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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Hardcover – 9 Oct 2006


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844499820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844499823
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,333,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his 21 books to date is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and selling close to 50,000 copies in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on music-related BBC and commercial radio.

In the introduction to a 2009 collection of rock writing, McIver was described as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world", and in a book review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".

As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the memoirs of rock musicians, notably that of sometime Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, whose autobiography was published in May 2011, and of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), whose book will appear in 2013.

Contact Joel at www.joelmciver.co.uk or www.facebook.com/joelmciver.

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This is a brilliant insight into one of this country's most famous
bands.
-- The Sun, December 15 2006

About the Author

Joel McIver is the Production Editor at Record Collector and contributes to a number of magazines as well as compiling albums, writing liner notes and appearing on TV and radio. He has written books on Extreme Metal, Slipknot, Metallica and Queens of the Stone AGe, all published by Omnibus Press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Gabby on 27 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow, more than 400 pages of Black Sabbath! Well, think again. Thorough this book may be, but more often than not, the emphasis is on the wrong things, and it soon becomes painfully obvious that Joel McIver simply hasn't done his homework, as the book just doesn't live up to its expectations.

Unlike many other Black Sabbath biographies, McIver's book has the distinctive feature of following both Sabbath's and Ozzy's careers side by side, and after Ozzy's exit from Sabbath, all of his solo albums are discussed as well. It soon becomes apparent that McIver is an Ozzy freak, and despite the title, this is essentially a book about Ozzy, rather than Sabbath.

The book is divided in three major parts: part one covers the original quartet's pre-Sabbath years and the band's Ozzy era up until the Ozzman's departure; part two covers the 80's, while the last part is largely comprised of the post-reunion years (1993 to 2006). Unsurprisingly, the middle part is the shortest, concentrating on the Ozzy-less Sabbath; in sharp contrast, what really is a let-down is the fact that part three is the longest, even longer than part one, and the years 2000 - 2006 are all given their own chapters. Considering that little new Sabbath material was released after the 1997 reunion, this decision really defies logic.

Anyone who's read any of McIver's other works is familiar with the fact that the writer isn't afraid to voice his opinions, and doesn't hesitate to criticise the artists whenever he feels that he has been let down by his favourite bands. However, he usually doesn't really support his arguments in any way, and more often than not, his opinions are difficult to relate to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ant Etches on 23 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Black Sabbath defined and continue to define the shape of the metal genre, four decades since they came to be. Every heavy band (and even some not-so-heavy) has at least a trace of an Iommi riff, a Ward drum beat, a Butler bassline, or even a similar vocal to Ozzy Osbourne.

In this book, Joel McIver starts right from the very beginning, four guys growing up in poverty in Aston, and works his way through to the Sabbath reunion of the late 90s/Early 00s. The book is divided into three main sections: Invoking The Demon 1948-1978, Snowblind And Surrounded 1979-1992, and Resurrecting The Beast 1993-2006. Topics covered include the early (and in many cases troubled) years of Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill growing up together in Aston, UK, writing and recording of albums, the rise to fame and run-ins with various managerial problems and excesses, Ozzy's departure, Ozzy's solo career, Sabbath's dogmatic efforts to continue without him (sometimes Tony was the only member remaining of the original four), many battles with drink and drugs, deaths, arrests, deaths, reunions and, of course, Ozzy biting the head off a bat. You see, this is not JUST a book about the band Black Sabbath, it chronicles everything surrounding the band in brilliant and honest detail, from a fan's perspective, from Ozzy's own career, other member's side projects, the state of music through the various eras, Sharon's involvement, the rise of the Ozzfest, and even a mention of Kelly Osbourne's music attempts.(Though not in as much detail you may be glad to hear!)

McIver makes use of a great many interviews, some conducted by himself, many taken from magazines and TV archive footage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JONESY on 19 April 2013
Format: Paperback
The story of Black Sabbath is a fascinating one, which the author here has managed to make slightly boring.
The writing is formulaic, repetitive and turgid.
I, for one was less than impressed by his style which followed the same pattern over and over again.
Exposition ,album title,track by track analysis,exposition, album title,track by track analysis etc, etc.
I found his ruminations on the construction of every track so tedious, and also the latter part of the book where he strays offline and goes on about Kelly Osbourne and "The Osbournes" TV series.
My mark is a middle of the road C. Could do better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By psychonaut on 24 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are a few Sabbath books around and I've read them all, but this is the one that has impressed me most. the author has interviewed everybody -- ok, not ozzy, but what did you expect? - and the things that bill, tony, geezer, glenn, ronnie and others like rob halford and even a whole bunch of thrash and death metal musicians say about the Sabs make it worth buying on their own. but even with that, the book goes into massive detail about every aspect of sabbath's career. The pics are awesome and this is one solid hardback too, i recommend it 100%.
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