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A Golden Opportunity Well Missed....
on 2 September 2016
I'm in no way saying that Tony Iommi isn't a nice guy.
I completely get that he was instrumental in forever changing the face of heavy music.
I totally agree that he influenced practically everyone to play, or listen to, metal over the last 50 years.
But this book is pretty bloody tedious.
Let's face it: when you buy a rock biography from an artist from the 'golden years' of excess, you expect it to be jam-packed with stories of hedonism, drugs, bizarre behaviour and anecdotes galore as well as providing an insight into life with a hugely popular band (think White Line Fever by Lemmy, The Dirt by Motley Crue, I am Ozzy etc)
Unfortunately, this book is just plain dull.
If you haven't read it, here is the basic formula for the 90% of the content after Black Sabbath became popular:
"We started recording a new album. I wrote riffs for the songs [x, y and z]. I produced it myself but couldn't get the right sound at first. We recorded the album and went on tour. [Band member's name] left the band, so I needed to hire a replacement. I found a replacement and we started recording a new album. I wrote riffs for the songs [x, you and z]....."
Now read that sentence 600 times and you have the majority of this autobiography.
There is the occasional mention of the fact he was taking ridiculous amounts of cocaine, but this is brushed off without going in to detail. Every so often, he splits up with one wife and marries another one but, again, it is skimmed over. The couple of anecdotes he does recount already feature in Ozzy's book, but are about 2% as amusing.
Be honest: when you buy a rock 'n' roll biography, do you really, hand-on-heart, expect one of the stories being described as 'really funny' by the author to be about two female members of another band eating a couple of big bars of chocolate?
The ghost writer has not asked for any elaboration on any stories, not probed for interesting tales and has written the book in a manner that can only be described as half-arsed.
The passage about Tony and Ozzy playing the Queen's Golden Jubilee is a case in point.
They were asked if Phil Collins could play the drums. They said 'yes'. During rehearsal, Ozzy looked at Phil Collins, who thought it was a dirty look. Collins asked Iommi if Ozzy had the hump. Iommi said no. Collins said he thought he had been glared at. Iommi said 'Ozzy looks at everyone like that'. Collins asked if he was playing the songs ok. Iommi said yes.
I mean, Jesus.
The ghost writer should be ashamed of himself. A golden opportunity well missed.