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The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

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Set against the frenzied world of heavy metal superstardom, the co-founder of Motley Crue offers an unflinching and gripping look at his own descent into drug addiction. It follows him during the year he plunged to rock bottom and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again." ...more
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published September 18th 2007
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RoXXie | The Art of Reading This book could be put in to the genre of autobiography, but because it just covers only one year of his life, I would say it fits more into memoirs.

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Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dark year in the life of Nikki Sixx

Although a member of other bands Nikki Sixx is best known as co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter for the band Mötley Crüe.

A few years ago I was on a memoir kick and I ended up reading a few written by some current and former rock stars. I was not a huge fan of Mötley Crüe but I did enjoy some of their music. So when I came across this book/journal at the library I was curious.

I thought it was an interesting read with an accurate description of addic
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have to start out saying I was never a Motley Crue fan when they were huge. To the best of my memory, they only had two songs I can truly say I liked: 'Shout at the Devil' and 'Dr. Feelgood.'

Having established that fact, I was blown away when I heard 'Life is Beautiful' on my favorite internet radio station ( I immediately had to find out who this Sixx AM band was. AMG provided a wealth of information. Sixx AM is a project put together by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue fame. The alb
Laurie  |  LOHF
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Yikes this book is a serious downer. You’d think the lifestyle of a big rock and roll star at the height of his stardom was nothing but luxurious decadence and fun times, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. When you haven’t dealt with your childhood pain, struggle with depression and a crushing loneliness and life on the road seems endless and empty and you self-medicate with sex and heroin, well, things quickly turn into a nightmare.

Nikki Sixx, bassist and song writer for Motley Crue, hit it big
BAM Endlessly Booked
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, memoirs, e-book
I admit it; I was a Motley Crue fan in the '80s. I always had a crush on Tommy Lee though, and looking back on it I have no idea why except that Nikki Sixx scared the bejesus out of me. Reading this diary now I know why.
He just captured my heart by saying he was listening to the Thompson Twins and reading a Roald Dahl book. He's just a big kid who got seriously twisted. I realize he suffered from abandonment issues sand admits to clinical depression, but his actions seem so much like self-medica
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with strong stomachs
I don't know what it is about Motley Crue, but they're absolutely fascinating to read about. Bassist/founder/main songwriter Nikki Sixx dug up these old diaries that cover almost every day of his life in 1987. When the band wasn't touring, Sixx was near death in his bedroom closet taking heroin, cocaine and other drugs nonstop. After most entries are current anecdotes by many people in Sixx's life at the time: band members and managers, girlfriends, family etc. It's amazing Sixx is still alive a ...more
My own personal hell dimension consists of Dawson Leery's crying face covering every surface while the audio of this book plays on a loop. No lie nor hyperbole, this is the most misogynistic, self-indulgent, whiny, piece of exaggerated material I have ever read. And really, that's saying something since I read both Tucker Max and Anais Nin.

1. We all have crappy parents and even crappier childhoods. Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or part of the 1%. Normal is an illusion. And as
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
I only give this 2 stars for having funny little details about Vanity and GnR. This is not only a study in decadence but also a study in misogyny and white privilege. Isn't Nikki a n- - - - -? Why can't he say that word? Women = Trouble didn't you know?
I feel like ranting....apparently you get to be a self-indulgent prick if your father abandoned you and your mother left you with a grandmother/grandfather that adored you. Your life is so freaking hard....Really I don't know how you resisted a ne
Where to start with this work of fiction.....actually; no more like this work of; I'm gonna dupe my fans because I need the money. To start with Nikki Sixx is a massive D-Bag. He's a 50+ year old man and he has no deeper insight of himself or his past than he did when he was a 20-30yr old supposed massive junkie. Alarm bells should have rung in my head when he tells the reader that if this book helps one person who is as messed up on junk as he was then releasing this book was all worth it????!! ...more
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the Motley Crue autobiography "The Dirt" so very much that I was interested in reading the individual band members' tomes. I started with my favorite Motley Crue member, Nikki Sixx. Nikki is an extremely intelligent man and you will realize this after savoring his well-written diary entries. He was the most forthright and generous Crue member for literal contributions in "The Dirt", so I expected nothing less from his 1987 diary. This was the year he was strung out on heroin an ...more
'Welcome to my nightmare.'

