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Motley Crue: The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band [Paperback]

Tommy Lee , Neil Strauss , Nikki Sixx , Mick Mars , Vince Neil
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Book Description

June 27 2002

Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of MÖtley CrÜe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD'd again the next day; and Wick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that's just the beginning. Fueled by every drug they could get their hands on and obscene amounts of alcohol, driven by fury and headed straight for hell, MÖtley CrÜe raged through two decades, leaving behind a trail of debauched women, trashed hotel rooms, crashed cars, psychotic managers, and broken bones that has left the music industry cringing to this day. All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare in The Dirt.

Here -- directly from Nikki, Vince, Tommy, and Mick -- is the unexpurgated version of the whole glorious, gut-wrenching story. In these pages, published for the first time anywhere, are Tommy Lee's letters to Pamela Anderson from prison: Mick's confession to having an incurable disease that is slowly killing him; Vince's experience burying his own daughter -- and the train wreck that his life became afterward; and Nikki's anguished struggle to deal with an entire life fueled by anger over his childhood abandonment, his discovery of the family he never knew he had -- and his subsequent loss of them. And all of it accompanied by scores of rare, never-before-published photographs, mug shots, and handwritten lyrics. No one is spared. Not David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Vanity, Aerosmith, Heather Locklear, AC/DC, Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, Pamela Anderson, Guns N' Roses, Donna D'Errico, RATT, or those two girls from Dallas, Texas.

Make no mistake about it: these guys are geniuses. They invented glam metal and then left it in the dust; sold more than forty million albums from Shout at the Devil to Dr. Feelgood; toured the world dozen times and have the scars to prove it it; and maintained a rabid following in an era of throwaway pop stars. MÖtley CrÜe has done nothing less than tattoo the psyche of the entire MTV generation. They are the ultimate rock 'n' roll band. And if you don't believe it, read The Dirt. You don't know what decadence is...

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In the beginning there was the Motley House, crawling with cockroaches and rats, beer cans piled on the porch so high they threatened to spill into the house every time you opened the door. "That place gave birth to Motley Crue," the band recalls in The Dirt: The Autobiography of Motley Crue. After the record contract, they write, "like a pack of mad dogs we abandoned the bitch, leaving with enough reckless, aggravated testosterone to spawn a million bastard embryo metal bands." Crue members Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx also team up with New York Times music writer Neil Strauss to tell the story of their band's rise to phenomenal success: their tours, friendships, alcohol and drug problems, music, influence and, above all, girls. No heavy metal fan will want to be without this crude, honest chronicle.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

Mötley Crüe was the voice of a barely pubescent Generation X, the anointed high priests of backward-masking pentagram rock, pioneers of Hollywood glam, and the creators of MTV's first "power ballad." Their sex lives claimed celebrities from Heather Locklear to Pamela Anderson to Donna D'Errico. Their scuffles involved everyone from Axl Rose to 2LiveCrew. Their hobbies have included collecting automatic weapons, cultivating long arrest records, pushing the envelope of conceivable drug abuse, and dreaming up backstage antics that would make Ozzy Osbourne blanch with modesty.

