A true tell all book about the one of the greatest names in Rock and Roll

Article first published as Book Review: Black Sabbath FAQ by Martin Popoff on Blogcritics.


In the later part of the 60’s, the era of peace and love, long hair and the flower child movement, there would be a deep, dark rumble coming from England, a sound that would change the rock and roll world and a sound that could never be silenced. In the later part of 1969 a group of four young named men Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, would be known as Black Sabbath and would genesis a new and powerful sound in music to be named Heavy Metal.

Author Martin Popoff, writer of over 30 books on the subject of Heavy Metal, Classic Rock and more has created for us a new, bold and complete offering, Black Sabbath FAQ – All that’s left to know on the first name in metal, a book that is the complete compendium of all that is Black Sabbath. This 400 page biography would invite you into history, starting with the groups humble beginnings at Vertigo records in London, throughout the years to today showing us the high points, the low points and even the tragic moments that make up the iconic lives of four talented musicians.

A Chronicle of the band’s albums from the self-titled album Black Sabbath to Reunion, this book captivates the reader with an honest, no holds reporting of all the fact, no feelings are spared and some idols are knocked off their pedestals. Read into the legendary lives of the group, about their days in the studio and nights on the road, about bands that were inspired by them as well as solo careers of each of the members. This book covers the band’s life of excess and their road to redemption, the days of the group with Dio and their memories of him, interviews with the members and the people who know them, quotes and little known trivia information that will amuse and astound the reader.

There is a very special component to Black Sabbath FAQ – All that’s left to know on the first name in metal, there is a complete compendium of every single, album, collectable album, photographs, cover art and obscure hit the band has ever done, domestic and import information, band line-ups and more. I am particularly fond of the chapter that relates to the little known feud between Black Sabbath and the group Blue Oyster Cult, whom were for a time great rivals in the Heavy Metal “Doom Rock” music venue. This is a must have for every music trivia buff, but more explicitly, for every fan of Rock and Roll, and Black Sabbath.

I strongly recommend you read Black Sabbath FAQ – All that’s left to know on the first name in metal, published by Backbeat Books, who have brought us other FAQ titles, this is, in my opinion, a triumph of Martin Popoff, whom has truly captured their true life moments on paper and has given us an opportunity to contemplate upon the “Masters of Metal” one more time.


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