The final word in sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne shares his unbelievable story for the first time in this tell-all memoir.
"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."
I highly recommend this audio book, the interview with Ozzy at the end is alone worth the $15 quid! I also have the hardcover book which goes into more detail and makes owning them both a great collection! Ozzy has made this world a better place with his motivating lyrics and priceless entertainment! See you on the Other Side Ozzy!!!
Superb with a Sedaris-style of delivery!
I was leery when I first saw that Ozzy had a book out--possibly, from expecting a repeat of the TV series, Meet the Osbournes. Then I tried the sample chapter included with an issue of Paste magazine... from there, I was totally hooked & immediately downloaded the audiobook. At first I was a little disappointed with him not narrating, but I'm convinced that Skinner gives an accurate portrayal.
I really like the amount of detail to what was going on around him during every stage of his life, and by using albums and tours as milestones. I'm amazed by his innocence, humility and being able to step back and never take himself too seriously. Capitalizing on his character flaws and passion for just being in a band, he seems truly grateful for all he's amassed, with very few regrets. Full of hilarious accounts of coping with life, mostly under the influence--if you can handle the strong language, this is fantastic.
Worth every penny. So great...especially if you're an Ozzy fan..