- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; 1st Edition 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 (201 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A page turner ... I Am Ozzy is autobiography at its best. (Now Magazine)
The incredible, frank and moving autobiography by the Prince of F***ing Darkness!See all Product Description
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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
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.
Okay, the book starts out well, so I give it 2 stars for that. It then skips past most of the Black Sabbath history (there are some great Sabbath books that detail Sabbaths history, like How Black Was our Sabbath#. It jumps to the Randy Rhoads era #I recommend Rudy Sarzos Off the Rails to get a better history of this period), then jumps past Jake E Lee - one of his most popular periods gets very little coverage, and onto the current era, and then finishes up with the Osbournes, which has been done to death before.
The same old stories, the Alamo, the Dove and Bat biting, the Motley Crue tour, and then it's all over.
No mention of Randy Castillo, his drummer for several albums, and a man who also died tragically.
The feud with Dio is glossed over. His feud with his old band mates being removed from the early albums is one sided. Entire albums are not mentioned. What about his reunion with Geezer on Just Say Ozzy? So much of this mans history is missing. He had a co-writer, and I presume researchers, yet the book is so light on detail, it's criminal.
I was waiting for this biography for years. The man has had an amazing career, but this is not the biography we were promised. It's a shame. It's as light and fluffy, and lacking in content as watching the x-factor. What a missed opportunity.
Seriously....it IS a good and humourous read.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a rock fan but as most, I think Ozzy is highly entertaining. This book is very funny and a great read. I would recommend this to anyone... Except my Grandmother! 😂Published 1 month ago by Sam
Hilarious, an excellent read from start to finish, in fact I've read it three times nowPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
How on earth he is still alive is actually in this book...almost! what a read amazing!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What can you say other than it's Ozzy and the man is a legend A great read from start to finishPublished 3 months ago by Beni14