Black Sabbath gets a whopping 129,000 words on its '70s albums from metal scholar Martin Popoff

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      When Martin Popoff writes a book, he doesn't mess around.

      The B.C.-raised, Toronto-based author has just released a tome called Sabotage! Black Sabbath in the Seventies that clocks in at a whopping 129,000 words.

      That's a lotta writing. I should know because I put out a book this year myself, and it only managed to hit the 20,000-word mark (thanks mostly to the inclusion of lotsa photos).

      "Quite simply, Martin Popoff’s Sabotage! Black Sabbath in the Seventies marks the most intensive analysis of Black Sabbath’s first eight albums ever attempted," reads the promotional material on Popoff's Facebook page. "This is a big book...every song analyzed in detail, loads of first-hand interview footage from close to 50 interrogations."

      (It seems kinda funny that they used "interrogations" instead of "interviews" here. I picture poor doddering Ozzy, bound to a chair in a dim warehouse, threatened with a sharpened crucifix while an angry voice demands answers: "Why wasn't the amazing 'Supernaut' released as a single, huh?!? Answer me! Why did you stop making great albums after Sabbath Bloody Sabbath?!? Shutup!! Stop crying for Sharon, she can't help you now!!!")

      Here's a little more promotional bumph:

      "Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Never Say Die and Technical Ecstasy… these are the building blocks of heavy metal, and...Popoff breaks down each and every song on each of these reverberating and cannonating records, while Geezer offers explanation of the lyrics, Bill poetically explains why these songs resonate and Tony and Oz look on with their characteristic sense of bemusement."

      And for those Sabbath freaks who think that 129,000 words is more than their achin' eyeballs could take, Popoff's got a solution for that as well. Get the audiobook version and hear him astutely analyze those eight albums in just 10-and-a-half hours. 

      Hey, better him than Ozzy!