How Black Was Our Sabbath: Unauthorised View From The Crew Hardcover – 5 Mar 2004
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A happy and unchallenging meander through the defining years of heavy metal's greatest band. A warm and gentle read. -- Classic Rock, May 2004
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the band whose employees knew them as 'Slack-Haddock'. --
Warm and wry, there's plenty here that will get you giggling anew. -- Front End, May 2004.
About the Author
Dave Tangye was Ozzy's assistant throughout the seventies, and Graham Wright was assistant to drummer Bill Ward.
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This book goes into some areas of the band's history that have never been talked much about before. Specifically the days when they were known as Polka Tulk, as well as Earth. There's tons of stories about life on the road, the legendary "Satanist attacks Tony Iommi on stage with a knife" story, to one their hotel room doors being painted with a bloody red Cross, to the story about the band blowing out the candles of a group of Satanists in the hallway by singing "Happy Birthday" to 'em. There's other things, like Ozzy's first wife Thelma, and the kids Oz had with her. That's something that's almost never talked about. Graham tells stories about Bill's drive over the Australian Outback in 1974 for about 500 miles to avoid flying. And a few about how some vehicles ended up in swimming pools.
What's best about this book to me is that it's an easy free flowing style. I've read many books, and some are hard reads, but this was one that I could quite easily have read in one sitting, had I had that much time available when I read it.Read more ›
i must say i really enjoyed this book- it contains lots of pictures that i had never seen before which were obviously from the authors own collections. The book explains alot about sabbath's early times with ozzy indeed right up until ozzy's dismissal. Indeed ,it is very candid and a pleasure to read - I really think that any true Sabbath fan will really enjoy this book. Perhaps, If you are new to the band, a less personal " warts and all" book like this isn't the best introduction to the band.
Pass on the rest...If you want to know about Black Sabbath, this is the only book you will ever need...
Much of what was described is surprisingly banal; better to go for Motley Crue's The Dirt is you want some real excess!
Oh, and it only covers up to the end of the Ozzy era - just a brief lippservice to the Dio years and the story afterwards - shame really as there was still good, if not classic, music long after the lovable buffoon left!
Like Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath now have their own 'Hammer of the Gods' style autobiography with this book.
The authors who were involved with Black Sabbath during their formative years, strike a balance that other biographers just haven't matched.
We have a view of the band which covers a definite time line, also on the road stories that could only be told by the people who were there at that time.
I thought this book captured the mood of the 1970's succinctly, and brought those moments in time back to life.
Great story, very well written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoroughly enjoyable read from a lovely bunch of rogues! Top men! Excellent stuff!Published on 24 July 2014 by woody
Really enjoyed it.A lot of interesting and funny stories.Some of which are personally relevant .Recommended for any rock fan highly entertaining.Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by nick dolan
Having just read 'I Am Ozzy' autobiography,
I was interested to pick this book up to compare the road crews take on Black Sabbath, and the early Black Sabbath years covered in... Read more
Whilst I enjoyed the book - and it is a pleasant read about one of the greatest metal bands of all time, I somehow was expecting a little more description of the excesses. Read morePublished on 18 May 2009 by Simon Johns
Bought this on the strength of the recommendations here. Having read it, I have to give an alternate view. Read morePublished on 9 April 2007 by Supertzar
May I start by saying that this book is a most remarkable journey through the history of the originators of the term Heavy Metal. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2006 by Jac Pascall
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