Who Invented Heavy Metal?

If you’re reading this on my Black Sabbath site, it is a pretty foregone conclusion what the thought you have for the answer is.  Still, Martin Popoff, noted rock author has penned a book with that exact question.  Check out some details from his latest…

Doom Let Loose

This book came out last August, and I’ve had it on my to do list to get on the site forever, and in a rather unusual fit of forgetfulness, I’ve kept forgetting to do it. I want to issue a huge apology to Martin Popoff the author of said book. I told him several times […]

How Black was our Sabbath in Paperback

Folks who regularly read my site know that I pushed awhile back for you to buy the book “How Black Was our Sabbath: A View From the Crew”. It’s a wonderful book on the early history of Black Sabbath from some of the guys that lived it with the band – the tour crew. This […]

Black Sabbath Book Update

www.rockdetector.com 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’, […]

More Book Stuff

It’s also been brought to my attention that I have not posted a review of the book “How Black was our Sabbath: A View from the Crew”. One of the authors (David Tangye) was kind enough to send me a copy of his book awhile back, and I read it. And loved it. It’s a […]

Winners of Book Trivia Contest

I’m sorry for the delay in posting the winners of my contests back in November. Lots of delays with the holidays and all that. Here’s the winning answers: 1. Q: What was the original name of the song “Seventh Star”? (The song, not the album) A: Star of India 2. Bob Daisley & Eric Singer […]

Never Say Die Book

I have a few notices about the Garry Sharpe-Young book, “Black Sabbath: Never Say Die 1979-1997”. First off, I haven’t gotten a copy yet, when I do, expect I’ll have a big review of it online. From what I’ve read of it already, it looks phenomenal. There is already a chapter online over at the […]

Iommi in Guitar One Magazine

Also in the magazine front comes word that Guitar One has Tony Iommi featured on the front cover of their November 2003 issue. Here’s a blurb about the issue.. “Check out the November Guitar One magazine: The Metal Issue. It’s a blow-out celebration of metal, a full-on tribute to its founders, its flamekeepers, and it’s […]

Black Sabbath Books

There are two new Black Sabbath books that you should be paying attention to. Book #1: First is “How Black was our Sabbath: A View from the Crew” by David Tangye & Graham Wright. This book is written from a road crew that followed Sabbath around in the 1970’s. In it, they tell stories (most […]


In addition to the Black Sabbath Oral History book below that’s being reissued, I’ve got some updates on some other reissues. BLACK & BLUE First up is the old Black & Blue Black Sabbath/Blue Oyster Cult concert film from 1980. I reported below on it’s being re-released, and it’s now available for pre-order. You can […]