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I Am Ozzy Paperback – Bargain Price, January 3, 2011
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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.
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 ›
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
This book is heavy on details from Ozzy's time with Sabbath, which is great. And it has some really crazy and funny stories. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Randy
If you are looking for literature, this ain't it. If you're looking for inappropriate laughs this is it. I am not a f an of his music but this was very entertaining. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this book. Could hardly put it down! Had some really laugh out loud parts. If you are a fan of Ozzy you will learn some new stuff, and there are a few things in here that... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michael R. Hills
I knew a lot of these stories already because I've been following Ozzy for years now, but there WAS a lot I didn't know. Lots of craziness in this book!! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Shane
I really enjoyed taking a look into the crazy world of Ozzy. Lots of laughs but really it's very sad overall that he treated himself the way he did. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jim Miller