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Tommyland

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  4,163 ratings  ·  220 reviews
I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Motley Crue and we became one of the baddest-ass rock bands in history. We sold over 40 million albums, we wreaked havoc, we scared parents, and we titillated too many fathers' daughters. I've been ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published October 19th 2004)
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Melissa
A talking penis narrating a book. Digest that for a moment. Nothing is worse than when a man thinks with one head instead of another.

I tried, in vain, to find a chapter "authored" by Tommy Lee instead of his penis. I love rock and roll stories from an artistic point of view and the only chapter I enjoyed was about his musical influences, which showed a glimmer of Lee's intelligence. Sadly, it was over too quick.

For as long as his legendary member is, this story was short on depth and interest.
Shawna
This book was not what I expected at all. There were some parts that were actually . . .touching. His description of how his parents met and fell in love, his devotion to his two boys, and how he stayed with his father as he was dying to make sure he was comfortable were very tender. Although a large portion of the book is sex, drugs, and rock & roll, it shows that there's more to him than just that. I also really liked how he's respectful towards both Heather Locklear and Pam Anderson and r ...more
Falina
There's something especially magical about a really good book that you didn't intend to read, that you picked up on a whim simply because it fell into your path somehow. I remember years ago waiting for my then-boyfriend to finish whatever he was doing, and lazily picking up the copy of V for Vendetta he had lying on his bed. It's still one of my all-time favourite books.

I read Tommyland in much the same way--someone lent it to my boyfriend, I saw it lying on the coffee table, and I idly picked
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Nicole
I quite enjoyed this book, and absolutely loved the humour Mr Lee brought to this story.
Also, his sincerity and fortrightness appealed to me. Mr Lee seems the type to tell a story the way it is (as far as possible and allowed in a book like this), no matter the rough bits, no matter how bad it makes him look.
The way he explains being in jail and how hard it was, the birth of his children and his separation from his second wife - these explanations sound so real and sincere that they really shoo
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Hanaa
[2.5/5]
Uh, the cover is pretty.
Well, by now I've read all if not most of the biographies/memoirs on Mötley Crüe and this one is my least favourite. I kind of want to re-read the other ones so I can keep better (read: filthier) memories. Mötley Crüe is not my favourite band. Hell, I don't listen to them regularly, but seeing as I love a good music-related memoir, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to read this. I love famous junkies (teenage me loves junkies) and I always enjoy reading ab
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Speeda
Tommyland seems to fully capture the speaking voice and priorities of the drummer from Motley Crue. Where frequent narrative insertion from his penis -- denoted by a terrible decorative font and a jizz puddle each time -- is sort of funny, the co-author footnotes and editor asides are mostly useless. These devices and the melodramatic "caution!" intros meant to amplify that Tommy is just so "crase" put this book in the following rock auto/biography categories for me:

-I Am Acutely Aware of My Roc
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kelly
If you read this book, I'll assume that you're as big of a Tommy Lee and Motley Crue fan as I am. If you're not into Tommy Lee, well, why did you read this? Dummy.

Although he does discuss Motley Crue, that's not the point of this book. Most of this book focuses on Tommy and his life--his thoughts, his marriages, the infamous sex tape (of course), his time spent in prison, his children. A large part of this book is sex, drugs, and rock and roll but from this book it's clear that there's more to
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Libby
In the beginning of the book there is a warning that people with heart conditions, indigestion, strict morals etc should put the book down now. One of those conditions was pregnancy - despite being pregnant I forged on and ignored the warning and was glad that I did. I guess that people with prudish morals would find this book shocking - I loved it. I loved Tommys honesty, his raw, real description of his experiences. The thing that impressed me most was the mans passion and love for music...his ...more
Susan Gottfried
From http://rockread.westofmars.com

I thought I knew what to expect from Tommy Lee’s Tommyland. After all, I’d devoured The Dirt, the autobiography of Tommy’s band, Motley Crue. I’d been transfixed and even a little transformed by Crue bassist Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries.

