Opening Line: "My father always said I would do something big one day."
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.
Some of the many highlights for me were;
-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 a gentleman or James Bond
-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
-Meeting the president and the Queen
-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.
-Why he stutters and shakes