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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx

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This Is Gonna Hurt is music, photography, and life through the distorted lens of Nikki Sixx, bassist for heavy metal rock band Mötley Crüe’s and the New York Times bestselling author of The Heroin Diaries. A combination of powerful prose and dramatic photographs, This Is Gonna Hurt is an arresting, deeply personal look through the eyes of a real rock star at a stark, post- ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by William Morrow
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Krista Rae
Oct 17, 2011 Krista Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people called this abstract yet hard to stomach at times work of art..."too common" or "disgusting." I call it brilliant. While capturing the tragic sometimes unknown truths of this disturbing world, he somehow manages to be our shoulder throughout the whole text and beautifully disturbed photography that is this book. Emotions rang through me as I read this book, I cried, I laughed & I felt the hurt in the world. Nikki, is a beacon of hope for any recovering addict no matter what thei ...more
Justin Sylvia
Aug 06, 2011 Justin Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naturally i didn't expect anything less from Nikki and from his twisted mind. I did have some ideas of what it might include. I personally had all ready purchased a e-copy of this book and was anxious about reading it, but seeing from the opening lines of This is Gonna Hurt, i knew that it would be wise for me to finish The Heroin Diaries first b4 i could jump in feet first into this particular book. Now granted i feel like The Heroin Diaries kind of took me to a dark place so to speak, but hone ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So in case he stuttered in *Dirt*, *The Heroin Diaries*, or any of the twenty thousand interviews he's given since 1987, Nikki Sixx uses *This is Gonna Hurt* to remind us once again that he overdosed, flatlined, and was resuscitated. Like, over twenty years ago.

We also get a bunch of Nikki's photographs. More pix than text, actually. Much of the text, I skimmed; I read the first two books, man, and watched the *Behind the Music*. I'm good. As far as the photography goes...hrm. There were maybe
Apr 13, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never read "The Heroin Diaries" or was even a Motley Crue fan, but I am well aware of who Nikki Sixx is and how far he has come in his life. I got "This is Gonna Hurt" in the mail yesterday and started reading it at 9pm. I was done by 11:45 pm that same night.

He tells you from the start that "This is Gonna Hurt". He lays it all on the line, from societies perception of what is deemed beautiful to his take on music royalties and love and life in general. The truth hurts but as you read this bo
Apr 18, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be honest, I would never have read this were he not my first crush. He comes across as intelligent and thoughtful as he does in all his books but I am not sure what to make of this book. It's part memoir and while he claims to be "over" his issues (one which is exactly the same as mine - NO NOT THE DRUGS!) he seems as over his a-hole dad as I am and I haven't even tried to get past the man I refer to nicely as my mom's ex-husband. He goes over old territory and then goes into self-help pos ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Syrena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
This book totally surprised me! I picked it up because of the sub-title "Music, Photography and Life through the distorted lens of Nikki Sixx" ...i thought GREAT! a not-your-usual photography book. I've heard there are a few great musicians that are equally talented behind the lens and Sixx piqued my interest. (ok, it helped MOTLEY CRUE is a legend!!) As i turned the first few pages, he sucked me right in. Sixx is SUCH A GREAT STORYTELLER!!! And sure, the man has a few stories to tell... but I w ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Loz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
this is a must read for fans of nikki sixx or motley crue. mesmerizing and turbulent, this is not a book to be passed up. if you read 'the dirt' or 'the heroine dairies' this will grab you just the same. nikki is so much more then the 'bad boy' rock musician (with rad hair) so many have come to see him as.
Apr 14, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. At the recommendation a twitter friend - and a description involving music and photography, two of my most favorite things - I ordered it on a whim. 

I didn't know much about Nikki Sixx prior to reading this. My knowledge of all things Crüe was limited to Behind the Music as background noise, the occasional trashy tabloid headline (thanks, Tommy!) and the one time my older brother dragged me to a show to ignore the divorce he found himself lost in the m
Rebecca Haslam
May 21, 2011 Rebecca Haslam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's pretty obvious to most people now that Nikki Sixx is not your average run of the mill kinda guy. This book, as did his previous, The Heroin Diaries, proves this without a doubt. Gone are the days of drink, drugs and the hedonistic rock and roll lifestyle to which he was once accustomed (or technically still is, but only the good bits!). In its place, as demonstrated within these pages, is a man with a new addiction, with a new buzz - images, photos and life.
Looking at the images thr
Aug 11, 2012 Chad rated it really liked it
You either love him or you hate him. The same can be said about the band that made him famous, Motley Crue, but in this book, more so than anything else he's done, Nikki exposes himself openly, and through this process, he finds the good among the bad, and truly inspires optimism and hope. I found myself relating personally to so many varied things discussed within the book that I couldn't put it down. Maybe I was looking for answers to my own issues. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes photo ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m on a Nikki Sixx kick. I mean, what a dude! The more I read, the more impressed I am with his commitment to self-discovery and to consistently working to become a new and better version of himself, even when that means diligently sorting through a whole pile of pain and confusion and inner turmoil. His evolution as a human being is extraordinary and unbelievably admirable. If only we could all be so enlightened and open to growth.

Of Sixx’s books, this one is by far my favorite. It represents
Dammit, Nikki is so good at spewing pretentious, arrogant twaddle. But at least he makes no apologies for it, I have to admire that. And under all his ramblings I think he had a few good points to make. He has passion, I admire that too.

