I Am Ozzy
Author: Ozzy Osbourne
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
"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."
Sharon Osbourne Extreme
Author: Sharon Osbourne
Publisher: Little, Brown
As the daughter of notorious rock manager Don Arden, Sharon Osbournes childhood was an unruly mix of glamour and violence. In her late 20s, Sharon finally made the painful decision to break with her family. Always irrepressible, Sharon flourished, creating a loving family of her own while becoming a legendary manager and rockband promoter. In rock star Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon found her soul mate, yet Ozzys drug and drink-fuelled excesseswhich culminated in his attempt to strangle hermade their marriage a whiteknuckle ride from the start; only her devotion to their three children gave her the will to survive. From the tremendous highs of the hit show The Osbournes to the lows of Ozzys near-fatal quad-bike accident and her own bout with colon cancer, Sharons tenacity, honesty, and humour have triumphed again and again.
Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy
Author: Ozzy Osbourne
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Wondering if science could explain how he survived his 40-year avalanche of drugs and alcohol, Ozzy Osbourne became one of a handful of people in the world to have his entire DNA mapped in 2010. It was a highly complex, $65,000 process, but the results were conclusive: Ozzy is a genetic anomaly. The "Full Ozzy Genome" contained variants that scientists had never before encountered and the findings were presented at the prestigious TEDMED Conference in San Diego-making headlines around the world. The procedure was in part sponsored by The Sunday Times of London, which had already caused an international fururoe by appointing Ozzy Osbourne its star health advice columnist. The newpaper argued that Ozzy's mutliple near-death experiences, 40-year history of drug abuse, and extreme hypocondria qualified him more than any other for the job. The column was an overnight hit, being quickly picked up by Rolling Stone to give it a global audience of millions. In TRUST ME, I'M DR. OZZY, Ozzy answers reader's questions with his outrageous wit and surprising wisdom, digging deep into his past to tell the memoir-style survival stories never published before-and offer guidance that no sane human being should follow. Part humor, part memoir, and part bad advice, TRUST ME, I'M DR. OZZY will include some of the best material from his published columns, answers to celebrities' medical questions, charts, sidebars, and more.
Ozzy Osbourne tells his story, from his tough upbringing within a family so poor that they all had to sleep in one room, through the days of excess on the road with Black Sabbath and the death of his best friend in a plane crash, to the love he has for his wife, Sharon, and his children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack.
Author: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
So you think you know the Osbournes? Think again. Here is the real story of the real people. Sharon and Ozzy tell us about their early careers, their relationship and how they became one of rock and roll's most enduring and much-loved couples. Here you will find the music, the drugs, the booze, the domestic violence and the excesses of rock stardom. But you will also find an incredibly moving picture of a family surviving in the midst of a media maelstrom. Having grown up and become famous in their own right, Aimee, Kelly and Jack reflect upon their parents' relationship, their household of extremes and what is was like growing up with the Prince of Darkness. But through all of the family traumas - Ozzy's multiple addictions, Sharon's cancer, Aimee's despair, Kelly's tantrums and Jack's drug abuse - the family have stuck together. This is a book for Ozzy fans, but also for all those interested in the music industry and in the story of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.
Death by Leisure
Author: Chris Ayres
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Published to rave reviews and now available in paperback, Death by Leisure is the incisive, irreverent, and savagely funny story of British journalist Chris Ayres’s attempt to infiltrate the American leisure class (and find true love) in the credit-fueled years before the economic collapse. When the bubble bursts, however, Ayres must learn to live without the billionaire balls, supermodel girlfriends, foie gras pina coladas, and caviar facials to which he’s grown accustomed. Just like the rest of us, alas.
Black Sabbath is considered the first heavy metal band ever. The group led by singer Ozzy Osbourne has pretty much surpassed any rock band since 1970. The wonderfully chaotic history of Black Sabbath is the clearest proof that rock music is indestructible! The ultimate Black Sabbath biography, packed with facts at first hand from people who have accompanied the Sabbath from its beginnings to the present day through a series of crises, conflicts and successes.
Author: Sharon Osbourne
Publisher: Hachette UK
Sharon Osbourne's life has always been an extreme rollercoaster ride. And despite her best efforts, the last few years have been the most dramatic and turbulent of all. In her gripping new autobiography Sharon reveals the truth behind the headlines. There have been times of huge joy and pleasure - becoming a grandmother for the first time and seeing both Jack and Kelly come through testing times to find happiness and contentment at last. But there has also been a lot of heartache. Sharon describes the shocking and unexpected battle to save her thirty-year marriage to Ozzy - and the devastating betrayal that lay behind their separation. She also lived through every mother's worst nightmare when Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis - and writes movingly of her hopes and fears for her beloved son. A tough but fair judge on the X Factor, Sharon is just as hard on herself. She is honest about the mistakes she has made - from misguided plastic surgery to her battles with her weight and body image. Filled with laughter, tears and hard-won wisdom, Unbreakable is as funny, frank and fearless as Sharon herself.
Author: Tony Iommi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The name 'Tony Iommi' sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world. As lead guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style - a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory - created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. Sabbath went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest - with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it. Iron Manis the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock's greatest heroes.
