Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe
by Mick Wall
St. Martin’s Press, 2015
The most legendary of all heavy metal bands, Black Sabbath has a long history with and without singer Ozzy Osbourne. Noted rock author and former publicist to the band Mick Wall gives fans a rundown of the band’s ups and downs in Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe, how they evolved from the Earth Blues Band to the pioneering heavy metal masters, and the revolving door of singers, bass players, and drummers. The book not only holds the original lineup as the most authentic, but gives due respect to the Ronnie James Dio era as well.
The first post-Dio era, featuring singers Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, and Tony Martin, were a dark time for Black Sabbath, and Wall does not hold back when addressing the dynamics of their relationships with the band. The…
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