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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books; New edition edition (June 20 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060989157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060989156
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 19 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on March 29 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Martine on Jan. 30 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By Tommy Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18 2012
Format: Paperback
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, conquests, tragedies, overdoses and revival, tears, tragic death, car crashes, breakups and reunions and swear words. If you don't wish to encounter such tales move along this isn't the book you are looking for because the above description represents almost the totally of Motley Crue's existances. However if you're a Hard Rock/Metal/Motley Crue fan, enjoy honest and sometimes shocking biographies or anything interesting, you'd be well advised to pick up The Dirt if you haven't yet. The highs were high and the lows were low, in this book lays all the dirt.

There are three unofficial "acts" in The Dirt as I see it. The first is the band members getting together, recording their first two albums and basically being kids enjoying all the excess and debauchery that comes before fame, earning local recognition and realizing they were going to be the biggest band in the world. The second act sees the band achieving worldwide success and their struggles with celebrity, Nikki's drug overdoses, Vince Neil `s car crash and jail stint, failed weddings and excessive touring. In the third act the band's popularity wanes as we reach a new decade, the 1990's and they lose momentum with the new Grunge/Alternative music scene, splitting with Vince Neil and being dinosaurs without an audience to play to. In this act the original lineup gets back together and Tommy Lee departs and there are more failed weddings. The Dirt gets it right because band members get pretty much equal coverage, some are more detailed and talkative like Nikki Sixx and some are more quiet and brief like Mick Mars but it's all good.
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Format: Paperback
I have been putting off writing this review for a few days because I wanted to include ALL of my thoughts about it. I don't want to leave about about how I feel about THE DIRT.

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
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