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Black Sabbath

Pioneers of Heavy Metal

Series: Rebels of Rock

By Brian Aberback

Black Sabbath, the band that created heavy-metal music, could not envision making rock history when the band formed in Birmingham, England, in the late 1960s. Back then, the poor and working-class young men of Black Sabbath were hoping to simply make a living playing music so that they could escape a life confined to boring factory work. Black Sabbath’s journey from Birmingham to the big time is a remarkable story of highs and lows, of fallout and reconciliation. Their music and their aggressive, rebellious nature have inspired and influenced countless bands in a number of rock genres, from hard rock and heavy metal to punk to rap.

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Reviews

"This presents a good overview of the heavy metal pioneers."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2010

"Refreshingly levelheaded and loaded with sourced quotes, it’s that rare middle-grade biography (or “rockography,” as the title page insists) that is able to trace a band’s history, revel in its rock awesomeness, and be blunt about such things as drug abuse, all the while keeping things at an age-appropriate keel."

Booklist, November 1, 2010

"Through this book, old and new fans alike learn about the band’s history and impact on the music industry."

Children's Literature

"Avid fans of rock music will find these titles appealing, entertaining, and enlightening . . . Direct quotes add life to the well-written and lively narratives . . ."

School Library Journal, February 2011

". . . good starting points for rock-and-roll researchers . . . Clean design, including. many photographs, make the information easy to follow . . ."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2011

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