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Entire years are missing, it glosses over the music!
on 10 November 2009
Firstly, I should point out I'm a huge fan of Ozzy. Have been for over 20 years. Seen him live loads of times, have every CD, record, demo, promo and even figurine that's ever featured the great man.
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.