Iron Man

Iron Man

My Journey Through Heaven and Hell With Black Sabbath

Book - 2011
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Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone . Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780306819551
Characteristics: xiii, 383 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lammers, T. J.


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Mar 17, 2014

A good read about Tony's life. I really enjoyed reading about his recollection of each album he recorded with the band and who he worked with for each album. The stories of craziness were entertaining and I'm sure there are many more stories to be told that weren't told in this book. I agree with the reviewer who stated that Tony never really said whether or not he quit cocaine. I sure hope he quit that junk! I can't compare this to Ozzy's book because I havn't read his yet but I plan to soon.

Dec 16, 2013

Lacks the storytelling punch of I am Ozzy or How Black was Our Sabbath, but still a fascinating, humorous account of the band and Iommi's life. An interesting aspect of the book is that whilst Iommi implies his use of cocaine was scaled back over the years, he never conclusively says he actually got clean and reading through some of his decisions (for example, re-hiring a former bandmanager who conned the band out of millions), you wonder how much damage the years of drug use did to him, let alone to Ozzy, whose well-documented excess made even his bandmates look tame in comparison. Well worth the read

drofdeb Sep 16, 2013

Tony Iommi's book is not as good as the Ozzy book "I am Ozzy", neither is his versions of Black Sabbath. Ronnie James Dio sounds like a real jerk for a midget, proving he was the "cruise ship Ozzy". This book was o.k but with all the personel changes after Ozzy left the band (or was fired?) the read became a dizzing one. Kinda fun in spots, but sub par to OZZY's book. 2 out of 5 stars.

Apr 02, 2012

This is an enjoyable read. Tony has a good sense of humour, it made me chuckle more than a few times when he talks about the pranks they played on each other.

It's nice to read history from a maker instead of a bystander.

Jan 14, 2012

The long-awaited autobiography from the grandfather of heavy metal music --- the riff-meister --- Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Iommi doesn't delve into the gossip of Sabbath's break up and seemingly endless, revolving door band member replacements, but instead weaves a fragile tapestry of observation throughout the book. You don't really get to know Tony Iommi, nor do you learn anything new, or at least learn anything that can't be found on the Internet. This autobiography could have used a proofreader or copy editor as it's fraught with grammatical errors. Perhaps that's the point? Iron Man is even more of a must-read for Black Sabbath fans with the startling news of Iommi's diagnosis of lymphoma. The original band members are planning to re-unite for an album and tour. European dates have already been announced for May and June 2012. Hopefully Iommi's illness won't put an end to the new album and concer tour.

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