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Tommyland

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  6,234 ratings  ·  293 reviews
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller in which rock and roll's most notorious bad boy bares it all and boy is there a lot to bare!

I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we became one of the baddest-ass rock ban
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Paperback, 269 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Atria Books (first published October 19th 2004)
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Deanna
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's a whole lot going on in Tommyland!

Who co-narrates a book with their penis? Well, Tommy-Lee of course.

By the time I read this memoir it had already been out for quite a few years (released in 2005). However, I still found that it addressed many of the things I had wondered about over the years.

Yes, there is a lot of the usual sex, drugs and rock & roll, but there was other intriguing aspects included in this memoir. Tommy appears to have a good sense of humor and he doesn't seem to take
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Melissa
Nov 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
A talking penis narrating a book. Digest that for a moment. Nothing is worse than when a man thinks with one head instead of another.

I tried, in vain, to find a chapter "authored" by Tommy Lee instead of his penis. I love rock and roll stories from an artistic point of view and the only chapter I enjoyed was about his musical influences, which showed a glimmer of Lee's intelligence. Sadly, it was over too quick.

For as long as his legendary member is, this story was short on depth and interest.
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Shawna
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected at all. There were some parts that were actually . . .touching. His description of how his parents met and fell in love, his devotion to his two boys, and how he stayed with his father as he was dying to make sure he was comfortable were very tender. Although a large portion of the book is sex, drugs, and rock & roll, it shows that there's more to him than just that. I also really liked how he's respectful towards both Heather Locklear and Pam Anderson and recog ...more
Falina
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
There's something especially magical about a really good book that you didn't intend to read, that you picked up on a whim simply because it fell into your path somehow. I remember years ago waiting for my then-boyfriend to finish whatever he was doing, and lazily picking up the copy of V for Vendetta he had lying on his bed. It's still one of my all-time favourite books.

I read Tommyland in much the same way--someone lent it to my boyfriend, I saw it lying on the coffee table, and I idly picked
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Sarah
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir-biography
Okay, first of all, if you’re writing a book and you’ve identified your own genitalia as a separate-from-you character with its own lines and independent thought process, I am automatically going to judge you a little bit. And not in a good way. Not that Tommy Lee would really care– clearly he’s the last person to give a shit about what other people think of him– but I had to throw it out there because it was SUPER WEIRD to read.

Also super weird? I can’t decide if Tommy Lee is a perpetual, whim
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kelly
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
If you read this book, I'll assume that you're as big of a Tommy Lee and Motley Crue fan as I am. If you're not into Tommy Lee, well, why did you read this? Dummy.

Although he does discuss Motley Crue, that's not the point of this book. Most of this book focuses on Tommy and his life--his thoughts, his marriages, the infamous sex tape (of course), his time spent in prison, his children. A large part of this book is sex, drugs, and rock and roll but from this book it's clear that there's more to
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Polina Traore
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whoever got some spare time
First of all that is a straight five-star read. Why? Because those are just one person's thoughts on the life he's lived, and other stuff. Makes sense to either agree or disagree. It's all in the disclaimer, so just give it a quick look before either committing to the story, or walking away.
I do have a habit of judging books by either the aftertaste they leave, or the amount of fun I had while reading them. This is by far one of the most fun reads, and I it's amazing, because there are no underd
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Nicole
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: auto-and-biogs
I quite enjoyed this book, and absolutely loved the humour Mr Lee brought to this story.
Also, his sincerity and fortrightness appealed to me. Mr Lee seems the type to tell a story the way it is (as far as possible and allowed in a book like this), no matter the rough bits, no matter how bad it makes him look.
The way he explains being in jail and how hard it was, the birth of his children and his separation from his second wife - these explanations sound so real and sincere that they really shoo
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Bethany
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
As a Crue fan, it pains me to rate this so low.

For a guy known for his big...drum stick, there was sadly not a lot of story. In fact his member actually tells some of the story.

I read and enjoyed The Dirt and Heroin Diaries, but my ride on Tommyland was a bit bumpy.
He is hands down one of the best drummers to hit the stage, but no storyteller.
Jennie
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Yes, this book is co-narrated by Tommy Lee's penis (the switch in voice is denoted by a change to "No Fear" font). However, there is too much telling of the "I did this and then I did that" variety for the book to be an interesting read. Big disappointment! ...more
Lisa  Keegan
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He kind of scares me but I love him! This was much less "disturbing" than The Dirt; much less drugs/sex talk but there was still a lot. The book was funny and he comes across as sweet, charismatic man who just wants to be loved and love his family and friends. Still a big fan. ...more
Conrad Mason
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Better than I expected. Filled in some pieces that weren't covered in the dirt and more of his personal journey. All though he comes across as arrogant at times he also comes across as human. Loved the bits about his marriages and what went right and wrong.

Worthy read.
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Susan Gottfried
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-books
From http://rockread.westofmars.com

I thought I knew what to expect from Tommy Lee’s Tommyland. After all, I’d devoured The Dirt, the autobiography of Tommy’s band, Motley Crue. I’d been transfixed and even a little transformed by Crue bassist Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries.

