Steal Away the Night
An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day
by Martin Popoff
“If you’re a fan of the [heavy metal] genre, Martin Popoff’s books are a must.”
– Perrin Wolfson, KNAC
“To be sure, there have been bigger, more impactful heavy metal acts o’er the loud ’n’ proud years,” writes heavy-metal expert Martin Popoff. “But for one stomping, clapping, peace-signing dude…Ozzy is the ever-youthful face and two bespectacled eyes of heavy metal, end stop.”
Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day (September 2014, Backbeat Books, $39.99) celebrates the Oz-man with a full account of his more-than-40-year run as rock’s most adorable madman. Popoff takes us through Ozzy’s career day by day, covering the singer’s years in Black Sabbath and beyond, milestone after milestone – the hirings, the firings, the rehabs and relapses, the bats, the doves, Zakk Wylde, and most seriously, the tragic death of Randy Rhoads in a fly-by prank gone wrong. He also detours from the stage and recording studio long enough to look into the incredible success that was the reality TV series, The Osbournes.
Adding to the considerable textual substance of Steal Away the Night is a revealing oral history of the band, much of which was culled from Popoff’s extensive interview material with Ozzy and various band members and producers. Also included is an explosion of imagery culled from the band’s record sleeves, live shows, ads, and memorabilia. Ozzy’s shock-rock visuals are some of the flashiest in the biz, and they make each page of Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day explode with heavy metal power.
This richly detailed. Lavishly illustrated chronology of the metal legend’s career is a must-have for an Ozzy fan!
September 16, 2014
8.5” x 11”
B&W and color illustrations throughout
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Martin Popoff has penned 45 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Black Sabbath FAQ and 2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day, both published by Backbeat Books. He was editor in chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost metal publication, for 14 years. He’s also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector, Bravewords.com, Lollipop.com, and HardRadio.com. He lives in Toronto. For more information, visit www.martinpopoff.com.