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I Am Ozzy

A book by Ozzy Osbourne

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A Remarkable Man With a Not So Remarkable Book

  • Mar 13, 2011
I'm a huge fan of Ozzy's, have been for many years. By no means am I as dedicated or as long lasting a fan as others who will have read this book, and if I'm honest, I'm not that much into rock music at all. Ozzy has always seemed like a man that, despite his success, has managed to keep his feet firmly on the ground. Being fascinated by the character of Ozzy for quite a number of years, I was excited to hear that he'd brought a book out and looked forward to learning about a man I'd admired for a long time. No doubt this book is informative, and at times, very funny, but it wasn't quite what I had expected.

I am not one to read these celebrity type books, and let's face it, this is yet another one that is just a cheap cash-in on a famous name. It's clear from the get-go that the actual writer (co-written by Chris Ayres because of Ozzy's dyslexia) wanted to give a "conversations with Ozzy" feel. He clearly wanted to give the feeling that you were sitting in the same room with the man and he was telling you the story of his life as if Ozzy and the reader were sat in the pub together. The attempt of it failed miserably, which I found immensely disappointing. It didn't quite flow as you would expect and I constantly felt like I was reading a book, and not discovering the life of Ozzy.

To not sound completely nuts I'll try and explain. When reading a good book, you lose yourself in the pages. This isn't exclusive to fantasy novels where you envisage yourself taking part in the intimacies of the story, or can simply picture the events as if watching a superb movie. A good writer can achieve the same effect from an autobiography to the point where you forget you're reading a book and actually feel like you're having the conversation with the person you're reading about. That was never achieved with this book, which is wholly disappointing. All the hardcore Ozzy fans should definitely give this a read, but I'm not promising you will be able to lose yourself in the pages.

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March 21, 2011
Too bad this book didn't live up to Ozzy's legend. I wonder if there are some better Ozzy books out there. Nice review, Steveo!
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review by . March 19, 2010
Ozzy has always been an independent spirit. He has lived through many things and this all has shaped him to be the person that he is now. For thirty years he was doing drugs, drinking, suicidal overdoses, STDs and was even hit while on a plane. He has made it though so much and is able to get his story out to everyone who is interested.    I like to learn about the lives of celebrity's. I know that they are just people like you and me except they have tons of people watching …
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"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Nowme, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour.

People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't...
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ISBN-10: 9780446569897
ISBN-13: 978-0446569897
Author: Ozzy Osbourne
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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