Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath: ByTony Iommi

Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath
ByTony Iommi
(Da Capo Press)

Tony Iommi is a man of few words. He speaks in riffs, just like the music he’s written and put out there for us to enjoy for more than 40 years. That said; it’s no surprise to find out that his autobiography (with T.J. Lammers) is succinct and to the point.

Over the course of 369 pages, Iommi covers his entire life; not spending too much time on any one facet … with the exception of Black Sabbath. That topic dominates the book, as it should. It is fascinating to realize the output of this Birmingham quartet and the numerous line-up changes that took place once Ozzy Osbourne left in 1979.

Iommi has had a good life, from what I can gather. Again, there’s a lot of information included but not a lot of details. For instance, his much talked about relationship with Lita Ford back in the 80s is reduced to just a two-page chapter, and much of that is spent talking about how he lured Eric Singer away from being her drummer to join Black Sabbath and then making it up to her by getting Sharon Osbourne (then Arden) to manage her.

Most of the chapters in the book are short. Very short, in fact and that’s my only criticism. Nearly 370 pages of text are culled into 90 chapters! You do the math on the average page count per chapter. Perhaps Iommi should have approached the project as he does songwriting and concentrated on the riffs (the ideas). If he would have partnered with Ozzy, Geezer or even Tony Martin to write the actual text, we might have been blessed with several volumes of heavy metal history. C’est la vie.