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Black Sabbath: Forging a Genre

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The St. Petersburg TImes' Philip Booth caught up with Geezer Butler on their Pittsburgh stop of Ozzfest and wrote an interesting article on the band's origins. Here's a snippet:

Jazz and blues, surprisingly enough, served as musical grist for the early Black Sabbath, as Ozzy Osbourne recently told Rolling Stone. The group, at one point, included a saxophonist and a bottleneck-slide guitarist.

So how did the quartet of working class teenagers from Birmingham, England, make the transition from tunes influenced by Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Jethro Tull to the dark, bone-crunching likes of Iron Man and Paranoid?

In a word: jamming.

It was a matter of survival, Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler said recently from a tour stop in Pittsburgh.

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1. KMADD writes:

I rest my case for the so called metal fans. BRW13 knows what I'm
talking about!

# Sep 2, 2004 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. KMADD writes:

Hey 13 and 007 there is an interesting documentary on how Black
Rock and Roll influenced the Beatles songwritng on public television on
right now! Ya know no Beatles no Sabbath!

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brad writes:

ozzy was a huge beatles fan


go figure

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KMADD writes:

Easy Brad no Sabbath,Priest,Blue Cheer no death metal! It's a historical
fact!

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brad writes:

oh dont worry man im fully aware of my history


you forgot hawkwind and motorhead and deep purple

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 11:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KMADD writes:

Got those cds too. Along with Motorhead!

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7. brokenwings13 writes:

i saw part of that documentary. interesting, it's this neverending chain of musical influence. except the chain is getting weaker with every crappy band that comes out.

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8. MarineChick007 writes:

brings true meaning to the saying "missing link."

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 11:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. KMADD writes:

Im geekin out right now and the watching the history of video games documentary on PBS right now pretty cool!

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brokenwings13 writes:

neat. i heard atari was going to put out a bunch of old games on cd format.

# Sep 8, 2004 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. KMADD writes:

Man at some toy stores you can buy this joystick for 15 bucks and its got a bunch
of 2600 games on them and you just plug it into your TV!! Im going to get it one of
these days. I have a Gamecube now!!

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12. KMADD writes:

Sorry about calling you a man 13. I call everyone dude!

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13. brad writes:

dude me too


dude

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