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The Dirt

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  18,487 ratings  ·  1,254 reviews

The most influential, enduring, and iconic metal band of the 1980's reveals everything a tell–all of epic proportions.

This unbelievable autobiography explores the rebellious lives of four of the most influential icons in American rock history.

Motley Crue was the voice of a barely pubescent Generation X, the anointed high priests of backward–masking pentagram rock, pio

463 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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Paul Hathaway
Feb 15, 2008 Paul Hathaway rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks their lives are fast paced and interesting.
Recommended to Paul by: Steve
11am. Woke up. Vomited. Started reading this book.
4pm. Neck started hurting. Took huge amounts of cocaine, bottle of Alleve, 5th of Jack, decided reading in bed wasn't the best thing for my posture.
4:15pm. Went crazy, destroyed hotel room, terrified groupies in varying stages of dress, played rock show.
6pm. Was woken up, informed previous rock show was in head by manager, told had to go to real rock show later. Read more book.
8pm. Arrived @ show. Drank 2 more bottles of Jack, took huge amounts o
i remember when i was 13 or so and i finally realized that all of the r.l. stine books i'd been reading were pretty trashy and devoid of any literary merit. i felt a little silly for devouring something like 100 fear street books. i didn't feel too bad about it, though. i mean, i was reading, and it wasn't like i ONLY read fear street books. i read good stuff too.

this book is like that, only now i'm 25, and this book is friggin DIRTY. i kind of feel like i'm writing a review for soft porn right
Lilly G
There's a scene in Gilmore Girls where Lorelei stays home one night because she can't put this book down. I can fully understand why now.

I loved this book. We read books to escape, and this book had me leave my world and be a cliche rock star in the hair metal 80s. It's not about liking hair metal, and it's not about liking rock, and it's not even about Motley Crue (who I knew nothing about at the start of this adventure). It's about what drives people, how lives intersect, and about page-turnin
East Bay J
Sep 26, 2007 East Bay J rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crue fans and people who like the dirt
Shelves: music-bios
I’m not a huge Crue fan. Their first two LPs spent a fair amount of time on my teenage turntable but, by the time Theater Of Pain pranced and prissed its way into release, I had lost interest. I do like some Crue songs enough to get stoked when I hear them, even later compositions like “All In The Name Of…”, “Kickstart My Heart” or “Wild Side”. Their ballads stand out of the 80’s hair metal miasma as being of a certain quality. “Nona” and “Without You” are just the right mix of sincerity and sap ...more
Feb 03, 2008 Tripp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Voyeurs, rock fans
I used to think that I could not be shocked by tales of celebrity shenanigans. Well, I was wrong. After a few recommendations I read The Dirt, the story of Motley Crue. For most of their career, the behavior of these people (Mick Mars excepted) is flat out appalling. As Nikki Sixx notes, if they were not famous they would have been in jail. I'm pretty sure that if you saw any of these people in their heyday, you would hate them immediately.

If it was written in the 80s, it would probably have bee
Kayla Rae Whitaker
I ripped through "The Dirt" while suffering from a nasty bout of the flu. Because of its accessibility, its fast pace and its sporadic-yet-easy-to-track narrative (which simply switches between points of view), I finished it in about a day and a half.
I will admit to never having been a huge fan of Motley Crue, or hair metal in general. I could take or leave Warrant, Poison, Ratt, et cetera. I originally picked this book up because I had heard that its storytelling was both disgusting and delig
Possibly the most entertaining book I've read in my research for a current project, The Dirt follows the most infamous example of '80s hair-metal excess on their long journey through Hell's Hall of Fame.

Told through chapters by the five band members (Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, classic vocalist Vince Neil, and his temporary replacement John Corabi), plus a handful of interviews with producers, ex-managers, and the head of the band's former label, the book careens from the bandmates' dysfu
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Sarah Clark
Holy crap, what an unexpectedly awesome book. This book is disgusting and wonderful, which is confusing because it also made me openly weep. Really? Really.


Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx, notoriously known as Motley Crue, tell all in this wild ride through the band's history. Replete with drugs, sex, alcohol, addiction, ratted hair, playmates, hookers, incarceration, death, and plenty of Jack Daniels, no topic is sacred. Decadence at its finest.

Appeals: getting the gossip from
May 06, 2011 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kurt cobain's rotting carcass
Shelves: rock-sleaze
It's no coincidence that Motley Crue can be filed between The Monkees and Motorhead. Better looking than Van Halen, better songwriters than Guns 'N Roses. Combining dashingly rugged good looks with the hardest rocking sounds, they took the country by storm in the 1980's. Lots of great pictures with equally funny stories about the band. Lots of showbiz stuff about Tommy's marriages to Heather Locklear and Pam Anderson, too. Time to put on "Doctor Feelgood".
George Bradford
I've never owned a Mötley Crüe record. I've never seen a Mötley Crüe concert. I've never had any use for Mötley Crüe. Ever.

So I was quite surprised to learn (in 2000) they were writing a book with New York Times music critic Neil Strauss. I was a big fan of Strauss and his writing. And the unlikely venture piqued my interest.

When I discovered the format of the book involved each member of the band individually telling his version of what happened -- and that each of the four versions would then
This was most certainly an interesting read, but I probably shouldn't have read this--anyone who thinks they like these guys shouldn't read it IMO. No, not because they aren't role models or any such thing as that, but just because they're not that bright (on ANY level). Personal philosophies such as "curly haired people aren't cool" or "Ebola killed the dinosaurs" and "the Titanic was under secret orders to crash." Really? I mean really? This is the level you guys think on? Give me a fre
Molly Rawls
Negative 5 stars for their treatment of women. 5 stars for surviving the amount of drugs they did and eventually sobering up. 3 stars for me being a child of the 80s and not being able to turn away from the train wreck.
Reads infinitely better than I ever imagined it could. Sure, much of the debauchery is cliche and expected, but who among us is above even the teensy weensiest of bottle necking during a train wreck of this magnitude. Surely not I. The parts I found most interesting deal with the very human aspects of its characters, particularly Nikki's childhood and Mick's illness.
What I learned from this book... let's see... that people are disgusting, that I have deplorable taste in books, that my love for Home Sweet Home is unshakable, that I am conflicted over when it's misogyny and when it's just reciprocal idiotry, and that sometimes people randomly throw up on Kelsey Grammer. Truly awesome.
This book was horrible. Mötley Crüe is just a collection of self-entitled assholes. I'm not sure what I was expecting but this book was the worst. The parts from Tommy Lee were mildly entertaining but he's still an idiot. They all are. And so angry. Always fighting. What the hell are you so angry about? You could Use your words, but when you're the Crüe, you talk with your fists. Yeah! Let's be honest. These losers were one lucky fluke away from being broke, dead or homeless. Vince Neil drove dr ...more
Jay Kristoff
Best tell-all from a rock band I've yet read. No punches pulled, and although you need to question any bio written by gents with egos this size, it's still a cracking read. Well worth the time, even if you don't dig on the tunes.
Giving four stars because I found it addictive and impossible to put down, even as I was finding it utterly loathsome.
This book is disgusting. I was expecting tales of debauchery and drugs and groupie sex but these guys experienced things BEYOND the average person's imagination. I'm not a Motley Crüe fan. The only member I was really familiar with was Tommy Lee - mostly as my bad boy crush. For most of this book I hated these guys (minus Mick who seemed like a more decent version of a rockstar). It was impossible not to. Their narcissism and blatant disrespect for women made me sick to my stomach. But at the sa ...more
As a non-fan of Motley Crue (I mean a complete and total non-fan; I didn't care for them during they're heyday), I came to this book for the well-advertised decadence and debauchery. While the bandmembers' nefarious escapades (as well as Strauss's clever, 18th-c. picaresque chapter frames) sustained me for a while, I eventually grew tired of spending time with the Crue. However, the book did have the interesting effect of simultaneously raising and lowering the band in my esteem. Musically, I st ...more
An interesting case study in what happens to young men from small-city America once you remove all the consequences from their actions.

