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I Am Ozzy Paperback – Bargain Price, January 3, 2011
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So he tries to incorporate a little of everything in "I Am Ozzy," a rough'n'tumble autobiography full of all the embarrassing, unflattering, sometimes bizarre details of his life. It takes awhile to get used to his rambling style, but these stories have an unpolished brand of charm... and he's undoubtedly had an interesting life.
John "Ozzy" Osbourne was born into a working-class, impoverished British family, had a miserable stint at school, and seemed destined for "manual labor or manual labor." Instead, he went to prison.
Fortunately for Black Sabbath fans, that isn't where the story ends. After hearing the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, he became enamored of the rock'n'roll life... albeit a darker, weirder side than the hippie-dippie stuff that was popular at the time. And after a few failed bands, he got into a true, brilliant band that was later named Black Sabbath, hated by critics and much beloved by music fans.
He got married, had sex with groupies (in that order), went on Top of the Pops, encountered satanic freakfans, and produced a slew of albums with Black Sabbath. Lots of booze and drugs. As you'd expect, both he and the band started spiralling out of control. But after quitting it, he got involved with his future second wife Sharon, and launched out on a new life of music, madness, sex, dove-biting, bat-biting and -- most horribly -- reality TV.
Honestly, I didn't much care for "I Am Ozzy" during the first few chapters. The combination of a misspent youth and Osbourne's rambling style gave me a bit of a headache.Read more ›
This book further confirms for me what I've always said: that Ozzy is a songwriting genius. Lots of people assume that he has just sponged off the talents around him from Iommi/Ward to Rhoads/Daisley to Lee to Wylde. But I've always said, look at what all those people have done before/and/or/after their time with Ozzy. Not much worthwhile in all cases. Meanwhile Ozzy continues to flourish with each new creative partnership.
The book is thin in lots of places where you'd like to hear more, and it runs a little long in other places where you've heard the stories before. The Jake E. Lee era is omitted completely. That's a shame. Ozzy should get over that resentment. He's won. Jake has done nothing worth speaking about without Ozzy, and meanwhile Ozzy has continued to receive acclaim for the past twenty plus years since Jake.
Any true Ozzy fan will love this book.
The stories are fantastic. I challenge anyone to read the vicar and the afghan hash cake story and not laugh!!
It's good that Ozzy gets out some of the classic stories in his head. Sure the book mentions drug use and alcohol abuse yet what i like about it is that the book doesn't get bogged down on that issue. Unlike the Eric Clapton book.
The book has great photos. Is well written and is very entertaining. Once you start is very hard to put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful trip to Ozzy's land. I got so much into the book and Ozzy's life that I feel like I know him personally and that I shared some of his crazy adventures with him. Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. Guerra
This book goes really in-depth and beyond what you may learn from the Internet or documentaries. It covers everything from before sabbath to before the 13 tour. Read morePublished 16 days ago by jimmie kosmopoulos
Really enjoyed this simple telling of a mans life. Funny and interesting stories. Think of a black sabbath version of the wolf of wall street without the greed and misanthropy.Published 17 days ago by Gear Crusher
This is the funniest book. You will not be able to put it down. If you like ozzy. Rock n roll. band life or a good biography. Read this. You wil fall ldown laughing.Published 20 days ago by kevin lynch
Bought this book to give to my husband for Christmas. He absolutely loves it!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I rarely laugh out loud and this book had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe, page after page. If you've ever felt any inclination towards getting this, DO IT!Published 26 days ago by My Opinion
Thoroughly entertaining, heartfelt, and what an outrageous life. I am now an Ozzy fan, whereas I hadn't been before.Published 26 days ago by Swedish Steel
If "Heroin Diaries" (Nikki Sixx) is the gold standard for excellent rock-n-roll biographies, and "Slash" is the bottom of the barrel (for it's utter lack of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NoVa 4