Die Datenbank - sie ist aus unserer modernen technisierten Gesellschaft nicht mehr wegzudenken, und verändert so unterschiedliche Lebensbereiche wie die Wissensbeschaffung, diverse Bereiche der Wirtschaft von der Logistik bis zum Personalwesen, biotechnologische Forschung aber auch die Partnersuche, die fiskalische Profilbildung, unser Freizeitverhalten und vieles mehr. Dieser Sammelband widmet sich der Datenbank im Hinblick auf die Frage nach ihrer Signifikanz für eine durch digitale Technologien und ludische Praxen geprägten Medienkultur. Sortieren, Sammeln, Suchen und Spielen werden dabei als zentrale Bereiche medialer Praxen begriffen, die sich auf Datenbanken rückbeziehen lassen und spezifisch durch diese informiert werden.
Features the lives and careers of heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter, Kelly, a musician experiencing some of the same substance abuse problems.
Author: Ilja Grzeskowitz
Publisher: GABAL Verlag GmbH
Veränderung ist überall. In so gut wie jedem Lebensbereich sorgen massive Veränderungen für Unsicherheit und Angst vor der Zukunft. Wie gelingt es trotzdem, nicht schon an den kleinsten Herausforderungen zu scheitern, sondern Veränderung auch unter schweren Rahmenbedingungen mit Gewinn zu bewältigen? Ilja Grzeskowitz rüttelt auf, hält den Spiegel vor und regt zum kritischen Denken an. Vor allem aber motiviert er den Leser mit vielen inspirierenden Geschichten, Fakten und praktischen Beispielen dazu, die graue Monotonie der Bequemlichkeit durch Mut, Leidenschaft und Commitment zu ersetzen. Der Autor vermittelt wirkungsvolle Prinzipien, mit denen Veränderung nicht länger als etwas Bedrohliches angesehen wird, sondern als einmalige Chance, eigene Wünsche und Träume umzusetzen. Mit den 4 Ws der Veränderung erfahren Sie die vier notwendigen Schritte, mit denen es Ihnen gelingt, aus jeder Herausforderung am Ende etwas Positives zu machen. Dieses Buch ist nichts für Besitzstandswahrer, Am-Status-quo-Festklammerer oder Komfortzonenausbauer. Es richtet sich an Unternehmer, Führungskräfte, Angestellte und alle Menschen, die sich nicht mit dem Mittelmaß zufrieden geben, sondern aus ihrem Leben etwas Besonderes machen wollen. Kurz: an Möglichkeitsdenker, Lebenstraumerfüller, Alltagsabenteurer, Visionäre, Verrückte, Regelbrecher und Romantiker.
All Aboard the Crazy Train This is Ozzy Osbourne in all his raw and unfiltered glory; four decades worth of his best quotes, oddest observations, risqué retorts, and yes, even articulate ponderings. Ozzy might come across as a nutter (and rightly so), but when you sit down and seriously consider what he's saying...well, he's f**king Ozzy Osbourne and he's got things to say! The Prince of Darkness sounds off on various topics including: Black Sabbath: "We thought, Let's scare the whole f**king planet with music." Drugs and Alcohol: "I was always a miserable drunk." Rehab: "I still take medication, but not for fun." Himself: "I don't know who Ozzy is. I wake up a new person every day." The Wit & Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne reveals Ozzy's philosophy of life and reflects the spirit of the man who made Black Sabbath famous, Christian groups frightened, and The Osbournes–a hit reality TV show.
Ozzy Knows Best
Author: Chris Nickson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Always outrageous but equally compelling, Ozzy Knows Best is THE book to have on Ozzy, MTV's The Osbournes, and everything in between. Meet the Osbournes: children Kelly and Jack, mother Sharon, and the father, none other than Godfather of Metal Ozzy Osbourne. Starring in MTV's most popular show ever, the Osbournes have proven that the family of a heavy metal superstar can teach America what parenting is all about with their new twist on family values. So what's made Ozzy into such a great father? Experience. You name it, he's done it. He's bitten the heads off doves and bats, urinated on the Alamo (while wearing a woman's dress!), and been addicted to drink and drugs. With his first band, Black Sabbath, he practically invented heavy metal. As a solo performer, he's sold millions of albums, and helped turn the annual Ozzfest tour into one of the biggest events in music. Learn how Ozzy went from being banned at the Alamo to a guest at the White House, from bats to Beverly Hills. It's all in here, with plenty of trivia-like why oldest daughter, Aimee, didn't want to be a part of series- and all the parenting tips any father needs to be as good a dad as Ozzy.
Author: Elizabeth Barfoot Christian
Publisher: Lexington Books
Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture, edited by Elizabeth Barfoot Christian, explores how different genres of popular music are branded and marketed today. The authors provide research explaining how established mainstream artists and bands, from Christian heavy metal bands to Kanye West to Marilyn Manson, are continuing to market themselves in an ever-changing technological world, and how such bands can use integrated marketing communication to effectively 'brand' themselves to prevent technology and delivery changes from stifling their success. Rock Brands further addresses the use of religious and political words and images to gain an audience, as well as the latest technological influences of gaming, reality television, and social networking websites.