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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; New edition edition (July 9 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 260 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,490 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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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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Format: Hardcover
If you buy this book, be prepared because there's a lot of 'woe is me' going on here. I bought this book because I've always liked the band and I was looking for an easy summer read. But Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, it gets so old and tiring that it's boring. They are having a pity party and YOU are invited! Why did I give it 5 stars? Because they had the honesty to reveal absolutely everything, but mostly just because of Mick Mars.
Nikki Sixx whined and complained so much that I wish I could have told him at least 100 times it was time to change his maxi pad. I thought his excuse for being a junkie (his messed up childhood) was insulting to my intelligence. I know many, many people with more baggage than this guy. I felt like Tony Soprano's mother...Poor YOU!!!
Tommy Lee YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Vince Neil - 1. Should have been locked up for vehicular manslaughter. 2. Should have been more responsible knowing his daughter was sick - like spending all of his time with her instead of chasing chicks, racing, bar hopping and boozing. 3. Dads of little girls don't treat women the way he does. The rest of his story zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Mick Mars - clearly the only person in the band with a brain. He is intelligent, witty, funny, insightful. It was particularly amusing the way he distanced himself from all the other band members. I was completely shocked to find out he had a disease. I knew the least about Mick Mars and this book is worth reading for the benefit of getting to know about him.
I didn't think this book was about the rock n' roll lifestyle. This book seemed more like an observance of self absorption, narcissism and gluttony. It also can't go without mentioning disgusting and humiliating way they treated women. If you have normal, healthy relationships with women and have a sister, mother, daughter or wife, you will be offended after the shock wears away.
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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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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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For Christmas Katie gave me one of the most anti-hardcore biographies you could ever read. Ever since I saw this Motley Crue biography on the shelves I've wanted to read it. I'm not really sure why I felt the need to read this thing, it was just something deep down telling me that this could be a good story. I've always been intrigued by the VH1 Behind The Music specials on all the bands from the 80s, and I figured this book would just be a more detailed Behind The Music.
I'll start this off by telling you that I read all 400 pages in two sittings. I could not put this book down! I have just recently read "Our Band Could Be Your Life" and it told the stories of Minor Threat, Black Flag, Husker Du, etc, and then after reading about the indie struggles of those bands I changed to the over-the-top glam rock of Motley Crue. Surprisingly "The Dirt" was just as good, if not better, than "Our band...". The story isn't written by an auther looking in on the bands and supplying you with his thoughts and observations of the band. Instead this book is written by the band and others that are close to them. With this book you know you are reading the stories the exact way that they happened. Not only do the band members chime in with their tales of debauchery, but others like the tour managers, label executives, and managers get to share their stories of how their lives were scarred by the crazy foursome.
Unlike some of their hair metal peers Motley Crue's story actually starts with them as a struggling poor band living in a rat-infested apartment. But their similarities with struggling punk bands end there. Even during their poor times Crue partied like they were rock stars.
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