Black Sabbath Book Update executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of Black Sabbath’s complete recording history from the earliest demos through to the ‘Reunion’ album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised Sabbath related titles under his belt, ‘The story of the Ozzy Osbourne band’ and ‘Black Sabbath – Never Say Die’, Garry has spent the best part of a year researching this upcoming tome.
“For me, the fascination with the previous books was in getting all the behind the scenes detail on how the bands functioned behind the scenes. From the many letters from Sabbath fans I received, it just seemed obvious to apply that detail to the songs themselves. With ‘Complete recording history’ I’m tackling each album song by song. Where the ideas came from, how they were recorded, evolved and what impact they had.”
Garry’s previous works received unanimous glowing praise from the Sabbath community. “Even Tony Iommi rang me to say he thought I’d done a good job!” Exclusive interviews included more than 50 related musicians including, amongst many others, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Ian Gillan, Tony Martin, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, Geoff Nicholls, David Donato, Eric Singer, Rudy Sarzo, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Carmine Appice, Tommy Aldridge, Bobby Rondinelli, Dave Spitz, Bernie Torme, Brad Gillis, Phil Soussan, Jo Burt, Terry Chimes and the late Cozy Powell, Randy Castillo and Ray Gillen.
“Right now I’m looking for comments from other musicians on these classic songs. I’m asking well known Rockers about their favourite Sabbath tracks, what they mean to them, how these songs impacted upon them as musicians and their own musical analysis of the songs themselves. I think its befitting that Black Sabbath’s legacy should be honoured by those prominent in the Heavy Metal community. After all, which Metal guitarist has not at some stage played a Tony Iommi riff? Even my 12 year old son is blasting out ‘Symptom of the universe’!”
‘Black Sabbath – The Complete Recording History’ is slated for a late 2005 publication. Any musicians wishing to contribute should contact Garry through the Rockdetector website.