Gregg Akkerman's Review of Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath (Da Capo Press, 2012) by Tony Iommi
Having previously read and reviewed Ozzy Osbourne's autobiography, I was considerably intrigued to see what the driving force behind all incarnations of Black Sabbath would have to say about many of the same events. Frankly, I was impressed at how often the two band members were in near agreement on the various scenarios of cocaine-laced pranks they played upon their long-suffering drummer, Bill Ward. No wonder it is often Ward who is the last one willing to sign on for the intermittent Sabbath reunions. The poor guy doesn't want to be set on fire any more.
And that pretty much sums up what seems to be the most impressionable memories of one of rocks greatest riff-master guitarists: how many practical jokes were played on others and how severe was the retribution. True revelations of his guitar technique, soul-searching inspiration, heart-breaking marriages, and children growing up without a father are seldom offered. A hint is dropped now and again, but Iommi is mostly limiting himself to tales that would amuse the idolizing male rockers that have always admired him from the audience. He does not challenge readers over the age of 15, and even sadder, he does not challenge himself.
For me, the writing in this book equates to Sabbath during the Tony Martin years--serviceable, but a pale imitation of the glory days with Ozzy or even the solid efforts of Ronnie James Dio.
Akkerman rates it 2.5 Rock-Stars out of 5.
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