And now, coming a little late to the party, I’ve got Tommyland in my hands. At last. And while I was expecting some of it — like tales of his first-ever girlfriend, who possessed a rather unique (ahem) talent — one thing I ce
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Libby
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: musicology, celeb-bio
In the beginning of the book there is a warning that people with heart conditions, indigestion, strict morals etc should put the book down now. One of those conditions was pregnancy - despite being pregnant I forged on and ignored the warning and was glad that I did. I guess that people with prudish morals would find this book shocking - I loved it. I loved Tommys honesty, his raw, real description of his experiences. The thing that impressed me most was the mans passion and love for music...his ...more
Ed
I'll need to cast my mind back for Tommyland. I would only recommend it for those truly interested in Tommy Lee himself. If you're wanting the general story of the drugs and chaos surrounding Motley Crue, then The Dirt is the only way to go.

Don't go into this expecting a serious, thought-provoking memoir. You'll be disappointed. This is Tommy Lee, for goodness sake. The book sets a conversational tone, its sentences punctuated with 'dude's and 'bro's and various other Californian surfer-dude qui
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Dawn
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies, 2012
I thought this book was really good. Granted, it's Tommy Lee, and for those that don't know Tommy Lee... I must say, this book is NOT APPROPRIATE for small children or the easily (or maybe not so easily) offended. He spends a great amount of the book talking to a certain part of his anatomy. He also offers a lot of "tips" that most can do without, including myself. But, the rest of the book makes up for this, in my opinion. It's also a smallish book (at less than 300 pages) so the book didn't ha ...more
Vanessa Owens
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can say what you want, most of the reviews I read on this book are horrible. I think perhaps I looked at this in a whole different way, yes I am a Crüe fan and I've always loved Tommy Lee but I've never been one to stick my nose in the papers and TMZ and the rest of that garbage, I believe that the rich, famous should be allowed to live their own lives without the media, fans, and paparazzi up their asses. This writing opened my eyes up, and what it showed me was not the life of a famous roc ...more
Hanaa
[2.5/5]
Uh, the cover is pretty.
Well, by now I've read all if not most of the biographies/memoirs on Mötley Crüe and this one is my least favourite. I kind of want to re-read the other ones so I can keep better (read: filthier) memories. Mötley Crüe is not my favourite band. Hell, I don't listen to them regularly, but seeing as I love a good music-related memoir, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to read this. I love famous junkies (teenage me loves junkies) and I always enjoy reading ab
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Erin Ashley
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I don't care what people think of Tommy Lee. To me he is a legend, an absolute lunatic and a very intelligent man. Combine them all together and you get the maniac that is Tommy Lee. Most times his book was vulgar and crude, he did terrible things to himself and sometimes others, but this book wouldn't have been what it was if he hadn't been able to write it how he wanted to write it. I loved his tales of the Motley days and all the crazy shit they got up to. I think my favourite part of t ...more
Chip'sBookBinge
Jun 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
I won't even say this is a book review given the fact that I couldn't even get past Chapter 2. I knew this would be a very difficult book to get through, based solely on the introduction which centers around Tommy Lee having a full on conversation with his dick. Yes, his dick actually talks back to him. Ugh.

By the middle of Chapter 2 I knew this book wasn't long for this world. Well, my world anyway. I love to read and will stick with pretty much any book that I start, but this is the first tim
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Andy
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Andy by: my prick
Shelves: rock-sleaze
Tommy Lee's memoirs, co-narrarated by his penis. No kidding. I suppose if my prick called me "homie" I'd let him/it co-narrarate my memoirs, too.

I'm totally on board with his philosophy on shaving armpits, though. I shave mine too, I can't stand all that sweat foliage flying around. So this book has some serious style tips. Rock on, Prick King.
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Gato Negro
Jan 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Possibly the worst rock star memoir I have ever read. Written on a first grade reading level - and the fact that much of the tale is told by Tommy's penis? Puhleeze. I used to love his bright silly personality - now I think he is a complete dope. ...more
Darcie K
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
This was, quite possibly, the filthiest book I've ever read. And I learned A LOT. ...more
Patrick Hulick
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tommy Lee,great drummer, he diserves a great book and well... he got one.
Crystal
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a pretty crazy book. Very detailed on certain things that might scare some people. But than again those people shouldn't be reading his book. Over all it's pretty good. ...more
Sarah Thompson
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Literary garbage. I was hoping to read about Tommy, one of the best drummers alive, and all I read was a perspective narrated by his penis. Absolute garbage.
Dan
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. I enjoyed many of the stories
Bárbara
This is one hard review to write. I swear, I don't have a bias against Tommy Lee. Or at least I don't have one consciously, intentionally.

Wow, that's a promising opening line. I'm sorry, I just felt I had to get that out of the way first and foremost. Truth is, hard as I try, there is still something about Tommy Lee that makes it hard for me to trust him. Regardless, this review is not supposed to be about that.

This book aced the task to entertain. Even when I spent a considerable amount of tim
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Billie
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I am not a huge fan of Tommy Lee; I used to be, but not so much any more, however. I AM a fan of Motley Crue and loved the movie THE DIRT and having read that years ago and having read Nikki Sixx's books, I felt I needed to check out Tommy's, as well.

If you've read one review, you know that Tommy's penis is a "writer" and writes parts of this book. It is what it is, and if you get past that, it's actually kind of comical.

Tommy Lee is a happy guy. He loves life and he loves LIVIN
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Charity
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5

When I first started reading this book and Tommy Lee was having a pages-long, detailed conversation with his penis, I thought about just putting it down. I mean, how entertaining can that be for anyone who's not a 12-year-old boy? And, I'd just finished Nikki Sixx's "Heroin Diaries" a few weeks before, which was extremely well written and meaningful; comparatively, it was initially painful. But, I pushed ahead and was mostly glad I did. It seems when Mr. Lee had to spend several months in l
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