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...Emerging from the British psychedelic scene, Black Sabbath’s early innovations on blues rock and metaphor-laden lyrics are perhaps most directly responsible for the emergence of the popular hard rock/metal genre. In 1968, Tony Iommi...

Heavy Metal

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...Ever since its emergence and initial development during the late 1960s and early 1970s, heavy metal has been characterized by its, often highly conspicuous, fascination with the apocalyptic visions of the Bible, the world of mythology...

The Art of Darkness: On Biblical Language in Ozzy Osbourne’s Solo Albums, 1980–2010

Religion and Popular Music : Artists, Fans, and Cultures

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...On January 27, 2016, Black Sabbath brought the bluntly named “The End” tour to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After opening with “Black Sabbath” and whipping the crowd into a suitable frenzy, Ozzy Osbourne’s first words of greeting elicited...

Black Sabbath's Master of Reality

John Darnielle

John Darnielle is the singer and songwriter otherwise known as the Mountain Goats. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

33 1/3 Books

...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....

Album-Oriented Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Album-oriented rock’ is one of the most confusing terms of the 1970s rock scene, in part because it shares an acronym, AOR, with ‘album-oriented radio,’ a term that is closely related but not synonymous.Album-oriented radio was an FM radio...


Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 2,642,300 (1999) Situated in the West Midlands of England, Birmingham is England’s second-largest city. It emerged as a major industrial center, based on engineering, during the second half of the nineteenth century...

Heavy Metal in Europe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Although heavy metal music (often known simply as metal) has been a global and transnational entity almost since its inception in the late 1960s and early 1970s, many of its defining characteristics were solidified by bands and musicians...

Heavy Metal in the Middle East

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Heavy Metal (often shortened to Metal) is an international music practice with diverse yet interconnected local articulations. Metal bands in Europe and North America have drawn names and imagery from the Middle East. English group Iron...