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Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz Paperback – September 4, 2008
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After recording Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman, Rhoads tapped his former Quiet Riot band mate, Cuban born bassist Rudy Sarzo. Sarzo laid down the bottom end in the touring band along with veteran rock drummer Tommy Aldridge. This is where our story begins as Sarzo chronicles his days touring with Ozzy, Randy and Tommy during the early eighties.
`Off the Rails' stands as Sarzo's tribute to Rhoads; one of the true good guys of rock. Sarzo provides crystal clear insight into Rhoads dedication as a musician. Not content with having "made the big time", Randy continued to practice and learn classical guitar, scheduling lessons at nearly every stop on the tour. Often the star-struck instructors would ask Randy to teach them his legendary riffs and solos. Randy, coming from a teaching background himself, (his mom owns a music school) often obliged and still paid for the lessons. With the exception of cigarettes and social drinking, Rhoads was the rare breed of rocker that led a fairly clean lifestyle.Read more ›
Much praise and thanks to Rudy for bringing this book to light, even amidst intimidation from certain powers-that-be that were skeptical of Rudy's intent. Rudy tells a believeable, heart-felt and sincere story. One I believe to be truthful and perhaps somewhat of a weight lifted off his shoulders in answering the question so many have approached him with over the years... "What was it like to play with Randy Rhoads?"
Rudy did a good job on this book. In all fairness, there are a few grammar and typo opportunities to improve upon for the next revision, but none the reader will find too distracting in completing this fascinating story. Rudy's book has allowed Randy to live again, a treasure for those who never knew him. But for those of us fortunate enough to have seen Randy play in person, Rudy helps validate something we've always felt to be true, that Randy Rhoads was one of the "good guys:" a talented, funny, caring, passionate person and a great friend. 5 stars for Rudy.
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Amazing touching story, very sad sometimes but honest, maybe its not the best written book, but you can notice how sincere it is, thanks Mr Sarzo for such an effort, god bless you... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Francisco Pacheco
Anyone that was around in the early 80s as Ozzy began his solo career with Randy Rhoades will greatly enjoy this book. It's very well written and hard to put down.Published 28 days ago by duane wilkinson
Excellent memoir that captures the Rock and Roll experience; the triumph and the tragedy! Rudy Sarzo honors the late Randy Rhoads with integrity and tact.Published 1 month ago by Noah D Watson
What a read, I enjoy every chapter of this book. Learning the last weeks in the life of Randy Roads, and what really happens the day he die, it's a sad lost. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcos Delgadillo Chong
Wonderful book written by a fantastic musician. I read a lot of books about rock stars, and musicians. Rudy captured this life very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gomike
I Thoroughly enjoyed this Diary by Rudy Sarzo,as he gives New insight and a memory to when Ozzy was considered as Crazy as things got!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer