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How Black Was Our Sabbath: Unauthorised View From The Crew Hardcover – 5 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; Ill edition (5 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283073683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283073687
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'. -- , 1 May, 2004

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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Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely wonderful book written by David Tangye & Graham Wright. There's been plenty of books on Black Sabbath before. Some good. Some not so good. This one falls in the category of being EXTREMELY GOOD. The difference between this book and the others on the Ozzy history of the band is the fact that this one was written by folks who were there. A lot of these things are written by people who retell stories, regurgitating things that are already out there. Not this one. David was Ozzy's personal assistant, and Graham was Bill Ward's assistant. So these stories are told from folks who lived them. There are some other stories by other folks who were involved with Sabbath directly as well.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
i stumbled upon this book online by accident as, since it is " unauthorised" ,it has had no advertising what so ever!
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.
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Absolutely essential for anyone with even a passing interest in Black Sabbath or its members. An accurate and warm telling of how four youths from Birmingham changed the face of Rock and Roll...Sure, they had their ups and downs, but unlike most other books concerning this band, 'How Black Was Our Sabbath' does not dwell on the negatives, but instead shows the band as they really were...Dedicated, hard working incredibly creative and finally...human. A story such as this, with such amazing detail, could only have been told by those who were close to the band and fans of Black Sabbath surely will give a collective "Bravo" for Dave Tangye and Graham Wright dispelling the misconceptions of this innovative band so long put forward as truth by so many different publications...
Pass on the rest...If you want to know about Black Sabbath, this is the only book you will ever need...
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This is a fun Sabs biography told from the perspective of two road crew members who were with the band during the classic Ozzy line-up years. Whilst there are many bizarre anecdotes, in keeping with the good natured lunacy of the band, what I found most interesting was the story of their formative years in Mythology and Earth plus the RARE concert and ephemera photos from that time. Although it may lack the more usual album/song analyses, it does give a different angle on the band and as such is worth reading. I have recently seen it in bargain bookshops as part of a budget pack with similar biogs of AC/DC and Status Quo, so if you're a Rocker, as I am, this might be the way to buy it. Get well soon Tony and come back Bill - I'd love to see you all in action again for a last hurrah!
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It was okay but I would have liked a little more focus on the music, the creative process etc

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!
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Just a quick line or two to say how much I enjoyed this book, Having read several other Rock Band memoirs, this one stands out the most. Where this book differs from the rest, is the free flowing style in which it is written (and also the fact that the Autors were present when the events were taking place).
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.
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