Crazy Train
Joel McIver
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Crazy Train: The High Life and Tragic Death of Randy Rhoads
Joel McIver
Jawbone Press
256 pages
June 2011
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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There is no one better suited to write this insightful and informative book than Joel McIver, a veteran music journalist who has previously written authoritative texts on Metallica, Slayer and Black Sabbath. Crazy Train details the life of Randy Rhoads, a local Hollywood guitar player who turned into an iconic figure when he landed the gig as guitarist for ex-Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne. Rhoads had recorded two albums with Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman - and was being hailed as the most innovative new guitarist to come along for many years. A tragic plane accident claimed his life at age 26, and all of that is described here in detail.

McIver shows a broad and masterful knowledge of his subject; he looks beneath the relationship between Randy and Ozzy; he looks inside what life must have been like for a local kid turned into a true rock star; he delves inside the accident; and he talks about Randy's influence on a future generation of guitar players.

With the re-release of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, there has been renewed interest in the life and death of Randy Rhoads. All the answers are here. We're just lucky that author Joel McIver, in his beautifully-written book, was able to uncover them all.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2011

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