Iron Man by Tony Iommi

Iron Man

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 addicti...

Details Iron Man

TitleIron Man
Release DateNov 1st, 2011
PublisherDa Capo Press
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, Autobiography

Reviews Iron Man

  • Forrest
    Black Sabbath's Master of Reality was the third album I ever bought. I think I was 11 years old. I had somehow developed a liking for rock music, maybe through my dad's penchant for '60s surf-music, I don't know. I had heard about Black Sabbath and was intrigued when I saw the album, I think at a K-mart. I had the money, so I bought it.Mom was not terribly pleased.But she didn't do anything rash about it. I just knew that if I wanted to listen to...
  • Stian
    So, you've been playing guitar for some three years and you're really into it. One day you go to work at the sheet metal factory where you work. This is, incidentally, your last day on the job. You're 17, and you don't really have any plans for the future: you're kind of hoping maybe all this guitar playing pays off somehow in the end.Then you have an accident. A momentary lapse of concentration and somehow you bungle up something, and you lose t...
  • Adam Light
    This is a perfect example of how a rock autobiography should flow. Each chapter was short, concise, to the point. I enjoyed the Black Sabbath riff master's story all the way through. I am a big fan, but this would have been a great read if I had known nothing about the band.
  • Twerking To Beethoven
    Blimey! I loved this book, it was...1. Extremely interesting. Short chapters, straight to the point, no bullshit, with plenty of information about the creative process, and the dynamics in the band. I've always been a bit of a metal-head, I'm not a die-hard Black Sabbath fan though. I enjoy their music alright but, as a matter of fact, I like Ozzy's solo efforts better, I'm more partial to the Dio material - "Heaven & Hell" and "Mob Rules", that ...
  • Rob Thompson
    I read three Black Sabbath books one after the other. Why? To get what I hoped was a balanced overview of the events surrounding the band. These were:1. Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe by Mick Wall2. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne3. Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath by Tony IommiPerhaps the two quotes that sum up all three books are these, which are both from I Am Ozzy:“I remember saying to Tony [Iommi], ‘Di...
  • David Raffin
    I did not go into this with great expectations. When I tell you this book is good I should be clear that I'm saying “it's good” not “it's good because it defied my expectations.” I have read a few terrible books written by people in bands. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is able to tell his story in a coherent and often amusing way. He manages to not come off unlikable even after setting drummer Bill Ward on fire several times, spray painting...
  • Jeff
    This is a GREAT read. Ninety chapters in 366 pages means Iommi writes kind of like he plays; riff-based. And he riffs great. Short, punchy, page-turning awesomeness. You won't want to put this down if you are at all a fan. There's a thorough history of the genesis of the band from the earliest days when Iommi was in a blues band, his reluctance to join up with Ozzy at first, the story of how Iommi lost his fingertips in an industrial accident on ...
  • Sarah
    The short stories in this book remind me of the feeling of listening to your grandfather ramble about random stories of his youth. Only if your grandfather was responsible for creating the sound behind Black Sabbath. The quick little anecdotal stories were hit and miss for me. It felt like he was trying to cram every single mildly interesting thing that had happened to him in his entire life. I would have preferred fewer stories that were more in...
  • Charles
    One of the better rock biographies I've read. Not just drugs and women, but quite a lot about the writing of the music and the various personages who have been associated with Black Sabbath over the years. A solid read, if not the most exciting rock biography I've ever read.
  • Sam
    As a fan of Black Sabbath I thought I'd pick up this autobiography of the man who created their revolutionary sound. Being new to the rockstar genre of life-stories I didn't really know what to expect but first things first, this book is written for the very simple. There's no other way round it! Not to cast aspersions on the average Black Sabbath listener but the turn of phrase and general flow is very child-like.That said, the content wasn't qu...
  • Chuck Slack
    First off, I am a big Black Sabbath fan. I saw them on their Mob Rules tour when I was 16. Fantastic show. I took my 16 year old son to see their 13 tour. Kind of a rite of passage. This book was fine. I enjoyed reading it. It is kind of a fluff piece as it didn’t get too heavy or dive into a lot of the antics (drugs, etc.) behind the scenes.I would have liked to read more about the antics. Ideally somewhere between Tony’s book and Ozzy’s b...
  • Aurélien Thomas
    Influential and legendary, Tony Iommi is also the only original member of Black Sabbath to have remained in the band throughout the years. Reading his autobiography you quickly understand why! Hard working, focused, ambitious... If his determination to play the guitar after his accident in a factory (that left him amputated of some of his fingertips) is telling, his short tenure in Jethro Tull was certainly not in vain when it comes to learning a...
  • KB
