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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184744346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847443465
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A page turner ... I Am Ozzy is autobiography at its best. (Now Magazine )

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The incredible, frank and moving autobiography by the Prince of F***ing Darkness!

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By S. Chipchase on 2 Oct. 2009
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I literally could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up at 6pm until I finished reading it at 1am.

From the opening page right up until the acknowledgments I was engrossed, entertained and enlightened.

I've laughed out loud, i've smiled to myself, i've looked at the page in open mouthed shock and have gone through such a rollercoaster of emotions during the seven hours of reading its amazing.

Very rarely in my experience does a book take you on such a journey as this one does. High, lows, ups, downs it's all here told in brutal unflinching honesty.

What more could anyone want from a book?

I for one could ask for nothing more
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brian V. Burford on 2 Oct. 2009
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When BBC Radio Five Live first began Sybil Roscoe had Ozzy Osbourne on her programme as a guest. God knows how many years ago that was, but Ozzy said then that he was going to bring out an autobiography and call it John. Well it's here now, at last, and it's worth the wait.

I first encountered Ozzy during my early days of rock education through the pages of Kerrang! I'd heard of Ozzy and Black Sabbath, but wasn't too familiar with Ozzy the solo star. He had the cover and was dressed as a werewolf. Inside all the pictures was of him as a werewolf and I began to wonder if this man actually looked like a werewolf! Of course, I soon realised it was a video for Bark At the Moon. Subsequently I bought that album and saw him on tour and have been a fan ever since.

What I always liked about Ozzy is that he has never forgotten his roots. He's not arrogant and never comes across as big-headed. This comes over in his book which is written just the way you know and love Ozzy to be. It has his colourful delivery, wonderful descriptions of his adventures; all the famous ones and some you never heard of - the only gripe is the cover, which is a bit bland.

I Am Ozzy will have you laughing at his outrageous adventures, but also have you cringing too. There is sadness at the death of Randy Rhoads and how the Nazis nearly killed him - you'll have to read it to work that one out - and the controversial mishaps that he's had will also have you smiling.

There isn't much more to say except that if you're an Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath fan this book is a must buy. But even if you're not, you're still going to enjoy it because it's the story of a guy from Aston, Birmingham, who made it big and as he has said many times before, is the luckiest guy in the world. The difference is that he knows it and had made the best of his talents and abilities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel S on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I Am Ozzy is a hilarious autobiography by Ozzy Osbourne, former lead singer of Black Sabbath. It's filled with humourous anecdotes from his life before and after the band and is a more than enjoyable read.

I've read a few musician's autobiographies, and I can honestly say that none of them have ever made me laugh like this one did. I was laughing aloud at something on almost every page and I loved Ozzy's British humour. There were some great stories about his time in the band and although the book was filled with humour, Ozzy also showed a sensitivity when it came to writing about the hard things, like death and drug addiction.

Although I loved the book and the stories in it, I couldn't help get the feeling that maybe there was some extra spice being added to some of the anecdotes. I mean, yeah, he was a crazy rocker, but after all these years and all these drugs, can he really remember as much as he claims to? Maybe so, but for me it didn't quite feel right, so I was unable to fully `click' with the book. It's a real shame, because I really did enjoy Ozzy's easy writing style.

I Am Ozzy was a fun read, but overall something just didn't come together for me. If you're looking for a musician's autobiography that has plenty of hilarity go for this one, but just don't expect too much depth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. P. Thompson on 29 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Oh yeah...OK Ozzy, I'll believe you even if I have heard half of the anecdotes in here before. Who cares...somehow Ozzy has become a national treasure and lets face it they don't do rock stars like him anymore, just a bunch of wimps who couldn't bite the top off a Big Mac, let alone a live bat. (Or a rubber one come to that!!) Great book, good for a laugh and .....i'd have bought it anyway because he had the decency to reply to my get well letter when he was 'quad-biked'.
Seriously....it IS a good and humourous read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Gabby on 27 Jun. 2012
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I have mixed feelings about this autobiography. With a subject such as Ozzy Osbourne, the undeniable madman of rock 'n' roll, the story is inevitably going to be littered with booze-filled escapades and other insane anecdotes. This can be both a plus and a negative; the various narcotics-fuelled stories are entertaining for sure, but whether it really is what truly happened is another story.

The book is divided into two parts, part one covering Ozzy's earlier years up until his exit from Black Sabbath, and part two concentrating on his solo career. Unsurprisingly, the emphasis in this biography is clearly on substance abuse, as Ozzy's lifelong battles with drugs and alcohol are well known by everyone. Still, after reading the book, the amounts of drugs and booze he had consumed throughout the years turned out to be beyond belief. Furthermore, all the legendary incidents with bats, doves, historical monuments and wives are documented here, of course.

In literary terms, Ozzy is what you'd call an unreliable narrator. From a narrational point of view, the style is extremely entertaining and the book is very well written, thanks largely to the co-writer, Chris Ayres, without whom the dyslexic Ozzman would never have been able to write this. However, whether Ozzy really remembers all that is being told here, having been drugged out of his mind for all those years, is another matter. As a consequence, the truthfulness of many of the incidents is highly debatable. Whether that really matters is up for you to decide.

However, it soon becomes clear that with a book such as this, the music itself is secondary, even to Ozzy himself.
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