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The Dirt

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  18,979 ratings  ·  1,277 reviews
Drogeneskapaden, wilde Sexabenteuer, kaputte Hotelzimmer, Schlägereien und Gefängnisaufenthalte. Wer glaubt, schon alle über Rpck'n'Roll-Exzesse zu wissen, kennt entweder Mötley Crüe nicht oder hat dieses Buch nicht gelesen. Die amerikanische Hardrockband hat seit ihrer Gründung Anfang der 80er Jahre alles unternommen, um den bekannten Rockstar-Klischees die Krone aufzuset ...more
Paperback, 3. Auflage, 462 pages
Published 2006 by Heyne Hardcore (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
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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
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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
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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
Tripp
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
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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
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Susie
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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.

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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
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Beth F.
Mötley Whö? I was more interested in My Little Pony during the band’s heyday and my taste in music has never leaned in this direction, but I love a scandalous train wreck just as much as the next gal and this bio fit the bill. Plus, Pamela Anderson’s breasts were a seriously major topic of conversation at my high school in 1995 and when she married Tommy Lee, a whole bunch of teenagers who’d been too sheltered to care about Mötley Crüe were suddenly interested in who was getting up close and per ...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
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Sarah
Let’s be clear. I have zero authority when it comes to reviewing music. Especially heavy metal. The extent of my music knowledge begins and ends with absentmindedly humming along to a 90′s pop radio station while I’m out running errands. About as far away from Mötley Crüe as one can get. And I REALLY don’t know how I went from an obsession with orca and environmentalism to an obsession with a random 80′s heavy metal band in the span of only a few weeks. But here we are…

All of that said, I truly
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Andy
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
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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.
Chuck
4-stars
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
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Lucy
Right from the offset Motley Crue make their intentions clear, they are out to disgust and disturb you, for they are the world’s most notorious rock and roll band- and they are going to prove that.

For all of the first few chapters they seem to be out to shock you more and more, even if you think it can’t get worse- except then it does. It even got to the point that it seemed almost normal- which is possibly worse....read more
Miguel Thannhauser
Beste muziekbiografie ooit. Punt.
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.
Laura
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.
Emilio José Miras Balaguer
Una de las mejores biografías que he tenido el placer de leer. Aunque el grupo en si no me vuelva loco (me gustan, pero poco más), el libro es muy muy recomendable, tanto como para releermelo de vez en cuando.
Rob
Giving four stars because I found it addictive and impossible to put down, even as I was finding it utterly loathsome.
Seana
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
Hunger For Knowledge
What there is to say about The Dirt? The best biography written about a rock band? The ultimate definition to a phrase sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? The definite Bible of how to be a rock star? The Dirt's cult reputation is well deserved.

You don't like Mötley's music? Doesn't matter. You don't like rock 'n' roll? Doesn't matter. You don't care for biographies? It doesn't matter either because The Dirt is hilarious, funny, laughable, serious, eye opening and everything you want from a book. It m
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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
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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
Scott
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
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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
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Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, and Emergency. He is also the co-author of three other New York Times bestsellers: Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out of Hell—as well as Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. His latest book, E ...more
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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
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