On December 23, 1987 Nikki Sixx, bassist from Motley Crue, overdosed on heroin and was pronounced dead, but was miraculously revived by paramedics with two injections of adrenalin to the heart. The Heroin Diaries are his personal diary entries the year leading up to this day.

'My bones were heart was pounding...I thought I was going to explode. I'm glad I have you to talk to, to write this down...I tried to keep it all together, but then I gave in to the mad
Jan 19, 2008 rated it liked it
A better title would have been a "Year in the Life of a self-absorbed, drug-addled, whining rockstar." The book isn't awful. Nikki Sixx has some decent writing chops, but so much of the book is taken up with the same defeatist, whining, self-hatred that by the fifth or sixth month of it, you find yourself skipping over the boring entries. One of the book's saving graces is its format - the addition of "after the fact" notes from a variety of people makes the stories so much more interesting. Hea ...more
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is a compilation of Nikki Sixx's diary entries from 1986/1987 along with comments by those who knew him then. Let me say, I give Nikki Sixx a lot of credit for doing this as well as those who commented in the book. This took a very strong person to look back and read these entries; acknowledge the person he was; and actively ask those who were close to him (often participants in madcap antics) during this dark time to comment on him. Very in your face (what else would a diary of a rock ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
"I love twelve year olds because you can hear the bones crack when you stick it in." What kind of guy says this, even drugged up and jokingly? Nikki Sixx does, in this book.

I think that may have been the moment my teenage obsession with Motley Crüe stopped. These guys are glorified rapists.
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with interest in recovery or a Motley Crue/Nikki Sixx fan
This was an absolutely fascinating book. Obviously, I am a big fan, particularly of Nikki's songwriting from the beginning to present so I've anxiously waited for the release of this book for several years. I am also a recovering addict and this was truly compelling, touching, at times rather raw but honest, and I simply could not stop reading. I knew the basic story but didn't know the brutal details. Wow. I found myself feeling lost and alone as I read the pages of this journal, knowing just w ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. Yes, he's egotistical but honest. I liked that he takes responsibility for his life and addiction and some of the crazy things he writes are funny as hell. Recommended, even if you're not a Crue fan. It's just a fun memoir of a terrible addiction. ...more
Tan Markovic
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brief overview: Man gets high in closet for many years and tries to shoot imaginary people.
Bren Let the sea enamor you
I read this quite awhile ago. I do read many music bios although not nearly as many as I used to. I think my last one was "Heaven and Hell" about the Eagles. Anyway..

This is quite the dark book and I have to say Nicki Sixx is quite an intense writer. He really takes the reader into his head and it's a [pretty dark place to be.

I should also say I was never a major Motley Crew Fan. I had my favorite bands and entertainers and I did see them live once, (they put on a heck of a show) but I was not,
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Heroine Diaries: A Year In the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx

๏  Highlights ๏

10 Year Anniversary Edition
Rock Star Life
Drugs, Sex, & Rock N' Roll

With Audio Performed by Nikki Sixx

๏  My Thoughts ๏

I just watched The Dirt on Netflix and read the book quite some time ago.   Nikki Sixx's heroin addiction is touched on but not fully explored in The Dirt, but this puts his downward spiral on full-display.   With Nikki narrating his own diary en
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember what brought me there, but shortly after the great Philip Seymour Hoffman died I listened to a podcast of Nikki Sixx's radio show where so eloquently described addiction and depression.
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This was a dissertation that was worthy of any psychological study. And the reason for this, is he has lived this and is still living it.

The story behind The Heroin Diaries is that while Motley Crue were on top of the world, on tour in 1987, Nikki
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I now know that the cliché, "sex, drugs and rock and roll" is an understatement when it came to Nikki Sixx.

I decided to read this book after listening to my husband's cd The Heroin Diaries soundtrack by Sixx A.M. I immediately loved it! The lyrics were full of hope and the music was fantastic. I knew I had to read the book, even though I was never a Mötley Crüe or, let alone, Nikki Sixx fan. Now I'm a total fan and have bought more cd's by Six A.M.

This diary/memoir is t
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
What a ride. Although I loved Motley Crue back in the day, I was young and had no idea the life they led as rock stars. Sex, drugs, Rock and roll was the theme back then but I never knew the depths of the darkness it led Nikki too.

