The name 'Tony Iommi' sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world.
As lead guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style - a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory - created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. Sabbath went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest - with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it.
In Iron Man, Iommi goes on the record about Black Sabbath and recounts his life story in detail and depth. It is the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock's greatest heroes.
About the Author
Born in the midlands, Tony Iommi is the co-founding member of Black Sabbath, and creator of the sound that came to be known as Heavy Metal, one of the most enduring and important British contributions to popular music.
‘This memoir [is] dead certain to appeal to heavy-metal fans of all ages...With plenty of behind-the-scenes stories and fresh perspectives on some of music's most notorious characters...this is a frank and honest look at a special part of rock history.’ - RollingStone.com
‘The book recounts all the ups and downs the guitarist experienced with Ozzy Osbourne and company.’ - Houston Press
‘Written in short, easily digestible chapters, Iommi's autobiography is full of revelations and observations of his career...A good read.’ - USA Today
‘Iommi has a story that needs to be told...Iommi tells his story simply and chronologically, making it easy for anyone to slip into the fast-paced tale. And yes, while there are plenty of drug-fueled antics, there's no doubt the focus is on the music here, as it should be...Iommi emerges from "Iron Man" seeming like a true trailblazer without sounding immodest or unkind--and I've learned that's quite a feat, especially after reading, say, Motley Crue's The Dirt.’ - New York Daily News
‘A raucous autobiography...He brainstormed one of the heaviest and darkest sounds known to man. But Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi makes a surprisingly sweet narrator of his own life.’ - Ultimateclassicrock.com
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th November 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.3