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I Am Ozzy

by Ozzy Osbourne
with Chris Ayres

Grand Central Publishing | January 25, 2010 | Hardcover

I Am Ozzy is rated 4.4167 out of 5 by 12.
"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 . . .'' Now me, 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 the devil. I''m just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: January 25, 2010

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446569895

ISBN - 13: 9780446569897

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from garbage...complete garbage I find it difficult to believe that this man can provide word-for-word quotations of what his bandmates said, manager said, and stories of hotel rooms, hookers, and so forth when he can't even tell you what he ate for supper the day before. In any interview he's given he clearly doesn't know any of these details when asked about them. A great work of fiction indeed.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an Amazing Life! This book comprises Ozzy’s memoirs in which he recounts his life from childhood to the present. I found this book almost impossible to put down; it was, well, quite addictive. I was amazed at how honest and blunt he is about what he’s done in his life, especially pertaining to his alcohol and drug use. It was fascinating to read about his musical life: the creation of Black Sabbath, their early struggles, their immense success, their eventual fallout and Ozzy’s great success on his own. Along the way, Ozzy mentions several other icons of the music world such as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley to name a few. His family life also fares prominently, indicating how very important his loved ones are to him. Ozzy’s writing style is, well, Ozzy’s. Overall, I found this book to be very candid and revealing. It is also often quite hilarious, frequently very gripping and extremely sad in a few occasions. This book should appeal to all Ozzy fans as well as anyone interested in the lives of rock ‘n roll superstars.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Hero If you are an Ozzy fan then I suggest you read this book. I always have been and always will be a fan and found this book to be very interesting and deepens my respect for Ozzy. From stories of being with Black Sabbath and being on drugs 24/7 to how he met Sharon and how they really are perfect for each other. I definitely enjoyed it!
Date published: 2011-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy smokes!!! Amazing! Ozzy seems really unstable according to the media, but this book will open your eyes to the funny, down-to-earth, real person that he actually is. So entertaining!!!
Date published: 2011-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was expecting better I love the man. When you've been listening to the man's music for decades it's obvious that you become interested in certain things about his personal life. I know the rock scene. I've been there, even if it wasn't near the level these rock legends have reached. It doesn't take a genius to know about the decadent sex parties, drunkenness, drugs and depravity that is available on the rock 'n' roll scene. I expected some of it but I didn't need the volume that OZZY chose to include in this autobiography. Once I reached halfway through the book I said, "Okay! Okay! Ozzy! We get it! You were an alcoholic. a drug attic and an ass-hole for most of those years. Enough already with all the disgusting details!" I was expecting to find more details on his career, work and relationships. Like what inspired him to write certain songs and albums, his relationships with his band mates and the like. He does give some of that but can't seem to stop himself from again going back to another drunken binge story, passing out on the floor or telling somebody to f@%k off! I got the same disappointment with Aerosmiths biography WALK THIS WAY: Decadence, Drugs and Depravity. What's so great about hearing how your artistic heroes made absolute fools of themselves...over and over and over again? Give me a break already!
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS, ENTERTAINING, SHOCKING AND HONEST- a great read I grew up in the 80's so the Ozzy that I knew wasn't the comical, stuttering MTV family man of today but the Prince of darkness. Black Sabbath's scary, out of control singer who bit the head off of bats and doves and worshiped the devil. (Or so the rumours said) My brother used to play his records (yes I'm that old) during his rocker/bad boy phase (he's now with the RCMP) and I remember being forced to listen to Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train and Bark At The Moon 24 hours a day. Ozzy's exploits with drugs, women and Satan were legendary when I was growing up. In those days he was the ultimate in heavy metal music, if you wanted to be cool there just wasn't anybody badder or scarier. So you can imagine how strange it was for me to see him years later bumbling around with his family on MTV. Who the hell was this guy? Although he did provide an excellent example of the 80's campaign "this is what happens to your brain on drugs" (anyone remember that ad with the fried egg?) It was hard for me to comprehend though that this was the same man, Ozzy was the devil not a man who lived in the English countryside with a wife and kids. I was intrigued enough that I had to read his biography, to figure out which Ozzy was the real Ozzy. The truth is though, they both are. Honestly this is one of the better rock biographies out there and I give credit to co-author Chris Ayers who's managed to piece together all of Ozzy's insane stories yet still allowed his true voice to ring through. I did wonder how on earth Ozzy could possibly write a book much less remember anything after 40 years of drug and alcohol abuse but it turns out the godfather of heavy metal remembers quite a lot. We start at the beginning in England with "John" growing up in a poor factory town without enough to eat or an indoor toilet. Crazy