DANIEL BUKSZPAN – OZZY @ 75
BOOK REVIEW BY AARON BADGLEY
Daniel Bukszpan has written or contributed to books about Rush, Aerosmith, Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden, Woodstock and many more. With Ozzy @ 75, Bukszpan turns his attention to the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Although there is a lot of text in the book, this is more of a coffee table book than anything else. It does have an overview of his career. The real treat of this book are the wonderful photos.
Osbourne himself has written his own memoir and there have been numerous books about him. This one is a loving celebration of the artist. Bukszpan is obviously a fan and has done his research. The book is current, so if you want to read about his television shows, or the time he and his wife, Sharon had COVID, or about the reunions and retirements, it is all here.
Bukszpan tells the story of Ozzy, from his childhood traumas to the impact of The Beatles, to him getting into music, he lays it out for fans, but people with a passing interest in Ozzy’s story will find it fascinating as well. The fact that Ozzy turns 75 in December of 2023 is a huge part of the story. Reading this book, one cannot help but be impressed that he made it to this milestone.
The book comes in a beautiful slipcase and comes with a number of goodies. This includes a great concert poster, an 8 x 10 glossy photograph, and a brilliant timeline of his career/life. In terms of photos, there are a number of candid shots and photos of albums and single sleeves. It is jammed with photos. It is a visual pleasure. Flip from his 1980s image to his 1970s styles and there is a lot to be gleaned from these photos.
Ozzy @ 75 is a work of love and appreciation of Ozzy. It is a fun book, and one that I found myself returning to time and time again. It is a feast for the eyes in its presentations, and with Christmas coming, it could be the perfect gift for the Ozzy Osbourne fan on your list.