The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
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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

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Paperback, 431 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by It Books (first published 2001)
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Paul Hathaway
Feb 15, 2008 Paul Hathaway rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
evelyn
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...more
J
Sep 26, 2007 J rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Tripp
Feb 03, 2008 Tripp rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Satyrblade
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...more
Susie
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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...more
Andy
May 06, 2011 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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".
Schuyler
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
Daniel
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...more
Ken
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
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...more
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
Dutch
Four drunken, drugged up, rock'n'roll millionaires (who likely can't even spell) enlist Neil Strauss to help them communicate to their fans their stories of how they formed Motley Crue, and how they have left and/or come back to the band, and the personal stories in between. I give it four stars for the creativity, done with four narratives. After a while, you could imagine each of the four speaking, as they are so different. What I liked most was that all four at one point humble themselves to...more
Julie
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...more
Hayden
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...more
Cort
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
Robert
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
Eric Kalenze
Um, what's lower than 'lowbrow'?

'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
Heather Sadler
Dec 02, 2008 Heather Sadler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in rock history, Crue fans
As a Crue fan, I of course loved this book...but anyone with an interest in rock history would get a kick out of it. There are quite a few disturbing and hilarious stories, an way the way the book is written...each chapter changes to be from each band member's perspective...paints a wonderful picture of each of them as individuals, not just their band persona. The chapters by Mick were my favorites and Vince's chapter about losing his daughter was absolutely heart-breaking.
R.S. Burnett
I can't remember what I was searching for online when this book popped up in one of the results. I've never really been a Motley fan. I've heard one or two of their songs but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to them but then I wouldn't turn the channel if one of their songs came on the TV/Radio either.
I looked at a few reviews and still wasn't sure so I checked out the quote section where I saw this;

“Looking down on it from the helicopter, with a bottle of Jack in my left hand, a bag of pil...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
Pure OTT "omg, did I just read that?" kind of book. I picked this up as a lark since I was in the middle of an 80s hair band kick on my iPod. It took me two days and the pages kept flying as one thing after another was laid out in gleefully gross detail.

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.
Michael Shilling
Excellent and authentic. Motley Crue actually wrote/dictated it. Band members take turns with chapters. The voices are distinct and hard to follow and they're all really mean to each other throughout. Very funny stuff, side-splitting funny. The 20 rock musicians I know who've read this book loved it. Accomplishes in book form what Some Kind of Monster did in film, but the Crue are much stranger than Metallica.
Carrie
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.
Rebecca
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.
Rickard
Absoultely compelling! This book took me the fascinating and repulsing world of Motley Crue. These guys have lived all klichées there are about rock n roll. Even if you don't like the music of Motley Crue (like me), this is a real good read. Recommeded to anyone who are curious about other "lifestyles"....
Christy
I read this book last year and it was awesome. If you are a fan of Motley Crue you should definitely read this book even if you aren't a fan you would probably still enjoy it. I will warn you there is some very vulgar and crude things in this book but what else would you expect from a rock band.
Robyn
Apr 12, 2014 Robyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: bios
HOLY!!! I've read a bunch of rock bios and this book blows all of them out of the water. I loved how, unlike other rock bios, the hung it all out there about their dysfunction and the infighting amongst the band members. For example, McKagan and Slash sidestep the internal issues and never hang Axl out to dry for being a divisive prima donna. With the Crue, the fingers are pointing in all directions. As usual the bio was peppered with drug use, super models, strippers and porn queens but I enjoy...more
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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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“Looking down on it from the helicopter, with a bottle of Jack in my left hand, a bag of pills in my right hand, and a blond head bobbing up and doen in my lap, I felt like the king of the world.” 5 likes
“There was one dude in a jeans jacket who I swear to God shit in his pants when all of a sudden I was inches away from his face playing drums in the air.” 3 likes
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