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Officially Osbourne: Opening the doors to the land of Oz [Paperback]

Family Osbourne , Todd Gold
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Nov. 19 2002

Once upon a time (well, maybe it was last year) in the land of Oz (a place that looks a lot like Beverly Hills, California), reigning Prince of Darkness and heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, his wife and sovereign ruler, Sharon, and teenage heirs to the throne, Jack and Kelly, gave MTV camera crews the keys to the kingdom for documenting the Osbourne way of life.

The result? The Osbournes. The history-making, Emmy-winning, media-frenzied, television-family-concept-redefining reality series that America can't get enough of. The Osbournes are all can't-even-walk-down-the-street-anymore-to-grab-a-bite-to-eat famous.

But hey, you knew all that already -- so here's the part of the story that may have gone over your head. What you've got in your hands goes beyond you tuning in to The Osbournes on MTV. Think of it as ordering the Ozzy Super Deluxe -- the fully authorized, officially sanctioned, Sharon's Seal of Approval companion guide to all things Osbourne.

It's all here: complete synopses to all ten unforgettable episodes (featuring a Bad Word Box Score), exclusive interviews, hundreds of photos, a private tour of the house, what pet's in the doghouse, an Osbourne lexicon, and so much more. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish they lived next door to you (unless you've got the music cranked at 4:00 A.M.). So spend a little time in the land of Oz -- and discover why there really is no #$&*ing place like home.


