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Experiencing Black Sabbath : A Listener's Companion, Hardback Book

Experiencing Black Sabbath : A Listener's Companion Hardback

Part of the Listener's Companion series


Black Sabbath has often been credited with inventing heavy metal with their first album released in 1970.

Their new style of music was loud, brutal, scary, innovative, and it has greatly influenced heavy metal bands since then.

Their five decades of music cross generations of fans, and they remain relevant to this day, with their 2013 album charting #1 in the United States and at least five other countries. In Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion, musician and scholar Nolan Stolz leads the reader through Sabbath's twenty studio albums and additional songs, closely examining their music and the storied history of the band.

Along the way, Stolz highlights often-overlooked key moments that defined Sabbath's unique musical style and legacy.

Band members' own words illuminate certain aspects of the music, and Stolz makes connections from song to song, album to album, and sometimes across decades to create an intricate narrative of the band's entire catalog. Experiencing Black Sabbath reveals the underappreciated genius of these heavy metal progenitors to all rock music lovers and gives even the most fervent Sabbath fans a new perspective on the music.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Music reviews & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781442256910

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