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Ronnie James Dio was a heavy metal icon and frontman of three of the best-selling, most influential and famous rock bands in history: Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own multi-million selling band, Dio. 

Rainbow in the Dark is a rollercoaster ride through the extraordinary highs and lows of Dio's life, and takes us from his early days as a street gang leader and Doo-wop singer in '60s Vegas through to his breakout success with Rainbow and Black Sabbath in the '70s and the stadiums of US metal in the '80s - ending in Dio's dressing room at Madison Square Garden, in June 1986, at the peak of his worldwide fame with Dio. 

Tragically Dio passed away from cancer in 2010, but had already begun writing a memoir before his death. Edited by the world-renowned music biographer Mick Wall, with the involvement of Dio's wife of over 35 years and personal manager Wendy Dio, Rainbow in the Dark honours and features Dio's never-before-seen original manuscript, while drawing on the extraordinary collection of print and audio interviews with the man himself to produce a vivid, raw and faithful portrait of one of the world's greatest ever rock legends.

©2021 Ronnie James Dio (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Amazing 😍 Only bad thing is that is not Complete

I wanted to hear storys about the 90's, 2000's, Tenacious D & Devil You Know

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Great Book, of course it's Dio!

However, as much as the narrator did a super job, he didn't conjure Ronnie's spirit, as his voice albeit good, wasn't suited.

Overall a great listen.

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Amazing Story

It was interesting to know the early days (Before Elf) and all the evolution thru the years.

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  • The Spirit
  • 10-12-21

Sunset Superman!

If you want a book that presents (the admittedly wonderful) Ronnie James Dio as a awesome superhuman/demigod who lived a life of legendary proportions, then this is the book for you! Throughout the clichéd aphorisms and stilted descriptions, you won't find much of the real man. I've watched interviews with him in which Dio would talk as a human being filled with focus, love for his music and humility. That's not the Dio that is presented in this book. It's all just a bit too larger-than-life. Oh, and the narrator sounds like he should be reading out TV adverts. All just very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-21

Good read for any rock fan

As a Dio / Sabbath fan I enjoyed this insight into RJD's personal life.

I would have preferred a better narrator but it was still enjoyable.
Thought there might have been something later in the book about his death but who wants to read that really

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-21

Disappointed

I was very excited when I downloaded this book, Ronnie has always been my favourite singer and I was interested to learn more about him and his early life. I found the early chapters entertaining and as the story approached his time with Black Sabbath things seemed to get a little rushed. The biggest issue for me is that story just ends after the Sacred Heart tour, the book is unfinished in my opinion.

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 04-20-22

I now know a little bit more

I never saw RJD perform live despite regarding him as the archetypal rock singer. Ironically I have seen live Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Last In Line (former members of Dio). I also regard the RJD albums of Rainbow and Black Sabbath as my favourites. Here we hear his take on his career. I'm sure those he parted ways with will have a different take on things, but I'm glad he wrote down his version and memoirs. Shame it ended in 1985 when his short life continued a bit longer, but all the main points of his career are covered.

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  • Kevin Blake
  • 02-18-22

Enjoyable Life Story of a Metal Great🤘

RJD is one of rock's greatest singers, and he was by all accounts a thoroughly good bloke, although his earnestness for dungeons and dragons imagery could sometimes come across as pompous and even a little silly. This is an enjoyable account of his life story up to 1986. One forgets how long Dio was around, pounding the club circuit for many years before he got this first big break with Rainbow. It is noticeable though how much he harps on about money being the factor that drove Vivian Campbell out of Dio, and he is too repetitious on this point - verging into "Methinks he doth protest too much" territory. That is my one criticism. Otherwise, this is a must read for classic metal fans or those who enjoy rock bios.

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  • Imperial Majesty
  • 12-26-21

Like a rainbow in the dark

Bloody brilliant insight into the world of RJD, I miss seeing him in concert, the way he held the crowd in the palm of his hand. What a legend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-21

A really good listen

Anybody who is lucky enough to have seen Dio live will know how good he and his band actually were. His background story is really interesting and Wendy Dio and Mick have done a good job of editing Dio’s notes and putting everything together. This is not a bog standard Biography, I think that real care has been into producing something that Dio would have been happy to put his name to. The only real improvement would be to write more about the latter years of his life.

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  • Gary Wilkinson
  • 08-11-21

Disappointing

I really wanted to like this book as a big fan of RJD in all three of his major bands, but it just came across as pompous and one sided account where the author was always in the right and his adversaries were lucky to be in his hallowed company. The narrator was poor as well, very monotone and uninspiring.

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  • nicola simpson
  • 08-07-21

Fascinating!

A true legend and a fascinating story of highs and lows-I’d recommend this to any rock fan! RIP RJD.

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  • Martin
  • 08-03-21

Good book but rushed

Ronnie is my favourite singer and the start of this book is great, however things seem rushed towards the end. The book is great in parts, but finishes abruptly and a lot is missing imo.

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  • Travis
  • 08-15-21

Excellent look at Ronnie James Dio's rise to fame

The book chronicles RJD's lfe to the third Dio release and Intermission EP.

We get to hear about life as a unknown singer, using cars illegally on the weekend and accidentally aligning himself to a Mafia boss.

The Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath years are covered along with the first 3 Dio releases. The albums are covered, some in greater depths than others, but don't expect a track by track overview.

From what I've read, Wendy Dio had a hard time creating the book and given how quickly RJD passed, I can understand why.

That stated, I do hope a second tome is released covering the remaining Dio albums, the reunification with the Black Sabbath and the increase in recognition through the efforts of Jack Black.

The book is short but great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-21

🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

🤘 what an incredible amazing person never forgotten remembered forever Ronnie James Dio🤘 Thank you Wendy Dio for sharing