Black Sabbath's Master of Reality

Black Sabbath's Master of Reality

by John Darnielle


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826428998
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: 33 1/3 Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 773,271
Product dimensions: 4.76(w) x 6.57(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

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

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Black Sabbath's Master of Reality 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
whitsunweddings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a Black Sabbath fan, so I can't comment on how their fans will find this book, but imho (as Roger, the narrator, would say) THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ARE THE BEST BAND EVER!!! and their singer wrote this, so that's very exciting. This book is terribly sad, and I would imagine (going by The Sunset Tree and We Shall All Be Healed) rather autobiographical. All I want for Christmas this year is for a) John Darnielle to write more prose fiction, and b) to give him a great big hug. Neither will likely eventuate, so I'm going to ask for a copy of this instead.
Patrick311 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really, really sad. I'm not a Black Sabbath guy and I still liked it. Well worth a day of your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 Sabbath
-AJ- More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
So I did appreciate the premise and basic idea of this book.
In the end however, I was a little disappointed in the execution.
It's interesting and well written, but it's lacking...something.