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I'm not a huge Sabbath fan apart from their greatest, best known songs but I've always admired the ...
on 10 March 2018
I'm not a huge Sabbath fan apart from their greatest, best known songs but I've always admired the fact that they just get on with it and pay no attention to critics or trends. Tony Iommi seems to personify this approach. He doesn't seem given to self-analysis or angst and seems to have been something of a rock of stability at the centre of the band over the decades while 'the other 3', and their various replacements, kept dropping out, and quite often back in, for whatever reason. He's obviously a likeable bloke and very honest but sometimes it's as if he just does what he does and it either goes or it doesn't - he doesn't know why, nor is he interested in why. He sometimes has to sack people or face up to times when the band are let down or worse but he builds few, if any, grudges. His strength of character comes through in his approach to the loss of the tips of two of his fret-hand fingers on the eve of his first pro tour. That would floor a lot of people but, after a kind word of encouragement from a work colleague showing him the example of Django Rheinhardt, he sets to work finding his own solution and works through the painful process of adapting. Straightforward in style and content, if you're remotely interested in the lives of rock icons then this is well worth the read.