Ronnie James Dio To Write Autobiography
Ronnie James Dio has announced that he has begun to write his autobiography. Come inside for full details! Words: Jon Hotten.
Ronnie James Dio is at work on an autobiography that, true to form for one of rock n roll’s more enigmatic characters, will ‘not be centred around myself so much as me telling my life story through the stories of those around me’.
Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, Dio explained that he’s fitting the writing around a hectic schedule with Heaven And Hell, who release a new album, The Devil You Know, through Roadrunner later this month.
“Every time I feel I’m getting halfway there, another halfway comes along,” he says. “But yes, I’m writing it and it’s certainly going to be very, very interesting for people interested in the bands I’ve been in and the people I’ve played with.
‘You have to have a focal point, and I guess that had to be me. It’s an autobiography, but within it, I tell the stories that somehow explain a little bit what Ritchie [Blackmore]’s like or Tony [Iommi]’s like or Geezer [Butler]’s like. I don’t analyse them, but just in telling the tales I paint everyone in as good a light as possible. It’s not a tell-all book.”
Don’t expect The Dirt, then, but as Dio explains, endless drugs and groupies aren’t everyone’s scene. “I’ve tried to live my life on a very straight path,’ he says. ‘I’m not Nikki Sixx or people who go over the edge. That’s alluring to a lot of people, but I’m sure being a little bit different is alluring to some other people, too.”
Dio aims to have the as yet untitled book out at some point next year.
Words: Jon Hotten.
You can hear a track from the brand new Heaven & Hell album, ‘The Devil You Know’, here. The album will be released on April 27th.
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