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Ronnie James Dio '"Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography" Review by K-Man For The Metal Voice


For The Metal Voice K-man reviews the new autobiography by the late Ronnie James Dio


"I think Ronnie James Dio's book is half great, he does a nice job talking about his early years and life through the 50's and 60's being lean, green and hungry which as a fan you never really got a lot of before...at only 240 so pages it is a short read and after the Rainbow period. I think it kind of shifts from the life and times of Ronnie James Dio and instead starts listing off successes and failures.

Ultimately it becomes a bit of a "for the record" defense of character and old wounds instead of journeying the band particularly DIO only really handled towards the end. It makes me miss Ronnie's voice most of all. I think DIO is better than just highlights, dredged up rumours and some hard feelings but its a reminder that Ronnie isn't around to put these words into wisdom anymore. Also I hope if the next 30 plus years gets told it can be told more by people involved looking back fondly because it deserves it. "


"Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography" is illustrated throughout with photographs, largely never-before-seen, derived from family photo albums and personal archives, plus an eight-page color insert devoted to additional rare photographs from Ronnie's life and career.


To bring the book to completion, Wendy, whom Ronnie met in 1975, married in 1978 and became his manager following his painful departure from RAINBOW, fleshed out certain unfinished sections with additional details and her own observations of specific events covered in the book. Over the past 30 years, Wendy Dio has been involved in many aspects of the music business, receiving awards for stage set design and concert video production, along with serving as executive producer on numerous gold and platinum albums. In 2010, she co-founded the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund in Ronnie's memory, which has gone on to raise over $2,000,000 for cancer research, education and early detection screenings. She worked with esteemed British music journalist and author Mick Wall, who, as a rock music writer for publications such as Classic Rock, Mojo, The Times and a variety of others, had interviewed Ronnie countless times, to finalize the manuscript. In addition to writing for many of the U.K.'s major music publications, Wall has produced award-winning television and radio documentaries and has written biographies of musicians and bands, among them "When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin" and "Two Riders Were Approaching: The Life & Death Of Jimi Hendrix".


"Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography" was released on July 27 via Permuted Press. It was written with longtime friend of 30 years and esteemed music writer Mick Wall, who took up the mantle after Ronnie's passing.


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