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Four New Black Sabbath Books To Be Published This Year (3/20/2006)

Expect four new Black Sabbath books this year:


#1. "Doom Let Loose" by Martin Popoff. Expected release date: August 1, 2006

Synopsis: Nearly 40 years of drugs, depression, booze, the Beast, and paranoia are laid out in unflinching detail in this journey into the wicked world of Black Sabbath. With numerous albums that are routinely on "best of" lists, an influence on contemporary acts that cannot be overstated, and an original lineup—fronted by the infamously addled Ozzy Osbourne—that continues to tour, Black Sabbath still fills coliseums and amphitheaters all over the world. Through rare and previously unpublished interviews, documents, and artifacts spanning the band's entire career, readers get an all-access pass to Sabbath's manic history, from bat-biting to rehab. The book contains new and never-before-seen photos and conversations that shed more light on metal's dark forefathers. Every album is cataloged, every song poured over, and every tour deconstructed—making this headlong rush down metal-memory lane the definitive reference to the band.

Click here to pre-order this book from Amazon.com

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#2. "Rat Salad - Black Sabbath: The Classic Years 1969-1975" by first-time author Paul Wilkinson. Expected release date: April 25, 2006

Synopsis: A winning account of Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Sabbath in their early, glory years.

Black Sabbath is one of the most outrageous, yet long-lasting bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. This informative, idiosyncratic and beguiling book paints a vivid picture of their colourful early history — interwoven with all the most crucial news stories of the time: from Vietnam to Bloody Sunday and the Space program.

Where Rat Salad diverges from routes taken by most rock biographies, however, is in its detailed analysis of the band’s first six albums. These chapters — think Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head meets Spinal Tap — occupy about half the book and persuasively explain the appeal of the music, its compositional artistry and its frequently audacious inventiveness.

Original and passionate, Rat Salad embraces a remarkably diverse cast of characters — from Ozzy Osbourne himself and the other band members, through to Edith Sitwell, Breugel the Elder, John Milton and Doris Day. The author’s hand looms large in the piece. We see him both as a boy and man — from schoolboy ingénue to inveterate devotee — as he looks back at a life populated with love, sex, drugs and death played out against a backdrop of crucifixes and power chords.

Click here to pre-order this book from Amazon.com

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#3. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by Joel McIver. Expected release date: October 9, 2006

Synopsis: In the world of heavy metal, no other band have lived life to the fullest, stared death in the face so many times, battled addiction, warred within themselves and still emerged, unscathed, unbowed with as much bloody-minded persistence as Black Sabbath. Joel McIver has conducted dozens of interviews with the musicians and those within the 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.

Joel is well known for his bestseller called "Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica". More info on Joel can be found at www.joelmciver.co.uk.

Click here to pre-order this book from Amazon.com

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#4. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath: The Battle for Black Sabbath" by Garry Sharpe-Young. Expected release date: March 2006

Synopsis: For over a full decade Black Sabbath had dominated Heavy Metal. As much as Led Zeppelin scorned the term Black Sabbath embraced it. In an age of bona fide supergroups Sabbath were unquestionably the heaviest thing stalking the planet and quite remarkably had remained a solid unit where others around them suffered ongoing membership fall outs and line-up reincarnations. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward had weathered internal storms just as ferocious as every other band out on the circuit but had remained resolute. They had conquered the globe, sold close to 50 million albums and without concession had not pulled back one iota from delivering absolute, pure Heavy Metal.

In 1977 the unthinkable happened. Ozzy Osbourne decamped. He would be lured back for one last album 'Never Say Die' before flying solo, rapidly building a band unit that would equal the repute of the mothership.

Between 1979 and 1997 Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne were pitched against each other in a titanic struggle unprecedented in Rock n' Roll. Both stars would employ the very finest players of the genre in the conflict and produce some of the finest Heavy Metal of the generation in the process. Tony Iommi, the man who without question invented Heavy Metal, fronted up Sabbath with vocal legends such as Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin against Ozzy's awesome arsenal of guitar innovators Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde.

Both Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne reinvented their bands time and time again. The huge array of elite players that travelled through the ranks is now a constant source of fascination and rumours for Sabbath fanatics.

'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath: The Battle for Black Sabbath' reforges the author's two previous landmark tomes 'Ozzy Osbourne: The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne band' & 'Black Sabbath: Never Say Die!' along with additional material into this one definitive Metal milestone. Complete with over 100 photographs, many never seen before, and unique interviews, including with the late Ray Gillen and Cozy Powell as well as the highly controversial figure of Jeff Fenholt and mysterious Dave Donato, 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' is the definitive account of those years (1979 to 1997) before the reunion.

Exclusive interview content with: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Cozy Powell, Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Tony Martin, Geoff Nicholls, Rob Halford, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Carmine Appice, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Murray, Dave Spitz, Eric Singer, David Donato, Jeff Fenholt, Bobby Rondinelli, Rudy Sarzo, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo, Bernie Torme, Brad Gillis, Jo Burt, Pete Way, Dana Strum, Terry Chimes, Lita Ford, Steve Vai, Don Airey, Lindsey Bridgewater, Terry Nails and many, many more.

Additional details: 10 page discography appendix detailing 264 career albums and singles from Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Bill Ward, Geezer and Tony Iommi; plus 8 page index with 694 entries.

This book is not yet listed on Amazon. For more information, go to rockdetector.com


Source: sabbathlive.com / rockdetector.com / amazon.com / Ozzyhead

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