Ronnie James Dio’s Autobiography Will Be Released This July

Ronnie James Dio, 1990; photo by Ann Summa/Getty Images

No metal frontman will ever be as incredible as Ronnie James Dio. The solo artist and former Black Sabbath and Rainbow singer was not only an unparalleled vocalist, he was also a metalhead at heart whose unabashed love of the genre shone through the outside world’s ironic and derisive depictions. So metal fans will rejoice to learn that Dio’s autobiography will finally see the light of day this July.

According to a press release, Dio began working on his life’s story several years before being diagnosed with the cancer that eventually took his life. The book, titled Rainbow In The Dark, is co-written by Mick Wall and Dio’s wife Wendy, and “documents how he evolved from sideman into singer and frontman to not one, but three, internationally-renowned multi-Platinum-selling bands, playing on the world’s most hallowed stages, among them London’s Hammersmith Odeon, Tokyo’s Budokan, The Forum in his ultimate hometown of Los Angeles, and the arena that represented, for him, the pinnacle of success—New York’s Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.”

“Ronnie writes candidly about the many excesses of the rock ’n’ roll life, how his masterful songwriting skills were born of necessity and the number of times he was forced to rethink his career path, always confidently clinging to the dream that propelled him forward. He talks throughout the book about his love for his loyal fans, for whom his consideration led to countless hours of signing autographs and posing for photos so that no one would be left feeling disappointed.”

Also included in the book will be “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.”

Check out the cover of the book below:

Ronnie James Dio’s Rainbow In The Dark comes out July 27th via Permuted Press, and is available for preorder.

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