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I Am Ozzy

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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  13,873 ratings  ·  872 reviews
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 kille ...more
ebook, 271 pages
Published January 25th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Buggy
Opening Line: "My father always said I would do something big one day."

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
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Artiom Karsiuk
How this man is still alive is beyond me. There are people who [to quote the Hulkster] say their prayers and eat their vitamins, yet they choke on a peanut or cross the street on a red light and it's curtains for them. Curtains, I say! But this guy did just about every drug there is and now enjoys a decently healthy life while being a grandfather.
I love rock music, but I can't say that I'm this hardcore fan of Black Sabbath or Ozzy - I do love some of his songs (the well known tunes, to be hone
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Lee
Wow, I am reading the most entertaining biography out there. This one I simply can't stop laughing - I am about half way through this book and can tell you that it is now my most favorite book. Since this is a library copy that I am reading I plan to still buy the book. I love Ozzy and his book so much. Even if you are not a Black Sabbath fan, I am sure you will enjoy this book. I recommend this book for reading to lighten their day and for a thoroughly relaxing little getaway from the stresses ...more
Erika
Every time I watched the cover of this book I couldn’t get out of my head this song by Ozzy Osbourne "Over The Mountain". Just this part:

”Don’t need no astrology
It’s inside of you and me
You don’t need a ticket to fly with me
I’m free yeah”

Playing over and over again.

And you know what, it's true!

It's free! (Well... At least it was when I downloaded it.)

This probably is the funniest autobiography out there. I literally burst out laughing several times. Once I was at work, reading and couldn’t sto
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Alexandra
Diese Bio ist fast das verückteste vor allem nicht fiktionale Werk, das ich je gelesen habe. Jedesmal denkt man - neiiin Ozzy mach das jetzt nicht und dann tut er es doch. Von den ersten Jobs in der Fabrik über das Schlachthaus bis zur Musikerkarriere vergisst Ozzy nie, woher er kommt und bleibt sich treu, obwohl er meist nicht ganz Herr seiner Sinne ist und wie eine geladene Waffe voller Unsinn und den Kopf voller Drogen und Alkohol durch sein Leben stolpert. Auch an ehrlicher Selbstkritik bezü ...more
Cody
The writing is truly atrocious. It reads like Ozzy dictated his life story into a tape recorder, handed it to the ghost writer, and said "Transcribe this word for word." Since Ozzy left school at 15, you can probably guess how that went.

But you don't read this book for the prose; you read it for the stories. And oh, the stories. The famous dove, bat, and Alamo tales are there, as are more behind the scenes accounts of band in-fighting and tragedy. Ozzy doesn't hold back on any of his crazy esca
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Torie Duda
Having grown up in the 80's and being a HUGE fan of Duran Duran and the likes, I admit that Ozzy Osbourne scared the bejeezus out of me. His music scared me...his pictures scared me...don't even get me started on his videos!

It wasn't until MTV started with "The Osbournes" that I saw a completely different side of him...and I actually loved him (and his nutty family!). I was so excited to read that he had a book coming out that I snatched it up as soon as I found it...

I must say, it is written as
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Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
Ozzy Osbourne is interesting for some reason.
His book was fascinating. The main think you think as you read it is, how did this man SURVIVE all of this?
He did just about every drug in existence, drank tons of alcohol and got into so many dangerous situations and here he is alive to tell about it.
I must say, I think I'd rather hang with the Osbournes than the Duggars for some reason. They seem like fun and they'd have raucous metal and as mild as I am, despite the fact that I seldom cuss in publi
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İlkim
Okurken vay be dedirten bir kitaptı. Ozzy'nin Black Sabbath'ın kuruluşuyla başından geçenleri bu kitapta gayet güzel öğreniyoruz. Ama kitap Ozzy'nin çocukluğu ve gençliği ile başlıyor, ailesini ve girdiği işleri öğreniyoruz. Sonra da Tony Iommi ve diğerleri ile nasıl orijinal Black Sabbath'ın kurulduğunu anlatıyor. Şöhret basamaklarını nasıl tırmandıklarını, sonra herkesin kendi yoluna gittiğini, kendi grubuyla turlarken başına gelen faciayı (gitaristinin ölümü) ve Sharon ile kurduğu ilginç aile ...more
Azadeh
So far Ozzy and his ghost writer are hilarious and keep me in stitches!
Rick Carroll
Jan 03, 2015 Rick Carroll rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Rick by: Darlene Ryan
I want to share one passage from this book:

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They just wouldn't fuck off, those Satanists. I'd walk out of my hotel in the morning, and they'd be right outside my door, sitting in a circle on the carpet, all dressed in black hooded capes, surrounded by candles. Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore. So, one morning, instead of brushing past them as I usually did, I went up to them, sat down, took a deep breath, blew out the candles and sang 'Happy Birthday'.

