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Black Sabbath's 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 young adult 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.
Posted February 9, 2009
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I ordered this book from B&N based on people's recs, most notably Mz Whitney Matheson from POP CANDY. I had never heard of the author, or the band he's in. I doubt I'll be checking them out anytime soon.<BR/>Anyway, the book is basically a review of Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality" album, but told through the journal of a young patient / inmate? at a mental health facility. I have to admit, I could relate. I'm 40 yrs old, but I still quote lyrics constantly, and I give music, especially METAL, vast significance in my life. <BR/>So I did appreciate the premise and basic idea of this book.<BR/>In the end however, I was a little disappointed in the execution.<BR/>It's interesting and well written, but it's lacking...something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.