Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath : Symptom of the Universe

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'An epic tale, told the way it should be' RECORD COLLECTOR

'The book he was born to write' CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

'An entertaining read for long-standing fans and newcomers alike' GUITARIST

The final word on the only name synonymous with heavy metal - Black Sabbath.

Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with the subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. A four-piece formed from the ashes of two locally well-known groups called The Rare Breed (Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler) and Mythology (guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward), all four founding members of the original Black Sabbath grew up within half-a-mile of each other.

This biography tells the story of how they made that dream come true - and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. How at the height of their fame, Sabbath discovered they had been so badly ripped off by their managers they did not even own their own songs. How they looked for salvation from Don Arden - an even more notorious gangster figure, who resurrected their career but still left them indebted to him, financially and personally. And how it finally came to a head when in 1979 they sacked Ozzy: 'For being too out of control - even for us,' as Bill Ward put it.

The next 15 years would see a war break out between the two camps: the post-Ozzy Sabbath and Ozzy himself, whose solo career overshadowed Sabbath to the point where, when he offered them the chance to reform around him again, it was entirely on his terms. Or rather, that of his wife and manager, daughter of Don Arden - Sharon Osbourne.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 199 x 24mm | 312g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • illustrations (black and white, and colour)
  • 1409118460
  • 9781409118466
  • 78,472

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The band's uppers and downers are recounted here with amusing and sobering appraisal, making this an entertaining read for long-standing fans and newcomers alike. GUITARIST 20140601
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The band's uppers and downers are recounted here with amusing and sobering appraisal, making this an entertaining read for long-standing fans and newcomers alike. * GUITARIST * Wall has a marvellous turn of phrase... required reading for all fans, regardless of their preferred era. * IRISH NEWS * Wall delivers the book he was born to write. * CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE * ...the book's research was super, getting the balance between fact and fiction spot on destroying a lot of the myths surrounding the band and also giving great insight into the Bill Ward debacle. -- Kevin Bell * Waterstones.com * ..the real advantage that Wall enjoys over all the other Sabbath biographers is that he worked for the musicians as a PR and knew them all personally... as a result (he) is able to portray the Sabbath members as they really are. ...It's an epic tale, told the way it should be. -- Joel McIver * RECORD COLLECTOR *
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About Mick Wall

Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre), Guns N' Roses and Lemmy. He lives in England.
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4 51% (352)
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2 3% (21)
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