Iron Man: My Journey Through Hell and Back With Black Sabbath

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!

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