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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band (2001)

by Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx

Other authors: Neil Strauss

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SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIE Celebrate thirty years of the world's most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors' edition of The Dirt-the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mtley Cre. Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, rollercoaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mtley Cre books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt. Even fans already familiar with earlier editions of the bestselling expos will treasure this gorgeous deluxe edition.… (more)
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Nikki Sixx sums it up: "four male degenerates dressed like female sluts." This book really is hanging with lowlifes. So awful I kept wondering if I could finish it to glean what I could from it...Had to stop.
  beaujoe | Jan 23, 2022 |
A good book. That is if you can believe what you read. I dare to say that much of it is probably embellished. If not..then I think these guys would be in prison or actually dead. ( )
  JHemlock | Jun 21, 2021 |
A great book for fans of Motley Crue, rock & roll or the 80's. If you weren't a fan and didn't live through the 80's, you may not enjoy it as much (if at all). There will be many people who criticize the people and their behavior, but this is how the 80's were; for better or worse. It's the truth fr ( )
  kblair210 | Nov 5, 2020 |
How on earth are these guys still alive? Sorcery? Maybe Nikki Sixx dabbled in some black magic, or they all sold their souls to the devil. Who knows?
A really good read on the more lighter side for me, I enjoyed it immensely, this book had me in tears from both sadness and hilarity (The tour with Ozzy Osbourne...that chapter had me laughing so hard that my stomach hurt). Then jump to the chapter that Vince wrote about dealing with the loss of his daughter was incredibly well written and truly devastating.

These guys have been through everything possibly imaginable, they've done every type of drug, induced more alcohol than I could possibly even fathom, suffered many broken hearts, numerous divorces and more lawsuits than I can count on my hands and wrote some truly rad music.

Truly a wonderful read. One of the best music biographies I've ever read. ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |
While Motley Crue has never been anywhere close to one of my favorite groups, and I haven’t even listened to half their albums, “The Dirt” was quite a well put together autobiography. In addition to the main four members, there are chapters by other people associated with them.

The chapters go through each of the four Motley Crue members in first person, with probably more by Nikki Sixx than any of the others. They cover their childhoods and how they got into music, and relationships with their parents and families.

Then it goes on to them all in Los Angeles, partying and meeting one another at various places until they wind up all together, thanks to an advertisement in “The Recycler”. Three of the four of them living together in a two bedroom house while they get their band going. For their first two albums and tours they’re all very much together as a group, and the partying is still a lot of fun.

After the success of their second album and tour, though, things change…. They’ve got money flowing, long term relationships with women and by then their living mostly separate lives, and partying isn’t fun anymore, they’re addicted to drugs and alcohol. By then they’ve lost the “one for all, all for one” attitude.

At various times Nikki and Tommy clearly let on that they’re shocked themselves how far “over the line” some of their drug and sex fueled antics have gone. And while they realize it, they aren’t able to get control of themselves to do much.

Chapters by Nikki, Tommy and Vince all have the same written style to them, while the ones by Mick Mars make him stand out as a very different person, which fits as he’s a decade older than the rest, a lot more private, dealing with very different health problems, and put more time in struggling to “make it” than they did.

And Vince is easily distinguished from the others, seeming to feel more of an outsider in a different way. The only blonde member, with different interests and without seeming to have a life-long love of music, the rest sort of shunned him after his drunk driving caused a fatal accident. He points out in one of his chapters how he was suddenly, universally hated by fans and critics, which I actually remember as a teenager. On the other hand, the saddest, most tear-jerking chapter is also his, with the death of his four your old daughter to cancer.

Towards the end, though, the book gets a bit rushed. Written in 2001, at a time when Tommy Lee was out of the band, and Randy Castillo was drumming, there aren’t any chapters by Castillo or mention that he was suffering from some major medical issues.

Overall it’s a well done book. Even if you’re not a fan of Motley Crue it’s a good read about them. ( )
  KevinRubin | Aug 3, 2020 |
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But band quality has no correlation to quality reading experience. And as good as those other books may be, The Dirt is the singularly greatest sex/drugs/rock reading experience of our age. It's one of the all-time great rock bios. Not one sentence in its 448 pages is about Motley's music, which is even more impressive, and I guess appropriate.
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Mötley Crüeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Tommymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Mars, Mickmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Neil, Vincemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sixx, Nikkimain authorall editionsconfirmed
Strauss, Neilsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nilsson, NiclasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIE Celebrate thirty years of the world's most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors' edition of The Dirt-the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mtley Cre. Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, rollercoaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mtley Cre books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt. Even fans already familiar with earlier editions of the bestselling expos will treasure this gorgeous deluxe edition.

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