Provocatively written and brilliantly designed, this book includes over 100 photos, many never before published, for the most exciting and insightful look ever into the Crüe.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I have EVER read Jan. 19 2006
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I bought this book of a little old, probably Mid-60's lady working at Chapters, as I set in on the till she says to me "Oh my god I love that book. I'm not sure who Motley Crue is but that is one of the best books I've read" I read the entire book that night. From the first sentence I could not put it down. Their twisted insane world just drags you in with the frequent "HOLY SHIT" break. It's UNBELIEVABLE. I've read A LOT of book but this one was the only one I read all night and finished on the way to work the next morning. I recommend it to everyone and even made my dad read it. It's just insane. Totally worth owning, because I've now read it atleast 10 times. I just started reading it again last night actually... Although I still have half left to finish tonight :) BUY IT it'll be the best decision you make.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to high school March 29 2005
Back when I was in high school, Motley Crue was one of the biggest bands around. Stories would always surface about how they were wild party animals, how there would be women all over them, and how there would be drugs and booze a-plenty. Of course I always figured this just to be rumours, told by mothers to scare their children into being straight A students, and wishful thinking on the part of me and my friends.
But after reading this book, which is written in a very unique style by having a member from the band each write a chapter, I can tell you that everything you heard, or everything you thought you heard about the band, is true. This book does a nice job of letting the reader into the 'inner sanctum' of the band. Through reading what the band members have to say, it's easy to see why they ended up breaking up like they did. Yet at the same time it was one hell of a ride.
Definitely pick this book up if you're a) interested in Motley Crue, b) interested in what it's like to be in a world famous rock band or c) interested in finding out how too much alcohol and too many drugs can ruin a good thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock write I read in the past 5 years Jan. 30 2010
By Martine
Nothing more to add then the other reviews because this book is simply the bomb! Very graffic, great story telling. it is really a complete story/guide on Motley Crue from their first struggling days till today. Easy to read & enough images at center of book. If you read a lot of rock bios you will notice that other rock bios such as Slash & Aerosmith concure & complement many stories from the dirt. Don't need to be a fan to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is Sex Dead? Just Ask Motley Crue Aug. 11 2001
In 1982, a priest whose moniker has long since escaped my memory published a treatise on human sexuality. I don't remember much about this delightful tome, except for the fact that it had a cherry-red cover and its opening chapter presented this provocative question, "Is Sex Dead?" Outlining a cogent theory for the demise of meaningful and transcendent sexuality in an era of over-familiarity, promiscuity and rampant irresponsibility, the courtly cleric nevertheless managed to disgrace himself by condemning birth control, pain relief during childbirth, sexual equality, etc. ad nauseam. Father Rusty P. Nuss, as I shall call him, squandered his moral capital with my then-23-year-old self with his subtly disguised misogyny and overweening arrogance. Thus, I nearly forgot about this crimson-covered claptrap.
Until I read "The Dirt."
If you think you know how decadent and depraved rock superstars can be, think again. If you're a groupie and harbor any delusions that you're a muse for your hard-rocking demigod, climb off that pudendal block and join the real world. If you think you know the real meaning of the term "booty call," click those ruby-red slippers and remind yourself that you're not in Kansas any more.
What's not to loathe about "The Dirt?" As it turns out, very few and far between indeed. Self-indulgence to the point of psychosis! Telephones used for gynecological tools! Vomitus as a pheromonal inducement! Managers, producers, girlfriends, ex-wives and colleagues driven half-mad by the juvenilia of the gents in Motley Crue! Yes, yes, it's all here - and less.
The authors of this depressing book don't mince words - so I won't beat around the, uh, bush either. "The Dirt" is appalling. It's disillusioning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring. July 4 2001
If you have followed Motley Crue throughout their career, even part way, then you know what's in this book. There are some tidbits of stuff in there that have not been made to the general public before, and are the only interesting items to read. But over all, this book is beyond boring. Tommy and Nikki slept with every Playboy Playmate in existence. So? Then they married them all, divorced them all, and whined about them all. Sorry, but you get no sympathy if you go through Playmates the way normal people go through paper towels. They had the good life and screwed it up. Royally.
Synopsis of the book - woke up, did bags of dope, slept with numerous women, passed out. Turn page and repeat.
The true shining light of this book what the chapter on Vince and Skylar. That was truly heartbreaking. No one should have to go through that much pain.
Save your money - go see them in concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but so far it is pretty interesting. Can't wait to get to the end
I haven't finished reading this book, but so far it is pretty interesting. Can't wait to get to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the Dirt, you'll get the dirt and oh so much more!
Absolutely fantastic! So much information about the four guys! These four have been my favorite band for years and this book gives insights into why certain things have happened... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie Dewitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simple, livraison rapide et excellente lecture
Published 3 months ago by Marie-Josee Cliche
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining from start to finish
This book covers the rise and fall of the notorious hair metal band Motley Crue in their own words. Each band member contributes to the book and you can see the complex... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Saadi
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story !
A superb all encompassing insight of what is happening behind the scene of a rock's group. A must read.Unbelieveable that they are all still alive and playing today.
Published 16 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Crue book
It was good how all the band member tell their own stories of the same events. The boys are crazy
Published 19 months ago by jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dirt.....correct title
Amazing how much all these guys have gone through and how long it took them to mature.
They really didn't have to grow up when everything was handed to them
Published 23 months ago by Jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for a loooong, ride
Sex, drugs and rock n'roll. That's all this book is about. Drugs, endless amounts of alcohol infuelled stories laced with ODs and sex that will make the viewer's head spin. Read more
Published on July 6 2012 by Sassy Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock 'N' Roll Education Like No Other...
This folks, is not a Cinderella story it's a Rock`N' Roll story which means that there are plenty of overly loud music, sex, drugs, alcohol, bad marriages, porn actresses,... Read more
Published on May 18 2012 by Tommy Skylar
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Greeeeeaaaaattttt book !!! Lots of fun to read and you can't stop !! Very fast shipping and great condition !!!
Published on Jan. 14 2012 by Dishwalla
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