I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne

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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 . . .' 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 Ozzy Osbourne

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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.
 
Published January 7, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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She lands in Las Vegas and soon falls into the company of a faster crew, including the cast of a rock ’n’ roll impersonators show (especially Prince) and a cancer survivor named Valka — “All of her was this mix of being beautiful and strong” — to whom Catherine tells the story of her failed marri...

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The Guardian

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The world left John Ozzy Osbourne behind a long time ago - possibly at birth.

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BC Books

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"They said I would never write this book," Ozzy Osbourne.

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While the book is told exclusively from Ozzy's viewpoint and based on his memory of events, the film uses never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with family members, band mates, and fellow musicians such as Tommy Lee of Motley Crue to document just what a destructive path Ozzy was on and...

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I am a little surprised that Sharon, er - I mean Ozzy, waited so long to put out the authorized story of rock’s “Prince Of Darkness.” Seven years after The Osbournes debuted on MTV, and became the most famous family on the planet, I Am Ozzy has been published.

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BC Books

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From his extremely rough childhood to his days as a teen working in a slaughterhouse to finding Black Sabbath and fame, through his brilliant solo career masterfully held together by his wife Sharon, to his infamous excesses, it's all here.

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Suite 101

A riveting documentary with a narrative penchant for the overly dramatic, Chasing Madoff looks at one man's decade-long quest to expose Wall Street fraud.

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Suite 101

On the last day of Fan Expo Canada, John Barrowman delighted his fans with tales from Torchwood, Doctor Who, and even a club featuring adult entertainment.

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Pajiba

Ozzy jumps from place to place, putting in things that happened in a way that makes you think that the previous story reminded him of this story, which reminded him of this…But it’s coherent and fluid and reasonably chronological, so it works.

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Zimbio

I found Ozzy's life interesting and there is no way anyone could say that he's had a dull life.

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Current

And we’ve heard most of these stories before — the bat, the pigeon, a certain Texas landmark to be named later — but the insight into what was going on in Osbourne’s head at the time makes the book an incredibly fascinating (and totally metal) psychological case study.

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MSN Entertainment

It might have taken him 60 years to reach some semblance of a normal life, but it’s starting to pay off: he’s looking good, his last album was an improvement over his recent work, he’s a stronger performer than he’s been in years, he’s got a terrific backing band behind him and a talented new col...

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