BLACK SABBATH : Doom Let Loose - an Illustrated History Paperback – 24 Nov 2006
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The book is filled with numerous interviews of various Sabbath members (past and present), and full of countless little snippets and musical trivia. Of course, in some instances the different parties contradict each other's stories, and it's difficult to sort out who is telling the truth, but I guess that's just unavoidable due to all the acrimonious splits and line-up changes in the band. Also, what is great about this book are the numerous colour pictures: promotional photos, live pics, scans of magazine covers, singles and bootleg albums... it's all rather compelling stuff.
Although chapter titles such as "Lots of dope on the fire" or "Smashed out of me brains" might suggest otherwise, the emphasis in this book is first and foremost on the music, rather than the band members' various escapades with booze and narcotics, or other backstage shenanigans (if it's that part of the story you're after, check out Ozzy's own I Am Ozzy). And for once, the grimace-inducing The Osbournes is left unmentioned.
Occasionally, the perspective isn't 100% objective, and the writer's own opinions are voiced here and there, but even that is done in a way that isn't really annoying. Popoff usually supports his arguments convincingly, rather than just bluntly stating "this is great, but that sucks" (if you've read Joel McIver's Slayer biography, you know what I mean).
Writing a great band biography is very difficult, and with a band with a career as long as Sabbath's, the penning of this book must have been an arduous task. Still, Popoff has managed to create what is by far one of the best rock biographies I've come across. Highly recommended.
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This book is the best Black Sabbath book out there bar none and Martin Popoff did a wonderful job. Buy this book.
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