The results aren't pretty, but they are entertaining and appalling at the same time. Like a horrific traffic accident, you will not be able to look away.

However, at the heart of these cautionary tales, there is the element of struggle at every level. Struggle with poverty and irrelevance as youths, struggle with personal demons of insecurity, abuse as a result of
I read this book many years ago, but still remember it quite well. It's hard not to with the crazy stories and wild adventures of one of the biggest rock bands to ever hit the scene. This tell all of the funny, outrageous, and heart breaking lives of four of the most extreme rock stars to ever take the stage is simply captivating. The blatant drug use and wild women seem to be par for the course for any big rock band. But to read about all the many situations these things led to was an eye openi ...more
If you grew up when I grew up (I was a teen during the 1982 - 1990 years) and were part of my crowd (long hair, leather, troublemaker) then Motley Crue was IT. They are the band every guy wanted to be and every girl wanted to be with. So needless to say they had a big influence on my life and I would say that I'm a fan.

This is their biography. Each chapter is written by a different bandmember or manager. Takes us from the beginning to the latest and they don't pull any punches. This is the band
Manda Werhun
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 de
Amber Carter
Finished it in two days. After reading "Life" by Keith Richards and this book in the same month, I have but one tip to those about to (write) rock (memoirs) - Less chapters on the drugs you did and more chapters on the people you did. Talking about drugs all the time is a super snore. We get it - you did drugs. It was fun at first, then it got to be a drag after a while. Even Nancy Regan could tell me some stories about this, and hers would probably be a whole lot more revelatory than yours. Wha ...more
I guess I should have known better than to think this may have been a somewhat good read, maybe an insight into their music or how they came up with it or....

No. I = gullible.

They do nothing but go into extreme detail about how many women they've screwed, how much money they've blown, and how many ounces of whatever a day they snorted, injected, drank, smoked...

The only funny thing is watching every single member of that band blame every bad marriage they've had entirely on their wives. Now THAT
This was easily one of the best page turners I've ever read. The Dirt goes in depth, for a no holds barred look into one of the most decadent rock bands ever. Before reading this, I sort of dismissed Motley Crue; I liked a few of their songs, but overall thought they were nothing special. But reading this has shed a new light, I now appreciate every album they've done, and have recently found myself blaring Kickstart My Heart or Dr. Feelgood over and over in my car.

For anyone who's interested in
How on earth are these dudes STILL ALIVE!? Sweet baby jeebus! Let's face it - we've all fantasized about being in Motley Crue. Money, crazy debauchery, booze, women...more money, more crazy debauchery, more booze, more women...*sigh* a girl can dream, can't she? Vince Neil killing someone in a drunk driving accident, Nikki Sixx dying two or three times and coming back to life, and Tommy Lee writing awful poetry are really just a sliver of what this book has to offer. You may have to sacrifice a ...more
"I'm not saying shout with the Devil, I'm saying shout at the fucker"

Nikki Sixx

That quote says it all. I am an unapologetic 80's hard rock fan. But not the worlds biggest Crüe fanatic, having always preferred Van Halen. However this is easily one of the best rock bios out there. The tales are so outlandish and the culprits, not nearly smart enough to have made them up, ring completely true. A must read for anyone interested in what is probably in 2014 an outdated lifestyle of groupies, drugs an
A phenomenal page turner. Bawdy, revealing, hilarious and at times, deeply moving. I couldn't put it down. Four stars only because, in my opinion, a bit of a second act lull. Almost a 200 page block of heroin and groupies got a bit redundant and I personally would have liked to have learned more about Crue's writing and recording process. Otherwise, you will definitely enjoy yourself. I went in knowing virtually nothing about Motley Crue and turned the final page feeling like I was saying good-b ...more
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