MARTIN POPOFF – Steal Away The Night

August 6, 2014, a month ago

(Backbeat Books)

By Aaron Small

Rating: 9.0

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MARTIN POPOFF – Steal Away The Night

BraveWords senior writer Martin Popoff struck gold when he launched the Day-By-Day format last year with Iron Maiden: 2 Minutes To Midnight. Now he’s revisited that highly successful configuration, paying tribute to The Prince Of Darkness – Ozzy Osbourne. For those unfamiliar, Popoff’s Day-By-Day hardcover books perfectly straddle the line between lavishly illustrated coffee table flip-through and top-notch, highly informed biography. Steal Away The Night is 250+ pages of details, facts and significant dates all rolled into a career retrospective of “rock’s most adorable madman.” Ensuring readers avoid information overload, this gorgeous publication is packed with stunning photographs running the gamut from concert shots to ticket stubs and backstage passes, promo images and pictures of rare memorabilia; a visual feast for Ozzy fans of any age. Supplementing the diary-like entries that mark “milestone after milestone” are side bars – some brief, others quite lengthy – from those who were there to witness it in person. The guilty parties are numerous, a brief sampling includes: Ozzy himself, Bill Ward, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, and of course the infamous manager/wife Sharon Osbourne. Some of these quotes are pulled directly from the author’s extensive archive of personally conducted interviews, the rest are derived from outside sources such as: BW&BK, Circus, Hit Parader, Kerrang! and Metal Edge magazines, as well as various newspaper articles. Popoff also offers his own eloquent and insightful thoughts at the beginning of each chapter. Open this book at any page, and you’re immediately immersed; a triumph in its own right. Perhaps even more astonishing is the fact that a quick glance at Amazon provides an extensive listing of Ozzy Osbourne books, but none more fascinating than Steal Away The Night.
 

   

 

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