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Crazy Train: The high life and tragic death of Randy Rhoads

Crazy Train: The high life and tragic death of Randy Rhoads

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by Joel McIver
     
 

Randall Rhoads, born in California in 1956 and cut down in his prime at the age of only 26, has been an immense influence on a whole generation of musicians in rock and metal. He first came to international prominence in 1979, when he was recruited from the cult metal band Quiet Riot to play with Ozzy Osbourne, who had been fired from Black Sabbath for his drink

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Randall Rhoads, born in California in 1956 and cut down in his prime at the age of only 26, has been an immense influence on a whole generation of musicians in rock and metal. He first came to international prominence in 1979, when he was recruited from the cult metal band Quiet Riot to play with Ozzy Osbourne, who had been fired from Black Sabbath for his drink and drug addictions and was in urgent need of a co-writer to kickstart a solo career. How and why Ozzy and Randy went on to find enormous success is one of the key themes of Crazy Train, named after the first and most famous Osbourne/Rhoads co-composition. It was Randy's pioneering combination of neo-classical soloing, catchy riffage and unforgettable songwriting which propelled Ozzy. The two albums that Randy recorded with Quiet Riot and the two with Ozzy showcase the young guitarist's immense ability, although the full extent of his talent may never have been revealed. In 1982 he died in an air crash. The parallels between Crazy Train and the author's best-selling To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton (Jawbone 2009) are intentional and obvious. Both books deal with a musical prodigy who died tragically in his mid-20s; both men have a vast following and a profile which has risen in the years since their deaths; and both men have a large coterie of friends, family and associates prepared to tell their stories for the very first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906002374
Publisher:
Outline Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
541,180
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Joel McIver is the bestselling author of Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica which has been translated into 9 languages. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, and he is the occasional guest on BBC. He is currently the editor of Bass Guitar magazine. Classic Rock magazine has called him "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author." He wrote the official biography of the world's biggest death metal band, Cannibal Corpse and co-wrote Megadeath's bio from bass player David Ellefson.

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Crazy Train: The High Life and Tragic Death of Randy Rhoads 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I enjoyed reading. As a fan of Rhoads, there was so much insight into his life that I felt Randy had come back to life. So well written that it flows like a movie in your head. In fact, someone should make this book into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is all about how randy grew up and the very sad death of his.If you play guitar like I do read this book!!It is one of the best books iv'e ever read! So read it to find out more! It tells about his closes famly and friends and takes you to the beauty of the guitar. So probobly randy and I recemend to play the amazing electric guitar!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy and read this book its the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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