Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Omnibus Press)
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In the world of heavy metal, no other band have lived life to the fullest, stared death in the face so many times, battled addition, warred within themselves and still emerged, unbowed with as much bloody-minded persistence as Black Sabbath. Joel McIver has conducted dozens of interviews with the musicians and those within the music industry who witnessed the rollercoaster ride of the band, as well as many other Sabbath musicians who have been and gone over the years. This is the ultimate guide to the Black Sabbath legend. Reviews for Joel s previous books: Written in a lively, unpretentious style, this A-Z has the answers. MOJO (Extreme Metal) Thorough and detailed in its research Kerrang! (Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica)
- Amazon Sales Rank: #214590 in Books
- Published on: 2007-03-15
- Released on: 2007-07-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Binding: Hardcover
- 400 pages
"It can't be easy to chronicle the entire hisotry of Black Sabbath. But Joel McIver has managed the seeming impossible. This is a thoroughly researched, well writted, balanced book that's neither afraid to criticise legends when necessary, nor fearful of praising eras many others dismiss. Unless everyone who's ever been involved with Sabbath decides to contribute to a massive book on the band, this will remain definitive." - Malcolm Dome, Total Rock
About the Author
Joel McIver contributes to several music magazines including Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Total Guitar and has written 10 books to date: his 2004 bestseller Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (Omnibus Press) was hailed as the ultimate book about the band. He appears regularly on radio and TV.
I'm not impressed!
The following is a quote from the Editorial Review section:
"This is a thoroughly researched, well written, balanced book that's neither afraid to criticise legends when necessary, nor fearful of praising eras many others dismiss." - Total Rock "Unless everyone who's ever been involved with Sabbath decides to contribute to a massive book on the band, this will remain definitive" - Total Rock
I have to strongly disagree with this. As a long time fan, I am familiar with much of the band's history through reading other books/magazines and watching television shows (VH1 Behind the Music etc.). This being said, let me explain my poor review. Please note, the review is not a review of the band - Black Sabbath has always been and will always be a giant in music history (even if the folks in Cleveland only recognized this a few years ago).
I have found many errors in the writing that even a casual fan would be able to pick out which makes the entire book suspect in its "facts". Examples - the author, while discussing Ozzy's first solo album provided opinions (as he does about all of the albums/CD's he mentions) and incorrectly lists the song "Goodbye to Romance" as "Goodbye to Friends". Additionally, he talks about the replacement of Bill Ward during the Heaven and Hell Tour with Vinny Appice. The author suggests that Vinny was brought on as the tour worked it's way through the midwest (US), listing Toledo, OH as a show where Vinny was a member. This is untrue, and I should know, I was at the Toledo show (and the following night in Detroit) and Bill Ward was indeed the drummer. Later, while discussing Ozzy's "Bark at the Moon" disc, he talks about a "Rhoad's" solo. Randy was not with us during this time frame - it was Jake E. Lee. Granted, these are minor details, but if someone can get these relatively simple facts wrong, what else is incorrect?
Further, the book is short on substance. It is basically a timeline of events with no real insight into why somthing happened, or how. There are a few interesting quotes, but there is not much here that you couldn't get by laying out all of the albums/discs and reading the liner notes. It seems more like a Wikipedia entry than a "thoroughly researched, well written...."
As mentioned earlier, the author critiques the Sabbath albums (as well as solo Ozzy albums) providing an opinion on whether the songs are good, bad or not to be considered. Quite frankly, I don't care what he thinks...this is supposed to be a history of the band. And, if he can't get the names of the songs right or the musicians that played on them, what makes the reader think that his opinions are any more insightful.
On a whole, there may be a few bits of information that are new, but for the most part, this in not the diffinitive history of the band.