself was very interesting in that it gave a great history of the band.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was a bit flat and his attempts at accents were a bit embarrassing (sorry Bev)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadly disappointed was looking for a bit more passion.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Tony fully recovers from his illness.

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