    Most of the books I've been reading have been by/about bands or artists I'm not really interested in, or maybe only mildly enjoy. But I love Black Sabbath. And I love Tony Iommi. There's something about him that feels a bit intimidating, but I've watched enough interviews with him by this point to know that he actually seems like a nice guy; funny, even. And that's the Iommi you get in this book. Honest, open, funny, self-critical and not taking ...
  • East Bay J
    Tony Iommi would probably say I gave him a little too much stick in my review of For The Record 2: Black Sabbath. He’d be correct, too. I could blame Ozzy for the weird animosity I’ve developed toward Iommi over the years. This is with Iommi being one of my very favorite guitarists and a guitarist who’s had an influence on my playing and songwriting.I remember having this Ozzy home video (that’s VHS, kids) called Don’t Blame Me. I used ...
  • Luciano
    Black Sabbath has been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid. One of my first albums was Paranoid. At the time I was in 4th grade or so. Since I grew up with them, I have a really affinity for anything Black Sabbath related. I read Ozzy's book, "I am Ozzy." a year or two ago, and wanted to continue reading more intimate portraits of the band through other band member's eyes.Although through the years I have heard how Tony Iommi had lost the ...
  • Andres
    A good one, but somehow I expected more. "I am Ozzy" is much more rounded and, lets say, human. This one tends to slip into "then we got this guy and that and recorded and toured" kind of chronicles which tends to be hard to read. Throughout the book, I got a nagging feeling that there is a lot untold. People just disappear from the story, there are hints at hard feelings but not a word on how they developed. Maybe it is too much to expect, but I...
  • Tim Shaw
    Tony Iommi walks us through his life in Black Sabbath and before. Lots of great information about Tony and Sabbath I did not know and I thought I had heard most of it. This book gives us a great deal about the more forgotten albums and eras of Sabbath for the die-hard fan. We've all heard about how Iron Man was written or why Ozzy was fired. I wanted to read more about Technical Ecstasy, Seventh Star, and Tyr. Well, Tony takes us through it--albu...
  • Nick Cato
    Pretty much a by-the-numbers rock bio, but I liked reading about all the line up changes during Sabbath’s post-Dio 80s era. I also completely missed Iommi’s 2000 solo album with a host of guest vocalists, so the book turned me on to some new music. The Michael Bolton story is priceless. Good stuff.
  • Alistair Baptista
    An eye-opening book that takes you through a gamut of emotions, told in a reader-friendly tone, with heavy doses of fun and rock 'n' roll hijinx.
  • Ian Casey
    I had set Bill Ward on fire before, but this time things got out of hand.Tony Iommi may now be permanently ensconced as the proverbial 'Man, Myth, and Legend', but his book 'Iron Man' is, as its title reinforces, all about the first part of that triumvirate (or tritone, if you will).With so much ground to cover, it's chopped up into many tiny pieces. Despite its unremarkable word count, the book contains a whopping 90 chapters in my first edition...
  • Dr. Detroit
    For most of junior high and high school, Hoss’s house on Sherwood Court was party central on the weekends since his widowed mother was seldom home, either at work, out on dates, or babysitting bar stools somewhere. Hoss was a good seven months older than the rest of us and able to legally purchase beer, wine, and liquor while we were all still in 11th grade. That’s called a “bonus.” Of course we all took full advantage of the situation, p...
  • Julian
    The book is well written and neatly organized. I particularly enjoyed the first half, where Tommy walks you through his early years as a musician and the formation and early years of Black Sabbath. After a while, however, the book or myself ran out of steam and it became too slow. Or maybe it was a reflection of those years where Sabbath had an employee turnover higher than that of a McDonalds graveyard shift. They were so poorly managed and unpr...
  • Ruel
    A better editor would have improved this book tremendously. I appreciate trying to capture Iommi's voice in print, but at times it's a sloppy read. It's about 100 pages too long and quite repetitive in the last half: snort coke, write a new album, go on tour, buy a Rolls-Royce, and complain about the band's management. It's interesting at first, but loses its steam at the midway point. For diehard Black Sabbath fans only.
  • Sal
    A fairly perfunctory rock bio. I was amused by how Tony downplays his prodigious cocaine abuse, but then goes on in detail about various paranoid delusions without ever putting 2+2 together (if you're running around your lawn in your underwear at 4am waving a gun and looking for unseen intruders, you should probably cut back on the blow).
  • Stephen
    candid and humourous account of tony iommi account of growing and being in black sabbath and about his life in general
  • Frank
    Poorly written, very disjointed and unforgivably dull.
  • Mason
    I Read this a few months ago, It was a fast ride through the guitarists life.
  • Jerry Lannon
    Well-written account from Sabbath's lead guitar player. Great insight into the band's history and Tony's experiences. Makes you feel like you're "one of the blokes"
  • Michael
    At best, I would consider myself a casual fan of Black Sabbath. There's no denying the fact that they invented not only heavy metal, but paved the way for every other band after them to pledge their allegiance to Satan. I didn't get into the band until Ronnie James Dio joined and believe me, I got a lot of grief for not enjoying the original lineup as much as everyone else did. The point here is that Iommi's biography is meant for a wide audience...