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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 May 4, 2014
Not a tradional review or take on one in any sense but an interesting one. A confused kid locked in a hospital trying to get his tapes to provide some comfort and explain himslef through the music and words of Black SabbathWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.