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Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.
Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.
©2011 Tony Iommi (P)2012 Tony Iommi
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By Natalie on 12-26-12

The story: interesting; The narration-terrible.

I am a HUGE Black Sabbath fan, and this book did deliver some excellent behind the scenes stuff for me, however I found it a tad guarded, compared to some other rock bios. I also think Tony's sense of humour was lacking, perhaps it was just the way the story was written (or the ghost writer's work), so it was a bit dry. Although I've read other Black Sabbath books, this gave me a different take on the rise of the band, also the band members diverse personalities and contributions etc. So I enjoyed that a great deal. The narration was terrible though, I didn't appreciate hearing the narrator swallow and shuffle in his seat constantly. Perhaps it needs to be performed again with a better narrator to make it more enjoyable to listen to?

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By Mr_Improvement on 02-21-15

Straightforward chronology

Iron Man is a straightforward account of Tony's life chronologically without a specific structure or point.
I'm a super-fan, so I liked it a lot; but there wouldn't be enough here for someone who wasn't.
There are occasional stories that are either very funny or fascinating.
Bev Bevans's performance is spot on. Casual & engaging. It's like sitting down for an evening with Tony on his couch.

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By R. facer on 09-14-17

disappointing overall

As a big fan of Sabbath and Iommi, great guitarist and song writer, i looked forward to this audio book immensely. Sadly it became a bit same old same old after a while. . record af album, tour, drugs, punch ups the aroung and around. . got bored

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By Mr. P. R. Eastwood on 01-30-17

Very entertaining and incredible story of a legend

I had been wanting to give this a listen for a considerable amount of due, finally I got to listen and it was a really great listen. Some of Tony's stories are hilarious and he speaks openly about about all the chaos that ensued from pre sabbath up until 2012 just before '13'.

This is definitely going to be recommended to all my friends and thank you to Tony for being such an influence of me and the rest of the world.

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