By Phyllis Pollack
The “Crazy Train” is ready to roll through book stores. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s autobiography will be released on January 25, 2010. Titled I Am Ozzy, the book be released by Grand Central Publishing. The hardcover edition will cost $26.99.
Osbourne will be doing a book signing tour in support of his life story.
The book has Osbourne discussing topics including the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads, who tragically died in a plane crash in 1982, and other events that shaped Osbourne’s life and career. In his book, Ozzy talks about a myriad of subjects that include his family, Ozzy’s wife is rock manager Sharon Osbourne. The book will also discuss his family life, which includes Kelly, Jack and Aimee, and his wife Sharon. The singer also has two other children who live in Buckinghamshire, UK.
Osbourne who grew up with a tough childhood and has fought alcohol problems, has overcome many personal problems. Those aspects of his life are discussed in the book.
Ozzy’s career has been a lightening rod for controversy, with Osbourne always coming out on top. Osbourne’s quick wit , as well as that of his wife Sharon, who is extremely accomplished in her own right on many levels, are unarguably the most popular couple in the world of hard rock.
Osbourne was once a target of former Vice Presidential wife Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center (PRMC) for the artist’s imagery. The In addition to criticizing other recording artists, her 1988 book Raising PG Kids In An X-Rated Society directly attacked Osbourne, blaming his anti-alcohol song “Suicide Solution” for the death of a male fan that committed suicide. Gore’s organization, the Parents Music Resource Center, used Osbourne as a poster boy for blame of youth gone wrong. Ms. Gore was supported by rIght-wing, zealous religious groups that claimed Osbourne had backwards messages embedded in his music. When it became obvious that the attacks that both Ms. Gore and her husband Al Gore were involved in were a major liability to Gore’s political ambitions, particularly when it came to support from the entertainment industry, the Gores held a private meeting with entertainment executives in Los Angeles. The two conceded at the meeting that their crusade against lyrics was bad for Gore’s political career. Ms. Gore then distanced herself from the organization she co-founded with Susan Baker, the wife of former Secretary of State, James Baker.
When lawsuits were filed by parents against Osbourne, blaming his lyrics for three suicides, judges that presided over the cases ruled that Osbourne had nothing to with suicides.
An original member of the seminal hard rock group Black Sabbath, Osbourne has scheduled several book signings to promote I Am Ozzy.
The following schedule has been slated for the areas of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago or the Los Angeles area.
On Monday January 25, from, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Osbourne will be at Barnes And Noble at 555 Fifth Avenue at 46th St, New York, NY, 10017.
From 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Ozzy will be at Bookends, located at 232 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ, 07450.
On Tuesday January 26, Ozzy will sign books from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Borders, located at 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 10019.
Wednesday January 27, will have Osbourne, who has sold over a hundred million records, signing books from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Borders at 1 S. Broad St, Ste. 100, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.
Thursday January 28 will have the “Crazy Train” singer meeting fans who want a book signed in Boston from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, located there at 660 Beacon St.
On Saturday January 30, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the artist known for alleged bat biting will be at Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, located at 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL, 60077.
On Tuesday February 2,, the reality show star will be at Book Soup from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Book Soup at 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069.
On Wednesday February 3, Osbourne will be autographing books from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Barnes and Noble at 7881 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Watch the music video for Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears:”