Motley Crue: The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band Paperback – Jul 9 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.
THE DIRT was realy funny and interesting, especially because autobiographies are my favorite type of book and especially where they are written and of people who are transfixed by rock n' roll, and THE DIRT is no exception.
This is the book to read if you want to know as much as possible ,by reading, of Motley. The bandmembers took turns writing alternative chapters of their perspective and there are a few chapters spread periodically throughout written by managers and such, which fill in missing pieces and provide other sides to the story.
THE DIRT was alo sad and I cried twice while reading it. Once during the part about Vince's daughter who at age four died from cancer; and the other of Nikki's sister who had Down Syndrome.
The writing style is all very personable and casual, if that makes sense. It's likthee they are talking to you, which I think is the greatest way for an autobiography to be written. For an example, Tommy says 'dude' alot.
I had read Tommy Lee's autobiography, TOMMYLAND,which was published 3 years after THE DIRT, so I knew some about him but I also learned alot.
So yes, people who are fans of Motley Crue or who remember the Eighties (sadly I don't, being born in '92) this book would be great for. It's totally worth reading.
reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
Whilst on holiday I was so engrossed by this book I would try to find any excuse to go back to my hotel to read it. My friends would take the mickey out of me, 'there he is with his nose in that book again' and they would ask me if I was a fan of the band as it wasn't the sort of music my group of friends would usually listen to. But by the end I was so passionate about the book that I convinced another friend to read it, and he spent the second week of the holiday doing exactly what I had done in the first week. At the end of the holiday my other friend was intrigued to find out what was so good about this book. She read it non-stop for the last day and the flight back home. Since then it has been passed around many of my friends who after some convincing that they should read a book about a band who they have either never heard of or not given a care about, and they have loved the book. Today, nearly 3 years since that holiday I finally got my copy of the book back and I can't wait to read it again. And maybe pass it onto my friend who I first lent it to who wants to read it again and keep the cycle going again.
By the way, I bought a Motley Crue CD and thought it was rubbish.
Most recent customer reviews
I've read a lot of rock bios and hands down this is the best one. The multiple points of view portrayed by interviewing all the members of the band makes the story so much wholer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian Milne
I've just finished the book. I bought it a few years ago, couldn't find the motivation to read it until this summer. As soon as I started it I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JSC
Excellent read, you really do get all the dirt !!! Can't wait for documentary to come out, one very satisfied Crue fan !!!Published 6 months ago by Rockstar
Arguably the most entertaining rock biography in the known universe.Published 8 months ago by patrak
Awesome! Definitely going to read it at least once a year! Crazy bastards!Published 8 months ago by Jason Regnier