Discovering: Black Sabbath

Discovering: Black Sabbath

Series 3



It’s early 1970 and the musical mood in Britain is growing dark, devilishly dark. The Beatles are about to implode. The anti-Vietnam War movement has extinguished any flickering flames of the previous decade’s peace-and-love vibe. Four young factory workers from Birmingham see a grim future ahead of them, so they form a band – Black Sabbath.

Lead guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne concocted a thunderously loud, riff-driven response to pretty pop and became the first heavy metal band on the planet. Forty-five years later they’re all still alive (quite remarkably) and are still rated by their peers as one of the most influential rock bands of all time.


A look at the rise of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, who changed the face of rock with the release of Paranoid in 1970.
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