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What is the truth?
on 9 December 2013
Outside of objectively verifiable scientific phenomena, it seems that truth is a much more subjective and ambiguous quality than we might think. Where people are concerned, this is even more so. Thus rock stars are frequently buried under an avalanche of myths, legends and a culturally constructed received wisdom. Rarely does one come away from a rock biography with a genuine feel for the human beings behind the music. It is here where Mick Wall always excels. Of course, having worked with and for the principles, on and off, over a 35-year span, gives Mick a crucial insight unavailable to other chroniclers. Thus we have something here which is fascinating, compelling and thought-provoking.
Rich in detail and with an obvious fascination with the people, rather than with producing a glorified career review, makes this essential for any fan of contemporary music and the artists who shape it.
I should declare an interest; I worked as researcher on this book for Mick and it was a revelation to see dull and prosaic matters of fact brought to vivid life lending fresh insight and awareness.
Few would argue that Sabbath invented mental and now the reader can really meet the men who fashioned an international cultural phenomenon.
Tony Iommi: affable prankster or mean-spirited bully? Ozzy: clown prince of rock 'n' roll or puppet of Sharon? Both? Neither?
Thoroughly recommended. another unqualified winner for Wall.