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NEVER SAY DIE!: BLACK SABBATH 1979-1997 (Rockdetector) [Kindle Edition]

GARRY SHARPE-YOUNG
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During the 1970s, Black Sabbath dominated Heavy Metal. In an age of bona fide super-groups they were unquestionably the heaviest thing on the planet, and remained a solid unit whilst others around them suffered ongoing membership fall-outs and line-up re-incarnations. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward weathered internal storms but remained resolute, conquering the globe in the process, selling almost fifty million albums and delivering absolute, pure Heavy Metal. But in 1977 the unthinkable happened - Ozzy decamped. Over the next two decades a succession of vocalists and other musicians took up the challenge, perhaps most notably Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan, and Tony Iommi succeeded in breathing new life into Black Sabbath time and time again. Albums crafted in those times of adversity are now recognised as some of Sabbath’s finest moments, and the huge array of players that travelled through the ranks is a constant source of fascination and rumour for Sabbath fanatics. Here for the very first time, and with exclusive interviews, is the definitive account of those years.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDW596
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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For Sabbath fans this has got to be the most eagerly awaited book not just for this year, but probably the past ten years. There was a lot of hype over Garry Sharpe-Young’s Ozzy book but it really delivered the goods so I was virtually salivating when I learned he turned his attention to the mighty Sabbath – and my favorite time period too!
The first thing to note is that this book is actually much longer than the Ozzy book (a good portion of which was an enormous discography) and there are lots more photos. Most of these seem to come from the band themselves and it is great to see shots of Ray Gillen and Tony Iommi sharing a pint in an English pub, of Sabbath in South Africa and an amazing picture of a one off band line up that played in Greece. There is also one, unbelievable shot of Ray Gillen I shall just leave for you to wait and see!
The hype for this book promised ‘a revelation on every page’. I’m happy to report that this is very nearly true. (It probably balances out as some pages give you 4 or 5 things you probably never knew about before).
The book is basically chronological. This is important because the other Sabbath books I have read (“Oral History” and Steven Rosen’s dreadful effort) leave a lot of big gaps. This book fills them really well and this made clear as Sharpe-Young covers each album, the line up changes and the tours all in order.
While the behind the scenes material from “Heaven and Hell”, “Mob Rules” and “Live Evil” is great – all made from quotes from band members – it is “Born Again” where things really get interesting. Malcolm Cope on drums? Jamming ELO songs and “Black Night”? Amazing stuff.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As a long time fan of Black Sabbath, and the guy who runs [...] - there's one thing that I think most folks know about me - I like *ALL* eras of Black Sabbath. There seems to be some recent revisionist history; a movement to ignore any Black Sabbath that doesn't have a certain front man known for complaining about dogs crapping in his house at the mic stand. Outside of the legendary musical period from 1970 through 1978 (and what has turned out to be fairly stagnant years creatively from 1997 onwards), there was a period of time with several other albums, band members producing material under the name Black Sabbath. By my count, it's a total of 10 albums (plus two more live and one greatest hits one), 97 original studio songs, and a total of 24 band members, and while not all of them recorded with the band, that's a lot of folks who were involved whose participation has never really been told. Until now.
Garry Sharpe-Young has interviewed just about everyone involved with the band during the time that Ozzy left/quit/was fired in early 1979 up until the point of the Ozzfest "reunion" shows in 1997. Such wide ranging topics as replacing Ozzy for real in 1979 with someone new, the band's trepidation at continuing to call themselves Black Sabbath through some of the big changes and low points in the career. Having run the Black Sabbath Online website since 1995, I was fortunate enough to know and work with several of the former members of Sabbath. I'm often praised for the comprehensiveness of my website, and the info I portray. There is a lot about Black Sabbath I know, more than the average fan. However, I'm no fool, and I'm not naive - I don't claim to know everything that ever happened with the band.
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This book should be commended for covering the non-Ozzy, and non-Dio era of Sabbath form various viewpoints and it does so very well, Geoff Nicholls contributions are particularly interesting. However the writing is very clunky and the book could have done with a proper editor to improve the flow etc. On top of this the kindle version that I read had obviously not been proofread properly before release (although the mistakes could have been in the printed version too).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 31 Jan. 2013
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An interesting, insightful look at black Sabbath' s criminally overlooked ozzy-less period. Worth looking at by fans and newcomers alike
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 Oct. 2010
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This is a book I never thought would exist - it details the comings & goings of band members from Never Say Die to Forbidden. I wanted to know more about the "Tony Martin years" - and here it is, with a great deal more of interest as well.
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