They weren't too fucking happy about
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Jeb
Where to begin.

Ozzy is the Alexander the Great of substance abuse, except that he didn't die in his early 30s despite every attempt to do so.

I believe that this book is proof that there is no underlying justice in the world. How can Dio be dead and this pickled human still live?

The inherent injustice aside, my wife said that she has never heard me laugh out loud so many times while reading a book. Laugh-horror is the only 'adjective' I can think of to describe my impression throughout the autob
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Jerry
As a long time fan of Ozzy, I was excited to find he had written an autobiography. Even if I've stopped following his recent activity, his music has been a constant in my life for at least thirty years. So I decided to read this book. I'd already heard so many of the stories, and remembered a lot of them from the news. So I didn't expect too much.

I was wrong. This book is phenomenal. It is everything an autobiography should be. Ozzy starts from childhood and goes straight up to the writing of hi
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Michael Silver
I am ozzy is a book about the life of the famous singer John Michael (Ozzy) Osbourne. Reading through his autobiography i began to understand the influence of his life on his music. his musical career from the beginning changed music forever. The band black sabbath wich consisted of Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iomi, Geezer Butler, and Bill ward created some would say a whole new genre of music wich at the time was just called heavy metal. in this book the reader will learn about who Ozzy is, what he has ...more
Alora
The reviews for this book were so great I just had to check it out. And besides, while I was never a serious head-banger I did have my Ozzy 8-track back in the day... and I was darn curious to see what he has to say now that he's old enough to be someone's grandpa.

First of all, if you are at all easily-shocked, don't read this. Second of all, if you can't hand the odd (as in mentioned every other sentence) four-letter word, don't read this.

But I did. And, honestly, I was completely engrossed all
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Pamela Su
Surprisingly down-to-earth. Hilarious and yet oddly tender.

I know nothing about Black Sabbath and I never watched The Osbournes, except for the odd trailers that I would catch on tv.

I was fascinated by Ozzy's version of his life. There's a blunt honesty in this book and a kind of vulnerability that peeks through the words. It says a lot about the power of his story that I didn't hate him for the atrocious things that he's done.

Iconic moments of insanity had new amusing meaning. Some of the dark
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Michael
May 19, 2011 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: musicians and wannabees
Recommended to Michael by: a goodreads friend
You can blame Keff Richards for the only three stars. Had I read Ozzy's book first, he would have received four and Keith only three. The story is the same, only the street names were changed to protect their innocence. Post-war England, described in most books as a shit-hole forever filmed in black and white. In the USA, we were trying to recover from the murder of our President, and the different reality of black and white. Music changed our lives. Some worked very hard and they escaped the sh ...more
John
I've never been a big fan of Ozzy. As a kid, I found him too scary, then later, once he started doing THE OSBOURNES, he just seemed like such an unbelievable idiot.
I AM OZZY didn't do much to increase my respect for him, but the book at least managed to make him somewhat relatable. Unlike with THE OSBOURNES, I spent as much time laughing WITH Ozzy as AT him.
Turns out Ozzy can be a really funny guy (especially with the right co-writer). He claims to have a big ego, but I wouldn't have guessed it
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Jen
Originally Published On My Review Blog

In "I Am Ozzy" by Ozzy Osbourne, Osbourne lets us in on every single detail of his life, including intoxicated adventures, drug escapades, terrible jobs and his struggle to becoming the person he is today.

If you think about Ozzy Osbourne, the prince of darkness, lead singer of Black Sabbath, you're usually associating him with satanism, murder, drugs and a lot of hatred. This novel shows that he's absolutely not the person the media portrays him as. He's a
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Lorie
It was a candid biography by Ozzy. I was not disappointed, and he told it like it was and his personality was woven throughout the book. I could hear his voice in my head as I was reading it, and he was not mumbling.
I highly recommend it to everyone and it is definitely one of the Top Ten Rock n Roll biographies/autobiographies I have read.
Thom Sutton
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Ozzy is more or less the ideal author for an autobiography in that his life has been a none-stop whirlwind of total insanity and he doesn't have any particular scruples about describing all that insanity. He doesn't seem to remember many of the more notable details from long stretches of his music career, such as, say, recording most of the Black Sabbath albums, so the bulk of the book is devoted to describing his substance abuse and the problems he's made for himself as a result
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T. Edmund
Well... Wow, just wow. It must have been said so many times before, but just how can this man take so many drugs over the all decades of his life? Like most biographies, Ozzy’s covers his early childhood and some of his early ‘work’ experiences. Unlike many biographies (although not that uncommon amongst musicians’) after his initial success in Black Sabbath, Ozzy’s life drops into an endless rush of booze, illegal drugs, legal drugs and substances not supposed to be consumed by human mortals.


