Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz by Rudy Sarzo

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Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz

I certainly couldn’t read I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and not read Rudy Sarzo’s book. If I’m honest though, I don’t think I read either with the intent of learning more about Rudy, or more about Ozzy. I really wanted to learn more about Randy Rhoads. Admitting that feels very strange because musically, I am usually attracted to songs with interesting drums or vocals. I am guilty of fast forwarding over guitar solos. *shudder* Yes, I can hear the collective gasps of horror as those words are read. read more

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond

Sadly, Phil Collen’s book is the last book I’ve read in this genre. However, what a YouTube binge it set me on! You see, I didn’t know that Phil had ties to another favorite Phil of mine. More on that later.

First, let me say that after Led Zeppelin, there are a handful of bands that I would consider favorites. Def Leppard is one of those. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you already know that I kinda had a bit of an identity issue when it came to music. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, and it was very confusing. The girls were all listening to flowery love songs which made my skin crawl. The boys listened to hard hitting metal, which I loved, but still didn’t feel quite like me. read more

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

Back in 2009, I started working at Borders bookstore. They weren’t looking for help, but I was persistent.

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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

I inquired every week until they hired me. Recently divorced, I was on my own for the first time in a long time trying to make ends meet. You know how that goes. Well, after looking over my budget, my then full-time job would allow me to exist, but I wouldn’t have money left over for fun activities such as Friday happy hour or introverted activities like reading. That’s right, no money for books. Yes, yes, I could go to the library, and did at times, but I cannot exist on borrowed books alone. I needed (now I’m a Kindle) that new book smell, the feel of crisp virgin pages under my fingertips, and an uncracked spine. read more

I Am Ozzy

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I Am Ozzy

Don’t I wish! What a lucky guy he is. I mean to be still around, shuffling with such purpose after all of the drugs and alcohol. Duff McKagan should be jealous. Maybe a little?

This was the beginning of my Rock bio binge. I read this book in the early part of September, 2016. If it had been a movie, I would have needed captions to follow along because I find Ozzy difficult to understand, but “his” writing was clear and FUNNY! A little warning though for the faint at heart, skip over the chapter in which he describes working in a slaughter house. I couldn’t get through it – oh, and there’s some other random animal bits that were hard for this animal lover to digest. Otherwise, 👍! read more

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

A while back, September, or maybe it was October of last year, I read Megadeth founder’s autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir”. I’ve never been a big Megadeth fan. I think I was intimidated by the band’s art work. I’m not sure why I chose to read it.

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Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

I did dare to own a couple of songs. Of those, my favorite is Sweating Bullets.  I think because it has a simple beat which is overlaid with some of the most complex sounding guitar riffs this girl has ever heard. read more