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In this brief but sustained eruption of pure distraction and humor, and in spite of her own decision not to participate in the show, Aimee Osbourne, daughter of 53-year old rock legend Ozzy, chronicles her family's first season experiences starring in their own MTV reality series. While Dad isn't "proud" of being an alcoholic or biting the head off a bat, and Mom thinks a big part of parenting is to be there when the kids "fuck up," Aimee speculates that the wild success of The Osbournes may be that "people like it because we're not that different. They relate to our issues," and she points to her parents' 20-plus year marriage and ability to raise three children "despite Dad's 14 trips to rehab." Aimee's crisp English accent and the tape's musical interludes somewhat belie the strings of bleeped expletives fans have come to expect, and will find in abundance here. Though audio excerpts of the family's "furious and frequent" fights from the television program sometimes seem disjointed, memorable Ozzy soundbites such as "Who's pissed on my fucking carpet?" and "It could be worse, I could be Sting" more than compensate.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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OZZY OSBOURNE, the veteran rocker and Grammy Award-winning lead singer of Black Sabbath, is an infamous name in the music industry. Although known to many as the dove-eating, bat-wielding rebellious frontman of Black Sabbath and notorious solo star, his fans know that offstage, Ozzy Osbourne is a family man and good-hearted soul who loves and appreciates his fans. TODD GOLD is an editor for PEOPLE MAGAZINE. He has co-authored several biographies including LITTLE LOST GIRL with Drew Barrymore and PRYOR CONVICTIONS with Richard Pryor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wizards of Os(bourne) May 27 2003
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Osbournes have gained fame not just for pioneering the reality TV show (and succeeding in it the way pretty much nobody else has), but for letting the masses in on their family life. It's weird, it's wacky, and when you pare it down it's pretty close to anyone else's family life. And that includes dogs peeing on the furniture, music, thongs, the arrogance of big sisters, getting tattoos, and much more.
"Officially Osbourne" is an episode guide (first season) interspersed with biographies, interviews, and information. Each of the bios includes favorite music, birth date, video games, personal philosophies, what their family members say about them, and then an interview. Each episode has a basic summary (about two or three paragraphs) and a slew of pictures. Also there are best lines ("Bubbles? Oh come on, Sharon! I'm the Prince of #$&*in' Darkness!"), and highlights (a fire in the kitchen -- "the first one in the new house").
There are chapters on other topics too: On Melinda Verga, a lower-key employee, on home decor (black, antiques, and crucifixes), the different rooms in the house, and on the pets (dogs and cats, most memorably Lola). One chapter is devoted to Ozzy and Sharon's parenting methods, and what their kids think of those methods. And most tantalizing of all is the chapter where they talk about what never made it onto your TV screen...
This book captures some of the spirit that infuses the Osbourne TV show. The coverage and interviews with Ozzy, smart wife Sharon and kids Jack and Kelly (Aimee declined to be in the show). Their attitudes are refreshingly honest and open -- in a celebrity subculture where people say prescripted, inoffensive lines, the Osbournes will tell the world what they do and don't like (Kelly hates pop singers, for example).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny Dec 25 2003
Format:Paperback
wow this book is so funny. better than the show. you get to know how the osbournes feel on sudden fame and get to see inside their home without going all the way to california. each of them including the dogs have a profile. and I literally laughed outloud reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the Osbournes March 27 2003
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Format:Paperback
Officially Osbourne is an excellent guide to the Osbournes. It shares details of the episodes, profiles of the family members, untold stories, interviews, parents' advice from Sharon and Ozzy, and more. The pictures in this book are mostly animated, and while regular photos would have been great, it does add a more fun approach to the book. This is a must have for fans. You'll learn so much more about the Osbournes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! Dec 10 2002
Format:Paperback
For any Osbourne fan, this is the book to get. It has every detail you ever wanted to know about the show. Great pictures and interviews, as well as info you didn't know!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wizards of Os(bourne) May 27 2003
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Osbournes have gained fame not just for pioneering the reality TV show (and succeeding in it the way pretty much nobody else has), but for letting the masses in on their family life. It's weird, it's wacky, and when you pare it down it's pretty close to anyone else's family life. And that includes dogs peeing on the furniture, music, thongs, the arrogance of big sisters, getting tattoos, and much more.
"Officially Osbourne" is an episode guide (first season) interspersed with biographies, interviews, and information. Each of the bios includes favorite music, birth date, video games, personal philosophies, what their family members say about them, and then an interview. Each episode has a basic summary (about two or three paragraphs) and a slew of pictures. Also there are best lines ("Bubbles? Oh come on, Sharon! I'm the Prince of #$&*in' Darkness!"), and highlights (a fire in the kitchen -- "the first one in the new house").
There are chapters on other topics too: On Melinda Verga, a lower-key employee, on home decor (black, antiques, and crucifixes), the different rooms in the house, and on the pets (dogs and cats, most memorably Lola). One chapter is devoted to Ozzy and Sharon's parenting methods, and what their kids think of those methods. And most tantalizing of all is the chapter where they talk about what never made it onto your TV screen...
This book captures some of the spirit that infuses the Osbourne TV show. The coverage and interviews with Ozzy, smart wife Sharon and kids Jack and Kelly (Aimee declined to be in the show). Their attitudes are refreshingly honest and open -- in a celebrity subculture where people say prescripted, inoffensive lines, the Osbournes will tell the world what they do and don't like (Kelly hates pop singers, for example).
The pages are likably colorful, not just black text on white paper. The pictures are a slightly more mixed bag -- there are a lot of them on almost every page in the book, of everyone: The house, the furnishings, the dogs... unfortunately, many are too small to look at easily, and some are blurred. Many are quite good, clear and well-lit.
"We're not the #$&*ing Partridge Family" -- Sharon said it best. And "Officially Osbourne" takes some of the best elements from the TV show and commits them to paper. Definitely recommended for people who watch the show.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the Osbournes March 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Officially Osbourne is an excellent guide to the Osbournes. It shares details of the episodes, profiles of the family members, untold stories, interviews, parents' advice from Sharon and Ozzy, and more. The pictures in this book are mostly animated, and while regular photos would have been great, it does add a more fun approach to the book. This is a must have for fans. You'll learn so much more about the Osbournes.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! Dec 10 2002
By V. jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For any Osbourne fan, this is the book to get. It has every detail you ever wanted to know about the show. Great pictures and interviews, as well as info you didn't know!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio review July 12 2008
By Barbara Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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This is interesting and fast moving. But any Audio listener it's only one CD. Wish Amazon would list how many cd's in each audio book description.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time Sept. 12 2009
By S. Scassa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unless you were unable to comprehend the show if you watched it there is no purpose in even looking at this book. Just more people trying to cash in on The Osbournes with laughable products.
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