from the get-go John always wanted more and his rise to fame is an amazing journey. Ozzy admits early on to struggling with dyslexia and I can only assume that he dictated this, leaving Chris Ayers with his work cut out for him. He's done a fantastic job though because this flows really well and every page is funny, fascinating, shocking, at times unbelievable and brutally honest. All the dirt is here too so if you're a fan of the music then theres a plethora of information about album covers, lyrics, band politics and the truth behind the music. We also get to see a lot of other rock royalty joining in the debauchery. In the end I wondered (as Ozzy does) how he's managed to stay alive through it all. All aboard ... Some of the many highlights for me were; 32 pages of color photographs His jobs in a meat processing factory and testing car horns (pardon?) His rise to fame and first experiences in America, the land of plenty (of cocaine) His sexual exploits with groupies including an aids scare Details of his first marriage and trying to keep it together for the kids while seeing Sharon Almost killing a vicar with hash cake The real story behind the bat The death of his guitarist in an airplane that crashed into his tour bus Waking up in the middle of a freeway Figuring Betty Ford could teach him to drink like James Bond (a gentleman) His remorse over the moments he missed in his children's lives because he was always pissed Buying a horse because he couldn't pass his drivers test and riding it to the pub The realization that guns and booze don't mix His numerous arrests including the infamous pissing on the Alamo The chaos that ensued after the success of the Osborne's His love for Sharon His political views Meeting Bush and the Queen Why he stutters and shakes The horror when he wakes up in jail not knowing why he is there and is told he tried to kill Sharon. How Sharon stuck by him through years of outrageous intoxicated behaviour. Where he is now
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good! I bought the audio book for my husband to listen to in the car.We listened to it while on a road trip; it is really funny and interesting.
Date published: 2011-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Heartwarming Story of the Prince of Darkness! One of my favourite bands growing up was Black Sabbath. Before I knew Sabbath, I knew Ozzy. One of the most theatrical performers on the metal circuit. Here he has penned (with considerable help) his life story to date. As a fan of the performer, this story gives you his best recollections of how he became a part of one of the most influential heavy metal bands and then one of the craziest solo acts ever. What is surprising about this book is how much he reveals about himself personally - his family, his addictions and the demons that have plagued is life to date. The book also gives you a behind the scenes look at th Osbournes, his hit reality tv show. All in all, a great read. The writing style is easy to read (it took me 3 days on the beach to finish). If you are really interested in finding out why Ozzy bit the head off a dove and a bat then read this book - you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Read I really enjoyed reading Ozzy Osbourne's autobiography. It was a delightful read that had me laughing out loud on many occasions. You will love it and walk away with a deeper understanding and perhaps even fondness for John Osbourne.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic What a fantastic book. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I could almost hear Ozzy's voice, telling me these stories. There were pages, early on, that were so gross I found them difficult to read. There were chapters that were so painful that I cried. But overall, this was the funniest, most amazing autobiography that I have ever read. Considering that Ozzy was out of his mind on dope and alcohol for almost 40 years, how is it that he was able to remember all the details?
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Man Ozzy! As a fan of Black Sabbath and Ozzy, this book blew me away! Ozzy is flying high again as he recounts his roots to the here and now. Scientists should be researching Ozzy and perhaps Keith Richards' blood for the cure for everything. Unbelievable how much chemicals and drugs Ozzy consumed over decades of rock and rolling. He should have been dead a long time ago but the man has a good heart. All of Ozzy's lurid tales are here with every page having you laughing out loud. If you are looking for any analysis of Sabbath and Ozzy songs, forgot about it. Definitely worth it even if you are not a metalhead - this book is guaranteed to make you smile and weep.
Date published: 2010-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was great! I never was into any of Ozzy's music but when I picked up this book I couldnt put it down! When I finished the book it was such a bitter sweet feeling. I still can't understand how that man is still living after everything.
Date published: 2010-02-24

– More About This Product –

I Am Ozzy

by Ozzy Osbourne
with Chris Ayres

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: January 25, 2010

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446569895

ISBN - 13: 9780446569897

About the Book

Osbourne freely admits that his dizzying life of excess should have killed him. People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. . . . But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

From the Publisher

"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 . . .'' Now me, 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 the devil. I''m just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

About the Author

Ozzy Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1948. He has sold over a hundred million records both with Black Sabbath and as an award-winning solo artist. He has five children and lives with his wife, Sharon, in California and Buckinghamshire.
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