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Monday, March 1, 2010

Review - I am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres

Title: I am Ozzy

Author: Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres

Publisher: Hachette

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Gabrielle

For those of us that grew up listening to Ozzy and Black Sabbath this book is a great insight into the life and times of a great artist.

Ozzy holds nothing back in his autobiography. He tells it all from his personal family life to the life of a rock star with all the drugs and sex that it included. At times he is brutally honest and tells things as they are. He deals with many more health issues than just being an alcoholic and a drug user and candidly talks about how it has all affected his life personally and professionally. I know that some of the stories and information in this book has been told before but it is nice to actually read it first hand from the person who lived it. Hearing about Ozzy’s early career and how he met many of his band mates and other musicians of the time was a very interesting read. This memoir definitely shows how the rock and roll lifestyle can take its toll on the performers and those around them. He tells of how bands can get mistreated and how sometimes they have no control over how they are presented to the public. I would recommend this book to any Ozzy enthusiast and even to others who claim that Ozzy is the Devil himself. This book is about a young man growing up poor who lives the dream and sometimes the nightmare of rock stardom and how he comes out of it in the end. As we learn about Ozzy’s life and struggles we learn that he is after all just a man, a man who has his dream job and loves his family more than ever. This story is fast paced and keeps the readers attention throughout the book. I listened to the audio version, which has a short interview with Ozzy himself at the end of the book, which was a nice bonus. Whether you enjoy Ozzy or not this is an interesting book about a man who fulfills his dream and is still marching on.


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