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The most influential, enduring, and iconic metal band of the 1980's reveals everything a tell–all of epic proportions.

This unbelievable autobiography explores the rebellious lives of four of the most influential icons in American rock history.

Motley Crue was the voice of a barely pubescent Generation X, the anointed high priests of backward–masking pentagram rock, pio

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463 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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Paul Hathaway
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin2008
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
Mar 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I think I'm going to be sick 🤢

Take a bath, please just once take a shower and wear cleans clothing
I read Sixx's Heroin Diaries and was creeped out by the level of neglect, filth, and absolute sadness in his life.
All of the decrepitude is a cry for help.
"They are savages with cash who care nothing about nobody, even each other."-Doc McGhee

Full RTC
Michelle M
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap. Were the stories of rock and roll decadence entertaining? Absolutely! All the insider reports were delightful even. But I still came away feeling sad, sad that music and the non-stop consumption of drugs, alcohol, women and stuff seemed to be the only way these men could fill the gaping holes in themselves. Sad at the wreckage they left behind wherever they went. Sad that they seemed to be flailing for meaning even with all the fame and money they craved. Sad that their demons and the ...more
Tziggy
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read for anyone who ever dreamed of being in an 80s band or a fan of the group. The way that they came to fruition along with some of the things they had to deal with in their lives were remarkable. A relatively easy read, as well.
East Bay J
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Mariℓina
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A train wreck happening right in front your eyes, both horrid and spectacular.


I am not a fan of Motley Crue but The Dirt is one of the best books on the rock memoirs genre, so i had to read it. Indeed, it's brilliant and no matter how you feel about the group, their antics or their music, you will end up loving their journey to stardom.


Filthy, almost gory at some points, insanely sad and painful at others, the only word that comes to mind in the end, is captivating! And horrifically so..
I have t
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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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Tripp
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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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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
KW
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rough-chuckles
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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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.
Jay Kristoff
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
George Bradford
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-n-roll, america
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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Sarah Clark
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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James Hartley
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great book, a classic of the genre. Its as visceral as Miles Davis autobiography, another I love, and trashes weak aging rock star Christmas book fare like cheap hotel rooms. It is not an attempt to explain the typically awful behaviour of rock musicians, only to document it, to say what its really like and to do it from the inside. In this it succeeds and goes platinum. Theres life, death, worldwide success, sex, drugs, money, ear-shredding solos, revolving, flying drumkits, ce ...more
Rebecca
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
susie
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andy
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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".
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.
Miguel Thannhauser
Beste muziekbiografie ooit. Punt.
Bey Deckard
From the first chapters that sounded like my first apartment, to the unreliable narrators who constantly contradicted each other, to the surprisingly emotional details, to even the gorgeous formatting of the paperback, this was one incredible read.

I was a big Mötley Crüe fan back in highschool but they got eclipsed eventually by bands like Tool and Nine Inch Nails... it was nice to catch up with them again and learn all about their crazy fucking (literally) adventures.
Satyrblade
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Scott
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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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Hayden
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sbell
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE ALL THINGS TOMMY LEE!!
I absorbed every scene in this book.
What a wild ride!!!!!
Nacho
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: música
No me gustan Mötley Crüe o el hair-metal. Sin embargo, he leído el relato de las hazañas de esta panda de descerebrados entre la perplejidad, la repugnancia y la fascinación. Los trapos sucios es una lectura tan adictiva como epatante.
Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
Този тип книги се оценява емоционално. Тук не става дума за художественост. Рок-биографиите/автобиографиите са свидетелски описания на една епоха, също като дневниците на оцелелите от Холокоста (само че първите, естествено, са много по-забавни). Кое е общото ли? И в двата случая става дума за оцеляване: физическо, психическо и емоционално, но в единия случай опасността е в резултат на външни фактори, а в другия на субективно деструктивно поведение.
И тъй като това ревю започна плашещо да лъха на
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Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You're Dead. He is also the coauthor of four other 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, and Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home. He can be found at www.neilstrauss.c ...more
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