One of the last paragraphs that I loved

You know, it's pretty easy reading this book to see why I was angry and confused for all those years. I lived my life being told different stories: some true, some lies and I still don't know which is which. Children are born
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Am I the only one who is skepitcal of the fact that Nikki Sixx kept a diary during the height of his heavy drug using days? And that he began his entries with "Dear Diary?" Even I didn't do that in 1987, the year that The Herion Diaries spans, and I was a 14 year old girl then.

Whether or not these stories were actually chronicled by Nikki in '87, the ones about the band and their '87 tour are interesting. The ones about Nikki shooting up in his closet at home and hallucinating become rather tir
Crystal Bell (Crystal_reads_)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Excellent book. Gives you the view from the user. Rock Star or Not..
I have re-read this book several times over the years. It really is my go to book. I know what’s it like to love a drug addict or in my case Addicts. I saw them break apart our family, and lose there battle to addiction. Heard all the horrible names people call addicts because they have absolutely no clue what it’s like to walk in my shoes or there’s . This book shines the light on addiction why it’s not so easy just to stop and
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nikki Sixx shouldn’t be alive. That’s not a moral statement or any kind of reference to his deservingness of existence. It just doesn’t make any goddamn sense that his heart is still beating. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who, for YEARS, injected everything from heroin and cocaine to brown sugar and Jack Daniels directly into his veins. Not to mention all the risky sex (spoiler alert: there was A LOT), drunk driving, and fist fighting. If it weren’t for the occasional OD, I’d be 100% convinc ...more
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. I was so glad when it arrived in the mail, I opened the package and I had this beautiful glossy-paged thing in my hands. This book just looks good. Then you actually get down and read it. This book shows Nikki's diary excepts from Christmas Day 1986 to the same day a year later. I'm sure the name makes it obvious that a lot of this book focuses on drugs. In fact, pretty much all of it does. It's easy to see just how meaningful this book could be to other addicts. I'm not an ...more
Erin Carere
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with addiction struggles
I read a snippet of this book by Nikki Sixx (of Motley Crue fame, former bass player) since it's a bonus on the CD when you slip the disc into your computer. All IO can say is, wow. This man is incredibly brave and I hope his terrifying experience heal people! And, the diaries are not only fascinating, but funny, smart, painful. Intuitive, amazingly. Nikki Sixx kept a journal of his experience on beaucoup drugs and the people surrounding him, Motley, and his drug life throughout the 80s. Now, he ...more
Suaad (I just want a cat)
4 Stars though I read it in 2011

One of the best formats I read, the art inside perfectly reflects Nikki's mental state at the time

Also, one of my favourite albums (and underrated band) of all time
Bethany Ainsworth
It's a very interesting read.

It's very interesting to read someone go through a downward spiral of addiction and I would say destruction, because he and Tommy kind of did some destruction of property while high on cocaine. And I guess Nikki was destroying himself in the process of his addiction.

It's an interesting insight to this guy's life, really. Especially getting other points-of-view inserted to help expand. We see why the others didn't help, because Nikki would essentially blow up at them,
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio-autobio
This is a riveting read, I burned through this book within two days. I appreciate Nikki's fulfilling his vision of complete honesty when he decided to publish this... nothing is sugar coated in this sad, vicious diary of a rock star on drugs and out of control with plenty of money to fuel his habit. The debauchery recounted in the book is tempered with some pretty witty insight from Nikki (as of 2006) and by others who were willing to go on the record in the book to comment on the events as they ...more
rating: 3/5

Should be re-titled A Year in the Life of an Entitled and Bloody Rich Rock Star Who Squandered his Fortune on Heroin while Behaving Like a Complete Asshole. It is what it is.

At the end he writes that he hopes his diary helps others clean up. I am really happy for him (I am, not being sarcastic here) that he was able to get his life in order. But the reality is that most people with a heroin addiction don't have massive amounts of cash to cushion their fall. Not to mention that within
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Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna) is an American bassist, author, photographer, and the main songwriter for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. He has also played bass for glam metal band London, as well as stints in experimental band 58 and the hard rock band Brides of Destruction, and is the bass player in Sixx:A.M.

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