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Preview — The Dirt by Tommy Lee
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
If it was written in the 80s, it would probably have bee...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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'The Dirt' made Star Wars expanded universe novels and Nesbo thrillers (two things I love but that I know aren't exactly stretching me intellectually) into near-unbelievably complex, artful literary pillars.
And I loved every minute of it.
Thanks Vince, Mick, Tommy, and Nikki, for showing up occasionally over my past 30 years or so. We don't have much in common, but it's always a hoot to spend time with you.
(Thanks to my 3W boys, Chris via Lars, for passing this on...more
If there's a redeeming bit in the entire book, it's Mick Mars' chapters. His decades-long battle with a degenerative bone disease is pretty heartbreaking stuff.