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Jeff
Mar 30, 2010 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Black Sabbath fans, music bio junkies, pop culture readers
The Prince of Darkness, aka John "Ozzy" Osbourne comes clean, literally, in his autobiography released in 2009 in Britain and this year in America. Despite 40+ years of heavy (read: lethal for most) alcohol and drug abuse, gruesome incidents involving animal beheadings, and general rock 'n roll excess, Ozzy lives to tell the tale and claims 4-5 years of sobriety as of 2009. In fact, his Beverly Hills doctors tell him, he's quite healthy by 60-year old standards.

The best part of the book details
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Candy
Dude. Ozzy wrote a book. No, really, seriously. I admit that I kinda scratched my head when I heard that he had one coming out. It's taken me a while to read it because... well, I can barely understand what the dude is saying these days. I'm kind of scared of what he'll write - or if it will be coherent. The man has taken so many drugs throughout his life, I'd be surprised if he remembers his own name...

Imagine my surprise when I found his story is actually quite fascinating. A big kudos to him
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Chip'sBookBinge
How fitting it is to come from reading one of the worst books ever in that of Tommyland to this one, I Am Ozzy, which is the epitome of how to write a book. I Am Ozzy is hands down the best Rock Biography I have ever read. From page one to the very end of the book, there is not one wasted moment. Everything I read in I Am Ozzy is perfect. It's engaging, entertaining and more often than not, extremely funny.

I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud at some of the stories Ozzy would recou
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Chris
My favorite metal records of all time have been a tie between two things for the last 25 years: Ozzy-era Sabbath and early Motorhead. My suspicion is that I will never stop feeling this way... and yes, 0zzy HAS done a few solo records worth a damn, too.

The thing I learned from this book that I'd NEVER seen any details about before was the crash/ death of Randy Rhoads. Ozzy discusses it in detail, and it's one of the more surreal tragedies in rock history, if not THE strangest.

I was surprised how
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Phil Stokoe
Having been a fan of Ozzy since..well more years than I care to remember right now, and a big fan of autobiographies I can't believe that it's taken me this long to get around to reading this one, but eventually I did..and I debated for quite a while over whether I should award it 4 or 5 stars but in the end I decided 4 as it's incredibly difficult for me to give a book 5 stars.

That said I found this to be a really enjoyable read and it was good to get the stories I'd heard or read about for yea
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Iowa City Public Library
Who would have thought a book about addiction , poverty and music could be so funny? I have been aware of Ozzy Osbourne for many years and while not a fan of his type of music I do realize that he did have a special gift. Born in a family that was very poor, Osbourne grew up listening to the radio and through a lot of hard work found himself on the radio with his own group Black Sabbath. Sabbath, was one of the pioneering groups that performed Heavy Metal Rock and Roll. Sabbath is in The Rock an ...more
Bet Lantaff
I really don't like to read autobiographies. I hate reading about other people's lives. I've read a very small few of them in my years (I can count them all on 2 fingers) and didn't really think that much of them. Which is what amazes me about liking this one so well. I don't care for Osbourne's music, so therefore wasn't interested in his book. A friend recommended it to me and I borrowed a copy. It immediately hooked me from the dedication at the front of the book. This book is written as if O ...more
Chris
Underneath the incoherent mumbling, does Ozzy have anything to say about his life? Why DID he bite the head off of a live bat on stage?

I didn't read this because I'm a Black Sabbath fan, and I've never watched The Osbournes. I mostly picked it up because it was available as a digital download from my county library, and I thought it would be an interesting read. It was.

Ozzy is an entertaining narrator. The book breezes quickly along, and the author shares all kinds of crazy stories without taki
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John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is the lead vocalist of the pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a multi-platinum, award winning successful solo artist and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. Considered by many to be the "Godfather of Heavy Metal," Ozzy has enjoyed a career that has now spanned four decades.
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