And now, coming a little late to the party, I’ve got Tommyland in my hands. At last. And while I was expecting some of it — like tales of his first-ever girlfriend, who possessed a rather unique (ahem) talent — one thing I ce
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Dawn
I thought this book was really good. Granted, it's Tommy Lee, and for those that don't know Tommy Lee... I must say, this book is NOT APPROPRIATE for small children or the easily (or maybe not so easily) offended. He spends a great amount of the book talking to a certain part of his anatomy. He also offers a lot of "tips" that most can do without, including myself. But, the rest of the book makes up for this, in my opinion. It's also a smallish book (at less than 300 pages) so the book didn't ha ...more
Ed
I'll need to cast my mind back for Tommyland. I would only recommend it for those truly interested in Tommy Lee himself. If you're wanting the general story of the drugs and chaos surrounding Motley Crue, then The Dirt is the only way to go.

Don't go into this expecting a serious, thought-provoking memoir. You'll be disappointed. This is Tommy Lee, for goodness sake. The book sets a conversational tone, its sentences punctuated with 'dude's and 'bro's and various other Californian surfer-dude qui
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Andy
May 21, 2010 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andy by: my prick
Shelves: rock-sleaze
Tommy Lee's memoirs, co-narrarated by his penis. No kidding. I suppose if my prick called me "homie" I'd let him/it co-narrarate my memoirs, too.

I'm totally on board with his philosophy on shaving armpits, though. I shave mine too, I can't stand all that sweat foliage flying around. So this book has some serious style tips. Rock on, Prick King.
Soho_black
Even by the standards of rock stars, Tommy Lee has had quite a life. He was still a teenager when he formed Motley Crue, who were the wild men of the 1980's American glam/hair metal rock scene. Given how many bands were living it up around that time, to still be alive twenty years later, much less to still be able to remember enough of your life to write a book, takes some doing.

But it's not just Tommy Lee's professional life that has been wild. He's been married and divorced three times, he's s
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Jennie
Yes, this book is co-narrated by Tommy Lee's penis (the switch in voice is denoted by a change to "No Fear" font). However, there is too much telling of the "I did this and then I did that" variety for the book to be an interesting read. Big disappointment!
Crystal
This is a pretty crazy book. Very detailed on certain things that might scare some people. But than again those people shouldn't be reading his book. Over all it's pretty good.
Katy St. Clair
I like the way the book is organized in a nonlinear way, and he mentions just the right amount of smut without being gratuitous. He has always been, at heart, a good guy and it shows. I think having the book cowritten by his "penis," by giving it its own voice, was dumb. Obviously someone at a party gave him this idea while they were drunk ("Autobiography? Whoa... dude! Is your dick gonna write it?" Tommy: Whoa! Awesome idea dude!!"). It was a bit hard to read Bobbie Brown's autobio which was ab ...more
Darcie Kileen
This was, quite possibly, the filthiest book I've ever read. And I learned A LOT.
Patrick Hulick
Tommy Lee,great drummer, he diserves a great book and well... he got one.
Kevin
When you look at the cover and see who the book is about you may roll your eyes in anticipation what it contains. Once you start reading it though you quickly discover that Lee is a fascinating dude with one hell of a life. He doesn't leave anything out. His highs from his rock and roll days to the lows of being in jail and having a child die in front of him, it's all here. Love him or hate him he doesn't sugarcoat anything because that wouldn't be rock and roll. In result, it is impossible for ...more
East Bay J
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this book as a gift from a friend. I mean, I’ve always found Tommy Lee fairly likable, at least from the point of view of someone who doesn’t know the guy. His public persona is equal parts lovable and insane, affable and mischievous. I couldn’t help but like him in the TV series Tommy Lee Goes To College, though I would have killed him if he were my roommate. In The Dirt, he came off like kind of a moron but no one stood a chance in that book compare ...more
james
i have to say, with the exception of the first chapter, i actually enjoyed this book. it's a quick read.

obviously, reading about tommy's debauchery is something most men (ok, "haven't grown up yet" boys, and some girls) would enjoy.

reading about that "life", i must admit, at times was quite painful, on SO many different levels.

what struck me about this book was his pure honesty. he seemed to let it all out there. yes, he's rock star. and clearly, that has it's benefits.

but he's also a family man
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Kerry Connelly
I read this in my early twenties, of course knowing who Tommy Lee was, however not exactly being his biggest fan...I read it anyway..and WOW, What a great book!

