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I'm not entirely sure if there would be anybody in this forum who actually knows who Ronnie James Dio was let alone be interested but I'll review the book anyway.

 

Ronnie James Dio was a singer - one of the best, if not the best - in a genre of music which was then known as Hard Rock but now better known as Heavy Metal.  There are distinctions between the two and the genre has grown to include an eye-watering amount of different styles, but when Dio was alive it was actually known as Hard Rock. He was the man responsible for the 'devil's horns' hand gesture now synonymous with Heavy Metal.

 

He has always been a personal hero of mine and I was much disappointed in this book.  First, he only managed to write his life story up to 1979 and the rest of it was written by his wife and their close friend, journalist Mick Wall.  The problem is that the book is being promoted as written by Ronnie James Dio. It also ends in 1986 some 25 years before his career and his life was ended by cancer. So not an autobiography, at best it's volume one of the man's life. What I don't like about it is the book is being promoted as an autobiography and written by the man himself.  Not only did he not write the whole book it stops long before his career and life was over.  

 

For those who don't know, Ronnie was in three of the greatest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands of all time - Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band called Dio - and was a legend in his own lifetime. The book is well written and very well researched and is a very quick read. Ronnie was 67 when he died (in 2010) and I feel certain that he could have packed a lot more into an already eventful life but I won't be buying the next volume as it seems like an exercise in money-making.

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I saw Rainbow in 1980 at the Royal Highland Exhibition Hall in Edinburgh in 1980 but the singer was Graham Bonnet. Dio had already left to join Black Sabbath. I have to be honest I found the gig a bit boring, very self indulgent on Blackmore's part, long drawn out guitar solos that only seemed to please him. I've seen Deep Purple and the Ian Gillan band as well. But never saw Dio or Black Sabbath. I probably wouldn't have chosen to read this book anyway but after your review Luna I definitely won't be.

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48 minutes ago, Tay said:

I saw Rainbow in 1980 at the Royal Highland Exhibition Hall in Edinburgh in 1980 but the singer was Graham Bonnet. Dio had already left to join Black Sabbath. I have to be honest I found the gig a bit boring, very self indulgent on Blackmore's part, long drawn out guitar solos that only seemed to please him. I've seen Deep Purple and the Ian Gillan band as well. But never saw Dio or Black Sabbath. I probably wouldn't have chosen to read this book anyway but after your review Luna I definitely won't be.

I was too young to see Graham Bonnet with Rainbow but bought that line-up's album and still like it today. I've seen Dio era Sabbath and Gillen with Deep Purple (can't remember if Blackmore was there or not, probably not as their enmity by then was legendary even by their standards) and I did see Dio in his own band. All worthwhile gigs. The book definitely isn't, which is a shame because it's not a badly written book.

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  • 3 weeks later...

During the first lockdown I started making a list of all the gigs I'd been to. I still have 99% of the tickets so it was fairly easy. I then researched on Google to find out the support acts. Produced a very interesting if completely person list. Good memories.   

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