Grapevine: CD gives code to advance free tickets for Ozzfest

BlackRainOzzy.jpgStarting May 22, Ozzy Osbourne fans can get an exclusive first-chance shot at seats for this summer?s Ozzfest.

A limited number of specially marked copies of Osbourne?s new studio album, Black Rain (Epic Records), will contain a code found in the CD packaging to redeem for two tickets for the touring concert festival that starts July 12 in Seattle.

In February, Osbourne announced that the 24-city festival will be free for the entire summer. The codes within the albums will be effective starting at 9 p.m. June 8 ? four days before the general public log-in is available. The free tickets are available while supplies last; visit www.ozzy.com for details. For more about all things Ozzy, check out The World?s Forgotten Boy blog dated April 11 at www.goldminemag.com

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On the bookshelf: Fleetwood Mac fans can get the juicy scoop on the famous band?s infamous behavior with “Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac” by Carol Ann Harris.

Due out in July, the book is written from Harris? point of view and based on her personal notes and taped diaries. It begins with The Mac?s tumultuous rise to stardom with the Rumours album and follows the supergroup through its triumphs, trials and excesses to its near-breakup in 1984.

In the introduction, Harris ? one-time girlfriend of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham ? says she chose to write the book because she wanted to share the truth about the band and to go on the record about this time in her life that was ?happy, tragic, historic, and resonant with the music of its era.? (400 pages, $24.95, Chicago Review Press)

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No Dookie! Get an in-depth account of Green Day?s 20-year journey to the top in the new biography, “Green Day: Rebels With a Cause,” which hit store shelves March 15.

Author Gillian G. Garr tells the story of the Californian champions of alternative rock. Incisive interviews and first-hand accounts expose as much about the music scene as the band members themselves. (304 pages, $17.95, Omnibus Press).

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