- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844139255
- ISBN-13: 978-1844139255
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rat Salad: Black Sabbath: The Classic Years 1969-1975 Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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"I wish somebody could write a book about contemporary art that was half as emotionally accurate, fearless, clear and thoughtful, and alive to life, as this book about the gods of doom" (Matthew Collings)
"Black Sabbath were the ultimate - and perhaps the only true - purveyors of Metal at its heaviest and most grimly gothic. In Paul Wilkinson they have at last found their very own Ian McDonald" (Barney Hoskyns)
Nick Hornby meets Spinal Tap meets Revolution in the Head in a winning account of Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath in their early, glory years.See all Product Description
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This is much more interesting and is about the author and his love affair with his favourite band. He examines the era in which the music was created and the events which may or may not have helped shape it. This is intertwined with his own story.
The book takes a look at the classic and most interesting era 1970-76 Sabbath albums, discuss the merits or not of each individual song. It reminded me of the discussions we had at school, although this is much more intelligent and considered than "name the the heaviest songs ever written". If you've read Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald you might recognise the format. However, to me this book seemed a little more personal and less like an essay. Before they invented Playstation, Xbox, Computers, and all the other teenage distractions music was really all us working class kids had to alleviate the boredom. Not a complaint I might add, a blessing that enhanced my life considerably.
I might not always agree with the authors opinions but I felt I could relate to them. I have my own story and fave songs. The book is written with sincerity and passion and that really struck a chord (sic) with me. Often passion is what is sadly missing in many of the books written about bands and even though the author is an ardent Sabbath supporter he is also only too aware of the bands limitations as musicians and human beings.Read more ›
Black Sabbath was the first album I ever bought - shortly before my 14th birthday. My mum though I was into a strange satanic cult - I was just completely and utterly blown away by the music. Paul Wilkinson took me right back to when I was fourteen, sitting in my bedroom with my record player turned up to full volume and watching the hypnotic Vertigo label as it spun around at 33 and a 1/3 rpm.
I loved the way he weaves world events together with the lives of the band members and the detail he gives on each song on the six albums they released over the period.
In virtually every instance I have identical views about the songs - most of the songs are awesome although there are a small number of turkeys.
I have to disagree with one of the other reviewers who suggests a sequel - this book says it all - there would be no point in covering BS after 1975 because for the true Sabbath fan that's when it all sadly came to an end. I do like the author's style so I hope he finds another subject to write about - I'll definitely buy his next book!
Congratulations to Paul Wilkinson on a fantastic book - one which I will cherish and re-read whenever I'm feeling nostalgic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First things first, this is not of biography of Black Sabbath. But it doesn't claim to be. The blurb states this is analysing the songs from the first six albums. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2009 by Mr. J. Johnson
This is the best Sabbath book for the following reasons:
1. It restricts itself to the Ozzy years.
2. It is intelligently written and an interesting read
3. Read more
I started this with the best intentions. I'd read others' reviews in here and was taken aback by their negativity, feeling that perhaps they expected a catalogue of on-the-road... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2009 by John I. White
Good idea nicely & packaged but as far as the Sabs go I've bought it all, read it all, listened & watched it all and I still haven't finished this book! Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2006 by thespiralarchitect