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This Is Gonna Hurt

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,687 ratings  ·  193 reviews
This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Krista Rae
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
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
Hunger For Knowledge
I'm starting to think I have a thing toward Nikki Sixx. He is sexy, I am not gonna deny that but is there a thing or not, I just leave it as a secret.

This, as all Sixx's books, was an interesting read. Many of the writings were familiar through reading The Dirt and The Heroin Diaries but I enjoyed them equally. Stories about the addiction, his family relations and his relationship with Kat Von D. I still think that they were a cute couple, and I usually could not care less about celeb couples.

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Sheila
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
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Syrena
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
Michele
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
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Angie
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 mi
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Rachel
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
Rebecca Haslam
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
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Chad
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
Linda
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
Lily
Aug 24, 2014 Lily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Elizabeth
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
Kirsten
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
Jessymoncelli
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
Winter Sophia Rose
Mesmerizing, Heartwarming, Real & Fascinating Read!
Angie Fehl
For fans of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx comes back with another installment, this time to discuss how his life has unfolded since finding sobriety. He also talks further on some stories touched upon in The Heroin Diaires. Largely though, this book is meant to be a showcase of Sixx's stunning photography, a passion he picked up in the years following rehab. Seriously, it's amazing! What starts as a hobby turns into an obsession that takes him all over the world documenting the human condition ...more
Evelyn
This is gonna Hurt.

I'm not sure what rating to give this book.So I give it four.

As with the Heroin Diaries, I knew I loved it, but I'm not entirely sure why. It might be the honesty that Sixx showed through the pages of his words and pictures, or the insane fasciation I've grown with this band. I'm talking about Motley, not Sixx:AM even if the music is deeper and a tinny bit better.

After the Heroin Diaries I felt compelled to be a rock star...after this book , I felt a need to change what I do
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Barry
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
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.
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.
Shawn  Stone
“This Is Gonna Hurt” - Nikki Sixx - A post hedonistic follow up to his “Heroin Diaries”, Sixx has stories to tell, many of which are raw, introspective and unapologetic. Contemplative in his search for meaning, I was able to relate to, glean insight and ultimately learn from the cautionary tale that is Sixx’s journey. I enjoy these rocker bios and barrel through them even if I don’t have particular interest in the band themselves.

Fave Quotes

“Love those who hurt you the most, because they are p
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Gina86
Picked up my guitar after months of not playing after finishing this book...inspirational and beautiful for sixx
LINCCReviews
Anyone who has had their lives torn inside out from substance abuse will be able to connect with NS's work, words, experience, and message with ease. Those who have not, well, maybe this book will help them to understand what years of excessive pain brought on by loneliness can do to a human soul. After all, that's what the point of Nikki Sixx's book is all about.



It would be a much different world if we all would put our lives out on front street as with Nikki Sixx's example. No more games and m
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James
Following Mötley Crüe's biography - 'The Dirt', Mötley Crüe reformed and headed out on the road, although they did not produce much in the way of new music. Instead, Motley Crue's main songwriter, Nikki Sixx, began pursuing other creative interests including revisiting diaries written whilst in the height of his Heroin addition in the 80's, released as the Heroin Diaries in 2007. The material in the diaries inspired Sixx, along with guitarist DJ Ashba, and producer/vocalist James Michael to reco ...more
Joann(san diego shutterbug)
Defiantly not your A typical photography book. You can actually feel the emotions of his subjects. i was so captivated by some of his images. There was a quote that he put in there " i will leave my mark on the world of photography and i will do it on my own terms just like i did with my music" That quote has stuck with me since i have read it. The reason it has stuck with me is cause you made me remember the first time i picked up a camera and how i felt at that particular moment and what made ...more
Kitt-e-kat
This is Nikki's 2nd book that I really enjoyed reading. Nikki shares his stories and thoughts of alot of different things he's encountered thru out his life. He shares information on his short lovelife & heartbreak with Kat Von D (Katherine), being in two groups and how Sixx AM got started, Motley Crue stories & insights of bandmates, his love for his children and being a good father, his passion for his photography, meanings behind his photos and about his Funny Farm studio, His sadness ...more
Minna
Well, the book was inspirational, I guess. I liked Heroin Diaries better though: it was more raw, and more personal. This Is Gonna Hurt was more a few nuggets of truly inspirational words, thoughts, and feelings intermixed with overdramatic photography and self-indulgent, cliched rambling. Many reviewers liked the photography, and there WERE some very good photographs. The rest of the pictures, honestly, seemed like pictures that Nikki took to be "Art" - capital A - and then processed to the hil ...more
Erin Ashley
If you read any book this year, this should be the one.

I don't think I have ever been more inspired by someones words than I have after reading This is Gonna Hurt. As I'm writing this I am listening to the album of the same name and man, it is so powerful. Nikki Sixx really has a way with words, he manipulates them so much that they take on a new meaning and you see them in a whole new light, I think he is smarter than even he might believe (mind you, he surely does know he has brains).

After re
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Luke Estes
1 of The BEST way's to Describe Any of ( Nikki Sixx's ) Book's is - well . . . " THIS is GONNA' HURT "! He's Honest sometime's ( BRUTALLY ) - but . . . can't That be a Good Thing , [ In My Opinion ] - the Answer Is . . . YES!!!

I'll be Honest , there's ( MORE than likely ) Probably gonna' be Time's when You Feel like Throwing this Book across the room - CURSING . . . & then Saying to Yourself [ " How DARE He Say That!!! " ]. Believe Me , I've Done It! Here's a little Taste of [ " THIS is GONN
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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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“Love those who hurt you the most, because they are probably the ones closest to you.
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.
Love them no matter what.”
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