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.
The basic story of John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne (born December 3, 1948), is familiar to most rock fans. He grew up in the heavily industrial city of Birmingham, England with little options besides the factory floor, or a life of crime. Somehow, he and the other three members of Black Sabbath managed to rise above their surroundings though, to become one of the most popular bands in the world.
With all of his dreams having come true before reaching the age of 25, there was nothing to do but indulge. This was the Seventies, after all. It got so bad that the band fired him in 1979. Then Sharon Arden came into his life, and one of the great career resuscitations of all time occurred. Ozzy and young guitar phenom Randy Rhoads wrote and recorded most of the material that would become Blizzard Of Ozz, and Diary Of A Madman. Then Rhodes’ life was tragically taken in a helicopter crash.
Ozzy persevered though, scoring a few more hits, doing a lot of drugs, and eventually headlining Ozzfest. But with the debut of The Osbournes in 2002, things went absolutely insane. He and Sharon were even invited to the White House that year.
Like most people, I assumed that Ozzy was relatively clean during the filming of the program. His manner seemed to be that of someone who done a few too many drugs over the years, maybe lost more than his fair share of brain cells. A man who had a rich family life though, which was something that would always sustain him, no matter how many F-words were uttered.