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The Dirt by Tommy Lee
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Oct 15, 2010

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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 said humble beginnings, struggle for a dream of fortune and fame, struggle with corporate entities as success mounts, struggle with the excesses and abuses that come with success and struggle in the aftermath of the wake of people that got hurt and the opportunities that were wasted along the way.

At the heart of all great art there is struggle, immediacy, urgency, anger, frustration, and loss. This book has all of those elements in droves. Which, while I hesitate to call the music and lifestyle of Motley Crue great art, I can appreciate that their journey to fame and fortune was at very least interesting, provocative and absurdly controversial. It is also very likely to never be repeated at this kind of scale ever again.

Everyone wants to know what happens when you shine a spotlight into the gutter. This book provides a front-row seat.
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