Mostly I'm giving it 4 stars for the photography, and Nikki's cool hair.
Elizabeth Quarles
Many things hurt me when I was young and of those those things this is the one that helped me live a little longer instead of die a little faster. The photos are breathtaking and the diary-like entries hit me hard. But sometimes you need it. I almost never recommended this book, it's so close to me it feels like ripping off a scab and handing it to stranger but if I had more steal in my back and armor in my chest I would. It was entirely lovely.
Feb 12, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I wanted to read about Nikki Sixx's photography. I am not interested in hearing stories about 80s rock debauchery and because of the description I got it for the photography. I figured the book would be a bit raw. I expected his photography to be off the wall and yes, much of his photography really disturbed me. However, I would have been more concerned if he photographed bunnies and turtles and frolicking children so I was ready for gritty stuff. Although his style of ...more
May 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TIGH is what happens to Nikki after he died! Nikki Sixx is one of the most iconic rock & roll figures ever to have come along. He's been in the game for more than 30 years now & has lived to tell us about his years of heroin addiction (yes, he died from an OD), alcohol & every other nasty detail of his rock & roll life style. That was Heroin Diaries. In This is Gonna Hurt Nikki reveals his new addiction: photography. It is the "drug" that helped him get over & get past the de ...more
I downloaded a bunch of ebooks from the library to tide me over the long Thanksgiving weekend. "Dirt" was one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Talk about a study in narcissistic personality disorder!! I thought I'd just thumb through this and laugh, but it actually turned out to be engaging and relatively humble. The basic purpose of this book (probably 12th-step work on his part) was to describe what he does in sobriety and how he has changed his life (art, meditation, gratitude). There is some ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This Is Gonna Hurt. and it does. but isn't it part of the beauty?

Nikki talks about his life, music, addictions, inspirations, life principles and love. He isn't afraid to shock, as Heroin Diaries proved, and even yearns for this reaction. He certainly got one from me. Not in the form of "oh my god, his life and work is so scandalous" but "whoa, Nikki, you dared to share this story with us".

Between all his stories there are some of his photographs, which couldn't be called anything else than beau
Jan 16, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Discovered it on my own.

My hardcover copy of this has a slightly different cover than this. The painting of Nikki on the cover is more zoomed in and is cut off just above his navel.

1st Read: March 8, 2016 - March 10, 2016

I don't know what it is about Mötley Crüe that I just absorb completely when I am reading about them. I rarely listen to their music anymore.

Nikki Sixx isn't the greatest writer by any means, but I understand his words like they were written from my own hand or spoken with my own voice. This was a
Jan 12, 2016 V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nikki Sixx is a tormented guy. When reading this 'intensely personal by his account' book I couldn't help but feel like I was reading something penned by someone's kid brother trying to find himself at a 20-something age and everyone reading his prose would be sitting around and saying, "Oh he'll understand some day..." However, Nikki Sixx is in his 50s, so that is honestly a little perplexing. As best I can tell, from the countless books and stories I've read about him (I'm a lover of his music ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Jessymoncelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not give my appreciation for the moment because I just started reading "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx". On the other hand , I just finished "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star of Nikki Sixx".I loved this book and I devoured it! my first impressions are that the second book is also excellent than the first! I find it hard to interrupt my reading!I invite you to do like me, you will not regret it! I pledg ...more
Mary Jo Sunstone
This book was awesome! I read this in 4 days & really enjoyed it. His photography is not of normal photographers in which they only photograph the beautiful things that we see in life, he photographs everything to show that no matter what's on the outside, all things & people are beautiful. He takes you all over to different rhelms of the world & finds the dark distant places that most are scared to enter to find that one perfect shot. His writing was top notch, a must read.
Jul 11, 2016 Maui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
What I love about reading biographies is that I'm reading details based on true events and this book reminded me why I started to love non-fiction biographies. Nikki's stories and photographs were amazing and haunting. His twisted photo concepts and burning passion inspired me to keep shooting portraits and explore more than what is usually seen.
Tom Mueller
This one is more to be experienced, rather than simply read and looked through.
Let Nikki take you on a freakish carnival side show of life and art.
AFP and Neil would enjoy and learn from this one. Think WKAP.
If you like graveyards & tombstones, you'll love this journey through the beautiful ugliness of what the world can offer if one cares to - and has the balls to - look.
Apr 17, 2011 Gina86 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up my guitar after months of not playing after finishing this book...inspirational and beautiful for sixx
Winter Sophia Rose
Mesmerizing, Heartwarming, Real & Fascinating Read!
Oct 09, 2016 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I have owned this book for 5 years and just got around to reading it now.

I really enjoyed the heroin diaries and the dirt but this book just didn’t do anything for me. it came across as very pretentious and insincere to me, but the overall message that he is trying to convey, that there is beauty in the different, the downtrodden and the rejects of society is really great, I just think it got a little lost with everything else.

I was expecting a book primarily about his photography and reading wh
Mar 12, 2017 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for someone interested in Nikki Sixx, not for a causal reader picking out a random book from the shelves. This is a journal, not a story. You'll be surprised by his perspective on life. Definitely do not judge a book by its cover.
Feb 16, 2014 Barry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, music, metal
I absolutely loved Dr. Feelgood in my mid-teens then kind of forgot about Crue until about a decade ago. I rediscovered them and found I absolutely loved them. Since then I've considered them one of my favourite bands. I loved their biography 'The Dirt' (probably the best rock biography I have ever read) and I thought Sixx's 'The Heroin Diaries' was an amazing piece of work and a insight into a genuinely troubled soul. The other important thing to add is that the version of the book I have is an ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna) is an American bassist, author, photographer, and the main songwriter for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. He has also played bass for glam metal band London, as well as stints in experimental band 58 and the hard rock band Brides of Destruction, and is the bass player in Sixx:A.M.
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They, too, are on a path, and just like you they are learning to walk before they can fly. Imagine of everybody you hurt in life turned their backs on you? You would be playing a hell of a lot of solitaire.
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