Classic Rock Book Watch: Geezer Butler, Ian Anderson Working on New Reads

L-R: Geezer Butler in 2019, Ian Anderson in 2017
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Looking to add some titles to your rock 'n' roll bookshelf? Two longtime members of some classic bands are working on some books in the not-too-distant future.

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler recently revealed in an interview with that a book will be coming with him at some point. "I started out because when my parents died I always wished I’d asked them a lot more things than I knew about," he said. "I don’t really know much about my mum and dad, ‘cause they were always just there. So, I started writing a memoir for my grandkids to read, and that’s been fun going through stuff - old times and growing up in Birmingham and all that. I’m right in the middle of doing that at the moment."

Butler would be the fourth member of the band to pen his story: original frontman Ozzy Osbourne published I Am Ozzy in 2010, while guitarist Tony Iommi's Iron Man followed a year later. Ozzy's original replacement, Ronnie James Dio, completed a memoir before his passing in 2010, to be released this summer. Butler's tenure with Sabbath is second only to Iommi, and his bass work can be heard in recent reissues of the band's Vol. 4 and the Dio-led Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules.

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Meanwhile, another British rock legend, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, has planned a new book collecting all of his lyrics. Silent Singing will cover everything Anderson put to paper between the group's debut This Was all the way up to tracks from The Zealot Gene - an in-progress Tull album that will be their first release since a 2003 Christmas album. (The band has also been revisiting their back catalog as well, with a deluxe edition of 1980's A coming in April.)

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