Ozzy Osbourne: Rock's for risk takers


Ozzy Osbourne thinks the rock'n'roll industry is a "breeding ground" for people like him. The British musician has had a turbulent life since finding fame with band Black Sabbath in 1968. He has often spoken about his battle with drugs and alcohol, previously admitting he's surprised he's still alive. Ozzy has worked hard to leave those days behind and sometimes ponders about why things turned out as they did.

'Society always remembers the bad people'

"Well, most of it was drugs and alcohol-fuelled. And rock’n’roll, the industry I chose to work in, is a breeding ground for people like me. Society always remembers the bad people," he told British magazine Shortlist.

"I’m sure Robin Hood didn’t just rob the rich to feed the poor. I suppose he robbed everybody he f**king could coming through his neck of the woods. To buy new tights. So when you get somebody off the beaten track who doesn’t play by any rules, [rock’n’roll] is the perfect job. If I worked at [technology company] IBM, they wouldn’t put up with my antics."

When Black Sabbath formed the hippy movement was still big news. With the band known for their heavy guitar riffs and loyal metal following, Ozzy couldn't quite get his head around the trend at the time.

"When you walk into a rehearsal place at 9 o’clock in the morning – because that was the only time we could get to play our music – and you hear on the radio a guy playing a song with the lyrics, 'If you go to San Francisco/Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair,' and you come out and it’s p**sing down with rain and you’ve got no shoes on your feet, you’re like, 'What’s this bulls**t on the radio?'" he bemoaned.

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