My last resort – Sharon Osbourne’s autobiography
Last weekend, I had run out of books to read. A couple of days beforehand, I borrowed a book from the AbeBooks office called Where Men Hide, which should have been excellent. It was a insight into all the places where men hang out – sanctuaries from their wives and children. We’re talking dens, the garage, hunting lodges, workshops etc. However, it was a major disappointment and mostly stated the bleedin’ obvious.
On my bookshelf was a copy of Sharon Osbourne’s autobiography Extreme. It had been there since October when I picked it up at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I had deliberately not touched the book because I thought it would be too trashy. On MTV, The Osbournes had been mildly entertaining at first but no more than that.
Anyway, I was desperate so I picked up the book and started reading it. Shocker – it’s a good read. It’s not really about Sharon Osbourne. It’s about the music business in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, which is where I’m up to now in the book. It’s interesting to see how the industry was run on bullyboy tactics and cash stuffed into cases.
As a child, Ozzy Osbourne had a cottage in the StaffordshireÂ countryside about two miles from where I lived. When I stood at the bus-stop waiting to go to school, I sometimes saw him drive past in a Range Rover. This was at the height of his infamy for biting the head off a bat while on stage in Des Moines, Iowa. An act that didn’t go down too well in the American Midwest. In those days, I didn’t know anything about his wife – I don’t think anyone outside the music business did. She was probably in that Range Rover.
I’m annoyed at myself for being so snobby about Extreme. I know it’s been a big hit in the UK but I don’t know what it’s done in North America. Last night, I stopped reading just at the point where Sharon and Ozzy buy the cottage near meÂ - it’s not often my childhood haunts crop up in an autobiography of major reality TV star. I’m looking forward to seeing how Sharon weans Ozzy off the drink and drugs.