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Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman

Shedding light on the Prince Of Darkness’ career.

All the hysteria that has surrounded the reunification of the disparate Black Sabbath strands over the past few years has rather overshadowed Ozzy’s enormous body of solo work. And just in case we needed reminding, this set is the jolt required.

It’s a double DVD that underpins Ozzy’s stunning legacy, in his own right. It spans all of his work, from those tentative early steps away from Sabbath – when most people expected him to trip over his addictions – to more recent ball bursting anthems.

The first disc is a collection of his videos. The fact that each song is memorable should come as no surprise, but the footage is far from the embarrassment you might have feared. The second disc has live performances – lots of them. The earliest is perhaps the best, as it features Randy Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Easily among the best metal bands of all time. There are also interview segments and studio footage, adding another dimension.

Naturally, you can’t expect to perfectly represent a 35-year span in a mere few hours. But this does a cracking job. Oh, and there’s also a 17-track CD available to add to the fun.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.