Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock's Ultimate Survivor Hardcover – Oct 11 2011
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About the Author
Ozzy Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1948. He has sold over a hundred million records both with Black Sabbath and as a Grammy Award-winning solo artist. He has five children and lives with his wife, Sharon, in California and Buckinghamshire.
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His answers are often very funny but he's also honest; sometimes he says it's best the asker (s) go see a doctor. At times his answers make complete sense and he can relate to the asker's questions because he's been through a lot during his 62 years.Read more ›
To be honest, I was expecting this book to be full of humour all centered uniquely on health matters. Instead, I found this book to be full of sound, reasonable, common sense advice on several topics - including drug and alcohol abuse. As an added bonus, Ozzy has included quite a bit from his own personal life experiences which makes this book doubly interesting. And the humour is there, as well! In fact, on several occasions I had tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard.
The writing style is very clear, lively and friendly, but especially it's, well, Ozzy's. This book can be enjoyed by anyone looking for a light, pleasant, humorous and informative read - Ozzy fan or not.
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His answers are often very funny but he's also honest; sometimes he says it's best the asker (s) go see a doctor. At times his answers make complete sense and he can relate to the asker's questions because he's been through a lot during his 62 years. Ozzy receives all kinds of questions and every single answer is funny if nothing else. Ozzy also discusses his genome which explains how he managed to survive all he went through. It's the more complicated part of the book with plenty of medical terms but the facts were interesting. I loved reading the questions and Ozzy's answers but another part I really liked was the quizzes. The questions are more or less divided into chapters related to different topics. At the end of the questions and the chapter, there is a quiz. Now those quizzes are related to medical health and some of the questions are far out and their answers even crazier. I learned a lot of crazy and unnecessary facts but they sure will make for interesting conversation. For instance a question is "What did Cleopatra put on her face as part of a beauty treatment?". I could never have guessed that the answer would have been alligator feces!
I read the book in one sitting in a few hours and even if it's a little on the brief side, it's a fun and entertaining read. I can't say that Ozzy gives the best advice (and in some cases he seems to make fun of the questions and those who make them up) but he's honest and you can't fault him for that. Besides you don't think he's a real doctor, do you? Some of his advice on the other hand looks rather well-thought and is sincere. The man's been through a lot and even if most people think he's just this crazy, old character, the Prince of Darkness is funny, charming and at times even displays some wisdom. If you're looking for Oz's bio you came to the wrong place, "I Am Ozzy" is what you want. If you read his biography and are looking for more, or perhaps just curious then "Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy" is a very good and entertaining read. 4/5 stars.
I purchased the book at a book signing, and as such didn't get around to reading it for another couple months (the signed copy being completely protected since I got it signed, I had to wait to get another copy, which was delayed due to school keeping me busy). After sitting down and reading it, you get to see the humorous, sarcastic wisdom that comes with years of joking around and dealing with every kind of drug imaginable.
Do I think the book should be taken seriously? Not entirely... though there can be no denying that a fair bit of it is worth the read, and who knows? Might actually lead to some good.
Naturally, the book is hilarious, although in truth it doesn't really pick up until about page 120, after which there were several points that made me laugh out loud. The back cover, with Ozzy's "medical certificate" from the University of Rock 'n' Roll of Aston, Birmingham (signed by "Dr Malory Practice, IOU") is hilarious, as is the disclaimer (including the fine print in the "Important Safety Information" section - "Trials have shown that a low dose of DR OZZY is no safer than a high dose of DR OZZY"), and even the table of contents itself (Chapter 3 - Pruning: Cleanliness Is Next to Ozzyness; Chapter 4 - Family, The Other F Word: You Love `Em to Death, but They Drive You Mental; Chapter - 10 Sex, Romance & Ballcare: Dr Ozzy's Guide to the Bats and the Bees). In some cases he references an activity, like buying drugs or purchasing a rifle, with a footnote that says "might not be legal where you live" - no duh, sherlock! The book is co-written with Chris Ayres, who co-authored his autobiography, and there is probably also a real medical practitioner around as a consultant. A phrase on one of the early pages says "The Doctor Is In... sane". No more fitting words were ever spoken. But he's not the only one who's bonkers, as we'll see.
And so, actually, it's the people who write in from North America and Europe (but also other parts of the world, including China, Dubai, Ghana and Japan) with questions who are the real stars of the book, and there are hundreds of odd cases. Like the 65-year old who asks Dr Ozzy's advice about how to rebuild his flagging libido, after going from a daily bonk with the missus to only two or three a week (get some perspective, Ozzy says - most people don't get it two or three times a week); there's the girl who is debating whether to sleep with her mom's younger boyfriend (Ozzy proves himself a hero and gives advice that only a guy would give); the dummy whose son has told him he's gay, whose reaction is that it's the friends he hangs out with, and an escort might bring out his closet heterosexual; someone whose son self-pleasures all the time ("Ask him if he's been making any model planes recently, because you're finding glue all over the place... with any luck he'll be so embarrassed, he'll never dirty the carpet again."); a guy buys his wife a personal massager as a gift, only to have it become his competitor for her affections (ha ha... serves him right); the guy who's concerned about passing stool after he has his pre-breakfast cigarette (If you're a smoker, why the scoot are you wasting time worrying about your bowels - what about your LUNGS?"), and many more.
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