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I Am Ozzy Paperback – 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
At first, Ozzy's sense of humor makes this a fun read, but then it's just one bad decision after another until the real story is revealed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Thomas Raven
What a crazy fucked-up fool he was !! How the hell did he manage to stay alive all these years. If your easily offended don't read this book, if you want to take a trip on a... Read morePublished 25 days ago by James Parker
Brutally honest read from Ozzy. HE definitely takes you through the years, including the assorted highs and lows that he has faced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff McMillan
He's hilarious :-) Reading this book is highly recommendable, even if you are not particularly into Black Sabbath or Ozzy's solo stuff! But if you are, it's a must. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pero
Its an interesting read. Better than I expected. If you are 60 like me and you loved the music of the 70's you might enjoy this one.Published 1 month ago by L. Scott