Tony Iommi is the lead guitarist for the band Black Sabbath. Considered by some to be the father of “heavy metal”, Black Sabbath has had an enormous influence on the music industry, giving birth to the genre of “heavy metal.” In his memoir, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell With Black Sabbath, he recounts the events in his life that lead him to form the band, as well as tells of how certain events impacted and influenced his life.
From early points in his life, such as the domestic violence between his parents, to events such as the death of former lead singer Ronnie James Dio, Iommi discusses his experiences as well as his struggle with other former band-mates. Some other memorable accounts of Iommi’s experiences on the road while the band was on tour, and the struggles each of the band-mates faced during the times Black Sabbath songs were on the charts are also recounted.
Iommi discusses his intimate relationship with the band members, the effects that drugs had on all of them, his relationship with singer/guitarist Lita Ford, and the bands rivalry with other successful bands of the time, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple.
On March 13, 2006, Black Sabbath was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All in all, Iommi concludes, “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved. We spawned a whole new generation of music, of players…It’s extremely rewarding.” “I enjoy where I’m at now, I really do. It’s a good place”. There is talk of a Black Sabbath tour in 2012, I for one, am looking for to that!
The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton, is not only a historical survey of sculpture and figure as an art form, but also serves as a personal memoir of the husband and wife. Various sculptures are discussed along with the impact these pieces had on both Howard and Slatton respectively.
As one reads The Art of Life, it is expressly seen how “beauty is the doorway to higher consciousness.” How art affects our interpretations and emotions along with the significant moments in life and how they stand out from the ordinary mundane experience is expressed. “They catapult us into another, deeper realm of awareness, a realm of possibility and creativity”. Slatton further conveys her own personal experiences with sculpture as she discusses her overwhelming emotional reaction to first seeing the Winged Victory as she states “I became someone for whom a magical form had unveiled a hidden realm”.
The Art of Life is not a very long book, 125 pages, but there is a richness of personal awareness, artful interpretation of the conscious and subconscious, the past and present, and an interweaving of the realm of time on a cosmic level as well as individual level. Howard and Slatton do a great job in projecting the historical concepts of this art form in addition to allowing the reader into their heart and mind by discussing the impact that art has had on their life. For anyone who appreciates art, this is a great, short little book to enlighten the mind on the human figure, its disposition and how art truly reflects life.
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