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Tina Saul

10th September 2011

tina saul

god bless ozzy osbourne

'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' is coming to the UK this month and I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak preview of it.

After hours of the Osbourne's life being broadcast on MTV over the years, and plenty of screen time for this media-savvy family, I was wondering whether this was going to be more of the same. But thankfully it's not and is a real delve into the life of The Prince of Darkness and how he got to be where he is now.

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It starts off taking you through his formative years, and you get a real insight into what it's like to grow up so poor in Aston, a vastly underprivileged area of England's second city, Birmingham. This section of the film features interviews of his family members and really is warts and all, and the integrity remains throughout the rest of the film.

Ozzy's life changed when he heard the Beatles, so it was so nice to see Paul McCartney being interviewed about him, as well as all of Black Sabbath and a great deal of other stars with whom he's worked with along the way. What's really great about this documentary is the way it captures all of your emotions: Tommy Lee's recollection of the infamous Ozzy and Motley Crue tour will make you cringe as it expands on the stories told in 'The Dirt', and Ozzy talking about Randy Rhodes will reduce even the hardest Metaller to tears.

Jack Osbourne produced the film and has done a great job, with a couple of exceptions. I really didn't like the way in which he was portrayed Ozzy regarding his parenting skills and I think a lot of this was unnecessary as, let's face it, there aren't many rock stars out there that would graduate from the school of parenting.

The second thing is that it still refers to Zakk Wylde as Ozzy's guitarist, which is a big omission of detail. I appreciate that sometimes films, especially documentaries of this kind, can take a while to get through legal clearance, but at the very least there could have been some kind of annotation added, as Gus G has been with him for over two years now.

That aside, the film is well worth going along to and will give you a different take on one of the most infamous men of modern history. I would give you some spoilers of things you'll learn along the way, but you're much better going and checking it out for yourself instead. It will be broadcast to over 200 cinemas across the UK on 16th and 22nd September and you can get your tickets from Ticketmaster by clicking here.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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