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Black Sabbath's Master of Reality - 33 1/3 Series

Master of Reality<br> by John Darnielle Black Sabbath's Master of Reality - 33 1/3 Series
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: John Darnielle
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 102
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0826428991
ISBN-13: 9780826428998

About the Book:

By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the 33 1/3 series explores critically acclaimed and much-loved albums by famous recording artists. This book is a fascinating, fictional, psychological insight into the teenage metal mind, from one of America's most beloved indie songwriters.

Black Sabbath's album Master of Reality has maintained remarkable historical status over several generations; it's a touchstone for the directionless, and common coin for young men and women who've felt excluded from the broader cultural economy. John Darnielle hears it through the ears of Roger Painter, a fifteen-year-old boy locked in a southern California adolescent psychiatric center in 1985; deprived of his Walkman and hungry for comfort, he explains Black Sabbath as one might describe air to a fish, or love to an android, hoping to convince his captors to give him back his tapes.

What people say:

"John Darnielle is the single constant behind the group the Mountain Goats and arguably the most rewarding lyricist working today. Taking into account his prolific wordsmithery ("Laugh lines on our faces / scale maps of the ocean floor") and affinity for horror both cinematic and literary ("Heretic Pride," the most recent Mountain Goats album, has song titles naming Fu Manchu creator Sax Rohmer and H.P. Lovecraft), it shouldn't come as a surprise that he'd contribute to Continuum's 33 1/3 series of short books pegged to iconic albums. But Master of Reality departs brilliantly from the typical 33 1/3 format, not just by choosing fiction over criticism or recording history, but in its structural gambits and unwavering sense of purpose." — Los Angeles Times

"I'd like to give a special shout-out to John Darnielle's book about Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, published as part of Continuum's 33 1/3 series of album-themed books… If you like the band, you'll like this book. If you like intense young-adult takes like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you'll like this book. No matter what, by the end, you'll be racing to purchase Master of Reality, which is a beautiful thing." — USA Today

"Forget the other 33 1/3s, this belongs next to The Catcher in the Rye." — Decibel Magazine

"Darnielle's novella is not only a touchstone in the series, it is a powerful and potent book in its own right. Utterly compelling." — Community Care (UK)

"This is a masterly look at the corrosive emotion of youth, and the invaluable solace that music gives. Read it, even if you'd rather stick knitting needles in your ears than listen to the album in question. Because its about you." — The Big Takeover magazine

About the Author:

John Darnielle is the singer and songwriter otherwise known as the Mountain Goats.