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  • Extract – Black Sabbath – Doom Let Loose

    26 February 2010

    October 31, 2005 By Martin Popoff Had a dream last night that demonstrated for me that I better knock this book on its head, call it done, quit adding stuff.I was looking in a rack, sort of outside at my cousins, mounted on a work bench among rusting machine parts, and found an eight-track of...

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  • Interview with Jim Simpson

    26 February 2010

    Commissioned by Capsule (2007) By Anne-Marie Pope Jim Simpson is an unsung hero of Heavy Metal.  Manager during the period of Sabbath's first three albums, Simpson took the band from Polka Tulk - "they were only Polka Tulk for a few minutes after I met them" -, through blues covers-performing...

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  • The Art and Noise of the West Midlands Metal Scene

    26 February 2010

    Commissioned by Capsule (2007) Spiral Architecture by edwin pouncey The visual of the title for this essay comes from two sources, both of which have a connection with Birmingham’s most famous Heavy Metal export, Black Sabbath. The spiral initially refers to the logo of Vertigo Records that...

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  • Hidden Music Magic Visible

    26 February 2010

    Commissioned by Capsule (2008) 'I am of electric nature... Music is the electric soil, in which the spirit lives, thinks, invents.'Bettina Brentano, writing to Goethe in 1839. Magic is music.Open your ears and the whole world is music. The whisper of a breeze through trees; the hum of a...

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