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Crazy Train: The High Life and Tragic Death of Randy Rhoads

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(Book). 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 ...
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Overview

(Book). 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 to stardom in his own right even after thousands of Black Sabbath fans had written him off. The two albums which 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 victim of the pilot's cocaine-influenced misjudgment. The parallels between Crazy Train and the author's best-selling To Live Is To Die: The Life and Death of 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 and 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906002374
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 313,613
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel McIver is the author of 16 books on rock music, including a bestselling biography of Metallica and books about Slayer, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age. His 2009 biography of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Cliff Burton) was nominated as the music book of the year by several reviewers. McIver also contributes to music and film magazines such as Rolling Stone and Classic Rock and presents a series on Scuzz TV, Guitarmageddon, based on another of his Jawbone titles, The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. Visit joelmciver.co.uk for more information.

Zakk Zakk Wylde: Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt; January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter, who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Randy Rhoads comes alive!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Great

    Buy and read this book its the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    did not down load

    to my nook WHY?
    PLEASE FIX THIS OR I WANT MY MONEY BACK ASAP

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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