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Ozzy Osbourne - "The Wit And Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne" (Book)

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Reviewed by on January 10, 2011

"Along with an introduction and chapter introductions, Thompson brilliantly arranges the words of Ozzy better than even his wife Sharon would do so."

The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne, the new book from author Dave Thompson, is essentially the definitive Ozzy interview based on hundreds of collected quotes. Along with an introduction and chapter introductions, Thompson brilliantly arranges the words of Ozzy better than even his wife Sharon would do so.

So what are some of these quotes? Let’s take a look at a few:

“There were two horses in the field. They were talking to me.”

“I advise that pregnant women do not come to my concerts.”

“It took a lot of water to down just that fucking bat’s head. It’s still stuck in my throat after all these years…You’re the guy that kills creatures? You still do it? You do it every night? It happened once, for Christ’s sake.”

“Bubbles! Oh come on Sharon! I’m fucking Ozzy Osbourne, I’m the Prince of fucking Darkness. Evil! Evil! What’s fucking evil about a shitload of bubbles!”

“Sometimes I’m scared of being Ozzy Osbourne. But it could have been worse. I could have been Sting.”

“It’s good fun and it’s had great rewards. It’s been such an eye opener for me. Everything that I have ever wanted to have has come from rock and roll. I’ve had happiness, I’ve had sadness. I’ve had everything. I’ve experienced life, death, birth, marriage, divorce, and it’s been a whole bunch of fun. I wouldn’t have it any different. I’d do it all again tomorrow.”

In his Ozzy-like straightforward fashion Osbourne takes on a variety of subjects with both modesty and a dash of humor. Because this book covers multiple decades you get a feel for Ozzy both growing as an artist and a person. What better way to feel this than through the words of the man himself? From Black Sabbath to his years as a solo artist to the reality television years, all are covered in this book. Drunken rants followed by confusion followed by disappointments make the reader understand Ozzy from a new perspective, a full life without regrets.

Highs: Navigate through chapters titled “Riding the Crazy Train” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” to find hidden nuggets through the words of Ozzy.

Lows: Anyone who doesn’t like to see the "F-word" repeated often should stay away from this book.

Bottom line: Must have for any true Ozzy fan. This book reads like the definitive interview of Ozzy Osbourne.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)