|Birth Name||Anthony Frank Iommi|
|Born||19 February 1948 (age 72) Handsworth, Birmingham, England|
|Genres||Heavy metal, doom metal, hard rock, blues rock|
|Associated acts||Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Jethro Tull, Mythology|
Anthony Frank Iommi (/aɪˈoʊmi/; born 19 February 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He was the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band’s primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.
While working in a factory as a teenager, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident, an event which crucially impacted his playing style. Iommi briefly left Black Sabbath (then known as Earth) in 1968 to join Jethro Tull but did not record any material with the band, and he subsequently returned to Black Sabbath in 1969. In 2000, he released his first solo album Iommi, followed by 2005’s Fused, which featured his former bandmate, Glenn Hughes. After releasing Fused, he formed Heaven & Hell, which disbanded after Ronnie James Dio’s death in 2010.
Iommi was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
In 2011, he published his autobiography, entitled Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath.
Iommi was born in Birmingham, the only child of Sylvia Maria (née Valenti, born in Palermo) Iommi. and Anthony Frank Iommi. Sylvia’s family were vineyard owners in Italy. The family was Catholic, though they rarely attended Mass. Their family home in the Park Lane area of Aston also housed a shop which was a popular meeting place in the neighborhood., with the living room doubling as the shop’s stockroom. His mother ran the shop while his father was a carpenter by trade.
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Iron Man : Autobiography
My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed “The Beatles of heavy metal” by Rolling Stone. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.