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Book Review: Trust Me, I’m Doctor Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne, with Chris Ayres

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Following the immense success of Ozzy Osbourne’s biography, I Am Ozzy, it was a natural move to make a book based on the advice column which Osbourne writes for The Sunday Magazine and Rolling Stone. After all, who knows more about drugs and dysfunction than Ozzy does? Who else has sampled probably every drug known to man, broken his neck, survived a number of bizarre near-death experiences, and generally had more experience with more things than most of the inhabitants of planet earth? And thus, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy was born.

The surprising thing here is that Ozzy often gives pretty good advice. And he is always careful to caution anyone who seems to have a real medical or psychological issue to get real professional help rather than depend on Dr. Ozzy.

The quizzes and extra material included in every chapter also are both amusing and often quite informative.

But the real pleasure of the book is, of course, the truly amazing diversity of questions that people will ask Dr. Ozzy. A young woman wants to know if she should sleep with her mother’s younger boyfriend. Another reader wants to know if a person should just inject silicone into his or her scars and save the cost of plastic surgery. And what does it mean if you burst into tears whenever you urinate?

Ozzy often illustrates his answers to questions with anecdotes from his own history, and he finds ample opportunity to display his keen sense of humor. For instance, when a reader wrote to ask if she would get a terrible disease from swallowing a fly (no), Osbourne explains why swallowing a bumblebee while riding a bike at 70 mph is infinitely worse (“I thought I’d swallowed a — pigeon.”)

As a self-help book, proceed with caution. (In fact, if you’re considering this as a serious self-help book, seek professional help.) For a book that is a lot of fun, get it. You’ll be entertained.

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.
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    I wonder if Sharon is behind this? Isn’t she always pushing Ozzy to find ways to make more money? I bet Ozzy is really funny if you can understand what he is saying. Being printed material, you should be able to comprehend what Ozzy is saying, anyway.

  • http://www.rhettaakamatsu.com Rhetta

    Since he got clean and sober 5 years ago, he’s actually a lot easier to understand than he used to be. I don’t know if Sharon is behind it or not, or that she always pushes him to make more money. She makes a fair amount of money herself these days!