"What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I'm still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I'm looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we're able. My best wishes to you all, I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, most of all, stay positive."
Tony Iommi has just released the paperback version of his autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell With Black Sabbath; with new chapters added bringing everything up to date, including Iommi's battle with lymphoma. The audio book, with a listening length of 11 hours and 31 minutes, has also been issued for Kindle, iPhone, iPod, Android, or 500+ MP3 players.
An update from Iommi states: "Good news, the audio version of my book is now available, taken a bit of time but we've all been busy! I had a go myself but wasn't comfortable when I listened back. Normally you just get an actor to voice it but I didn't want someone who didn't know me or the music business so I asked my old mate Bev Bevan (former Black Sabbath / MOVE / ELO drummer) as he already has a radio show and lived some of the chapters with me! I'm really pleased how it's turned out."
Listen to Bev discuss voicing the book below:
Check out the book with audio clips at this location.
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell With Black Sabbath was originally released as a hardcover book in November 2011.
Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.
Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.