I Am Ozzy

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I Am Ozzy
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Authors Ozzy Osbourne
Chris Ayres
Country United States
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Publication date
January 25, 2010
Media type Print (Hardcover, paperback)
Pages 416 pp
ISBN 978-0-446-57313-9
Followed by Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy

I Am Ozzy is the autobiography of Ozzy Osbourne, [1] vocalist of Black Sabbath and solo singer. It chronicles his life, beginning as a child, followed by his career as a vocalist. The book was widely praised by its readers for its level of detail, and humor. [2] [3] It currently holds a 4.6/5 rating on Amazon.com. [4]

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

So far, Ozzy has signed his autobiography at a Borders in New York City on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. [5] The book was co-written by Chris Ayres, because of Osbourne's dyslexia. The audio book was read by Frank Skinner.

Chris Ayres is a New York Times-bestselling author and journalist. He was born in 1975 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but now lives in Los Angeles. He currently co-writes the 'Ask Dr Ozzy' column with Ozzy Osbourne for The Sunday Times Magazine (London) and Rolling Stone, and is a regular contributor to British GQ and The Times (London). He writes occasional columns for The Los Angeles Times and has been published in Forbes, Conde Nast Traveller, and Playboy.

Dyslexia neurological condition, developmental or acquired

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn.

Frank Skinner English comedian and television personality

Frank Skinner is an English writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter, and actor. At the 2001 British Comedy Awards, he was awarded the Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.


In 2010, Osbourne won the "Literary Achievement" honour for his memoir, I Am Ozzy, at the Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California. Osbourne was presented with the award by Sir Ben Kingsley. [6] The book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times' hardcover non-fiction best-seller list. [7] The book holds a 4.09 rating of 5 on goodreads.com [8]

Ben Kingsley British actor

Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He has appeared in Schindler's List (1993), Twelfth Night (1996), Sexy Beast (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hugo (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Boxtrolls (2014), and The Jungle Book (2016).

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