As for one being in school & being a head-banger, life was anything but easy to say the least. When I was in high school in the early 80’s, it was almost unbearable the chastising one would get for listening to lets say a artist such as Ozzy, Metallica, & especially the infamous unholy of the unholiest, “Slayer”! I suspect some people either out of fear, or as I like to think pure stupidity didn’t even begin to understand the early hard-rock/thrash metal movement back in what I refer to as “The prehistoric 80’s”. I think its also fair to say they never dared to consider the after effect of their excessive chastising, & how it may have permanently effected that persons search for their own individuality, hell even their spirituality!
As for my prison sentence called high school, I was habitually called a freak, a dork, and was repeatedly threatened with violence on more than a few occasions strictly because of my taste in music. But with it now almost being 20 plus years after the fact, I feel it is I who has finally been vindicated, it is I who is having the satisfaction of getting the last laugh. Why? Because most of the bands that were popular within my peer group are now nothing more than a mere blur, a blip on the big radar screen known as music. In fact almost all the bands I took a beating for liking back in my school days have gone on to be legendary bands, like Metallica, Slayer, & Mr. Osbourne to name just a few.
So it is I who say to you all, never fear to be yourself, find your own individuality & run with it. Don’t ever fall victim of what is the popular stance in music, art, or the media.
f*** the norm I say!
Before I close this string out, I only have to admit that I am at times almost like a proud poppa, its great to look back and to realize that I was right about so many bands, so many times, its only now in retrospect that I regret not going to school to be a producer, or a manager in the music biz. I now know all these years later that maybe I did actually have that spark, or the keen eye to pick out greatness in a band or artist. So with that said, I guess I have only but one regret in my life, & thats not believing enough in myself. It’s been nothing short of an endless void of absolute darkness, thus resulting in me only trying to fill that great chasm with the music that I have loved, & followed all these years of my life!
With Ozzy's music filling in the biggest portion of that chasm of course!
"Being sober on a bus is, like, totally different than being drunk on a bus." - Ozzy Osbourne
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