Of course as you would expect it is full of the 'drugs, sex and rock and roll' lifestyle that is notorious among rock stars, and what I actually liked about it (although it is pretty derogatory and crass in alot of it's context),is that it was no holds barred.

- Good! if you're going to write an autobio about your rock and roll lifestyle,
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Vanessa Stevens
You can say what you want, most of the reviews I read on this book are horrible. I think perhaps I looked at this in a whole different way, yes I am a Crüe fan and I've always loved Tommy Lee but I've never been one to stick my nose in the papers and TMZ and the rest of that garbage, I believe that the rich, famous should be allowed to live their own lives without the media, fans, and paparazzi up their asses. This writing opened my eyes up, and what it showed me was not the life of a famous roc ...more
Cindy
I love this guy. What can I say? The man talks to his dick. Hell, I'd like to talk to his dick too, but I guess that would be an entirely different conversation than the one he had. I absolutely love the way he talks about his boys and his parents. He has a way with words, and his child-like fascination with life's simple pleasures is enduring.
Tommy, if you are reading this...I love you man.
Erin Ashley
Okay, I don't care what people think of Tommy Lee. To me he is a legend, an absolute lunatic and a very intelligent man. Combine them all together and you get the maniac that is Tommy Lee. Most times his book was vulgar and crude, he did terrible things to himself and sometimes others, but this book wouldn't have been what it was if he hadn't been able to write it how he wanted to write it. I loved his tales of the Motley days and all the crazy shit they got up to. I think my favourite part of t ...more
Chip'sBookBinge
I won't even say this is a book review given the fact that I couldn't even get past Chapter 2. I knew this would be a very difficult book to get through, based solely on the introduction which centers around Tommy Lee having a full on conversation with his dick. Yes, his dick actually talks back to him. Ugh.

By the middle of Chapter 2 I knew this book wasn't long for this world. Well, my world anyway. I love to read and will stick with pretty much any book that I start, but this is the first tim
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Mel
I base how much I like a book on a lot of things. I don't know what I went into this expecting. But, Tommy Lee definitely surprised me. I could have done without his penis talking. But other than that, his book was entertaining. He seems like a fun, likeable person who has learned from his mistakes. I appreciate him not name dropping (unless he was giving compliments). I read it in about a day. It's a contrast to Vince Neil's book. Vince Neil talked about his ex band mates like they're garbage. ...more
Chris Bakholdin
I really liked this book. I'm obsessed with the rockstar lifestyle. I can see how these guys get wrapped up in the life and let it spin out of control. I appreciate Tommy's talent and liked hearing about his life so far. It's interesting to read the other bios from band members and hear the other POV's about things that have happened.
Shane
This was good - not great. Not a lot of smut, more like "a day in the life of Tommy Lee".

Motley Crue was my favorite band for a couple years - between Def Leppard and Metallica. But once I got into thrash I never went back to listening to them. I still love the old music though and now I'm interested in hearing some of Tommy's new solo stuff.

Overall Tommy sounds like a big kid. Really. He sounds about 17 throughout the entire book. Even when he's talking about deep topics. That got a little an
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Elizabeth Bradley
As part of my drumming education, I thought this classic (found at the Montague St Housing Works Store) was a must. It's very edifying. Not about drumming, sadly, but about matters biblical and spiritual, so to speak. The opening chapter is conducted as an interview between Tommy Lee and an opinionated part of his anatomy, which later returns to comment on Tommy's narrative at crucial junctures - the Charles Kinbote, if you will, of this particular Pale Fire.

The book is also very useful as a pri
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Tommy Lee (born Thomas Lee Bass) is an American Heavy Metal musician. He is known as the drummer for hard rock/heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and ex-husband of actresses Pamela Anderson and Heather Locklear.
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Actually that was the message that got me interested.”
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