Stolz's book Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion will be published by Rowman & Littlefield on November 1. For a limited time, go to and enter code RLFANDF30 for 30% off

A few statements regarding the pre-release version

"A fascinating read covering the complete history of the band, the depth of analyses is astonishing, dealing with the minutia of every riff and nuance. This is the definitive work encompassing the music and a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the legendary group. Amazing work!"
— Laurence Cottle, former bassist, Black Sabbath

"Nolan Stolz has impressively found a way to add to the current writings on Black Sabbath, most notably with his second-by-second deconstruction of each song. The beauty of this approach lies in the novice and deep Sabbath fan alike inevitably and without choice scurrying back to the compositions to follow along with the good Dr. Stolz's professional post-mortem."
— Martin Popoff, author of 70 music books, including three on Black Sabbath

"How will history treat Black Sabbath? Perhaps, after all, it really is the music that matters. Beyond the image, the social commentary, and the personalities, it is that use of a tritone or that extension of the blues, or that sudden, shocking high note, that merits our attention. This is what Stolz’s book seeks, with precise scholarship and passion for the subject, to persuade us to believe."
— Kenneth LaFave, composer and author of Experiencing Film Music

In June, the Brno Philharmonic recorded the Lincoln Highway Suite, to be released by Ablaze Records in 2018

2018 events (concerts, lectures, etc.)

March 16, 17 or 18 --- Presenting "Prog Sabbath: Progressive Rock Elements in Black Sabbath’s Music from 1981 to 2016" at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society, UNLV

2017 events (concerts, lectures, etc.)

December 12 --- Book presentation and signing for my Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC, 6-7pm

November 18 --- Patrick Flynn performs Lullaby for Sam at Spartanburg Methodist College, Davis Mission Chapel, 7pm

November 17 --- Premiere of Reflets / Réflexions (Reflections of Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments), commissioned by the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Espresso Series (chamber). 630pm, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC

November 12 --- Dominic Ryder of the Terminus Ensemble performs Etude for Snare Drum and Suspended Cymbal. 8pm, Eyedrum (88 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA)

November 10 -- playing drums with the Patrick Moss Quartet at Blues Blvd., Spartanburg, SC, 930pm, $8 cover

July/August --- 3rd Annual Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium. Osage Arts Community (Belle, MO)

June --- Lincoln Highway Suite to be recorded by the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic

June 2 --- Lauren Cordell performs Dads, Sons and Daughters for violin. The Spark That Started It All: Las Vegas Academy 20-ish Year Reunion Alumni Showcase. Las Vegas Academy Performing Arts Center, 7PM

May 19 --- Playing drums with the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, Triple Tree Aerodrome, 7pm, Woodruff, SC

April 21 --- Presenting "Jazz Sabbath: The Curious Case of Black Sabbath's 'Air Dance' from Never Say Die! (1978)" at the Claflin University Pop Music Symposium. 1030am, Orangeburg, SC

April 14 --- Presenting "Jazz Sabbath: The Curious Case of Black Sabbath's 'Air Dance' from Never Say Die! (1978)" at the SC Upstate Research Symposium. 1015am, USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC

March 31 --- Western Michigan University Advanced Jazz Combo performs Catharsis at SCI National Conference (Kalamazoo, MI) 10am

March 24 --- "More Than Metal: Black Sabbath's Use of Blues, Jazz, Prog and Other Musical Styles" at UNC Asheville Lipinsky Auditorium, 2pm

March 21 --- Trillium (Brenda Leonard, Travis Baird, and Tracy Ensley) performs selections from Haiku Settings: Summer for violin, viola and cello. Limestone College, 7pm, Gaffney, SC

March 21 --- On behalf of Treefalls, composers Peter Kay and Nolan Stolz present about contemporary music. Limestone College, 4pm, Gaffney, SC

March 20 --- Trillium (Brenda Leonard, Travis Baird, and Tracy Ensley) performs selections from Haiku Settings: Summer for violin, viola and cello. Treefalls New Music Series: Hub City Tap House, 7pm, Spartanburg, SC


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