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Review: Black Sabbath - Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History
Book Review
Black Sabbath - Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History
Publisher: ECW Press
Author: Martin Popoff
Year published: 2006
ISBN: 1-55022-731-9
Pages: 355

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: December 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Black Sabbath - Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)

This book could have been subtitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Sabbath - and more..."  Martin Popoff is known to be thorough when doing biographies, but this is beyond thorough.  The book covers everything from the pre-Sabbath period all the way to 2006, just short of the Heaven and Hell thing with Dio (which had yet to happen when the book was written.)  The chapters are based on the albums - one album, one chapter, which make it easy to search for something that happened at a specific period of time (more or less, anyway.)  There are lots of details here, more than most people will care for, which is probably the only downside as sometimes this may drill down too much on a particular subject that the reader may not care much for - of course this is highly subjective.  The book is literally filled with excerpts of interviews with band members, complete with the British accent and slang in written form at times.  As if the very complete text wasn't enough, the book contains a lot of photos, some rather rare, as well as limited edition album covers, different covers for singles and what have you, and of course the occasional show posters and tickets from way back when.  There's no way to do this book justice in a short review, but let's just say that anyone with an interest in Black Sabbath should pick this up without hesitation.

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