Black Sabbath

Song by Song

Steve Pilkington

An in-depth look at the recording career of rock legends Black Sabbath, focusing on each song individually, album by album, with facts and critical assessment together with a look at the album art, chart positions etc. The book will cover every studio album recorded by the band, as well as looking at their live albums and DVD/video appearances.
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Series :
Song by Song
Illustration :
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781556610
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Many bands may lay claim to inventing or popularising the term ‘heavy metal’, but few would deny that Black Sabbath have defined the genre in the minds of many, and have come to embody its popular image. From the ‘classic’ first decade with singer Ozzy Osbourne, through the Ronnie James Dio period and the oft-overlooked later albums, the Sabbath name has always been a trademark of quality, despite some less celebrated, though often fascinating, periods.

To commemorate the final retirement of the band, lifelong devotee Steve Pilkington takes the reader through every song on every one of the band’s studio albums, taking in the highs and occasional lows, as well as looking at the cover artwork and stories behind the albums. He also discusses live recordings and DVD releases. The result will surely be regarded as the most exhaustive guide to the band’s music yet produced, as critical opinion rubs shoulders with facts, trivia and anecdotes to provide the ultimate guide to this legendary band. Whether you are a hard core fan, or simply want a guide to what lies beyond Paranoid, this book is for you.

About The Author

Steve Pilkington is a freelance music journalist, proofreader and broadcaster. He has been features editor for the Classic Rock Magazine ‘Rock Society’ for several years, as well as chief writer, and also contributes regularly to ‘Prog’ magazine. Even before taking on this work full-time he spent years writing for fanzines, and an internet music review site, on a part-time basis. He is currently working with legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap on his official biography. In addition, Steve presents a weekly Progressive Rock radio show called ‘A Saucerful Of Prog’ for Firebrand Radio, which airs every Sunday.

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