By Ozzy Osbourne
EDITORIAL assessment: "They've stated a few loopy issues approximately me through the years. I suggest, ok: 'He bit the top off a bat.' sure. 'He bit the pinnacle off a dove.' convinced. yet then you definitely listen such things as, 'Ozzy went to the exhibit final evening, yet he would not practice till he'd killed fifteen doggies . . .' Now *me*, kill fifteen pups? i admire domestic dogs. i have eighteen of the f**king issues at domestic. i have killed a couple of cows in my time, brain you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my condo that evening. It haunts me, all this loopy stuff. each day of my existence has been an occasion. I took deadly mixtures of booze and medicine for thirty f**king years. I survived an immediate hit by means of a aircraft, suicidal overdoses, STDs. i have been accused of tried homicide. Then I nearly died whereas using over a bump on a quad motorcycle at f**king miles in keeping with hour. humans question me how come i am nonetheless alive, and that i do not know what to assert. whilst i used to be turning out to be up, if you would have positioned me up opposed to a wall with the opposite teenagers from my highway and requested me which considered one of us was once gonna make it to the age of sixty, which considered one of us may turn out with 5 little ones and 4 grandkids and homes in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, i would not have placed funds on me, no f**king means. yet the following i'm: able to inform my tale, in my very own phrases, for the 1st time. loads of it ain't gonna be lovely. i have performed a few undesirable issues in my time. i have constantly been interested in the darkish part, me. yet I ain't the *devil*. i am simply John Osbourne: a working-class child from Aston, who give up his activity within the manufacturing facility and went searching for an exceptional time."
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But I’ve been able to get through an entire book only a few times in my life. Every blue moon this thing in my head will release, and I’ll try to read as many books as I can, because when it closes up it goes straight back to the way it was, and I end up just sitting there, staring at Chinese. For as long as I can remember people called me ‘Ozzy’ at school. I haven’t got a clue who first came up with it, or when, or why. It was just a nickname for Osbourne, I suppose, but it fitted my clownish personality.
Then I went to hospital, and the doctor gave me another bollocking. It didn’t stop me and Pat, though. After the apples we moved on to robbing parking meters. Then we got into some petty shoplifting. My folks had six kids and not much dough, and if you’re in that kind of desperate situation, you’ll do whatever you can for your next meal. ’ It’s what made me who I am. Another scam we came up with was standing outside Aston Villa’s ground on match days and charging the fans a halfshilling each to ‘mind’ their cars.
The guards emptied my pockets and put all my stuff in this little plastic bag – wallet, keys, fags – and they had a good old laugh about my long, flowing brown hair. ‘The boys in Block H are gonna love you,’ one of ’em whispered to me. ’ I had no idea what he meant. But I found out soon enough. Unless your life’s ambition was to work in a factory, killing yourself with all-night shifts on an assembly line, there wasn’t much to look forward to, growing up in Aston. The only jobs to be had were in the factories.
I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne