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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx Hardcover – April 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062061879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062061874
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx
is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx's experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx's being.

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx, is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times Bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx's experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx's being.


More About the Author

Born Frank Feranna, Nikki Sixx grew up in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seventeen. There, in 1981, he became the bassist for M??tley Cr??e, the legendary rock band he started with friend Tommy Lee. Today he is a family man with many projects on the side, including songwriting, film, a new band, a clothing line, as well as ongoing work with the Cr??e.

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Nikki Sixx is my inspiration!!
caroline shook
Anyone who thinks in a twisted way or just questions the way things are and should be needs to read this book.
Mirranda Braford
The book has amazing pictures and is beautiful written.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bottom line, this book is amazing! It's part photo chronicle and part journal, and will be accompanied by the release of an original soundtrack from SIXX AM in May. If you like Nikki, you'll love this book. The stories and pictures capture all of his creative qualities: his love, rage, optimism, darkness, and determinism. It basically covers his life from the struggles of his youth to the success of Motley Crue, to his OD on heroin, through his struggles with sobriety, and to his love of music and photography. Nikki said he wants to "take you on the journey" he is on, and he succeeds. Raw and powerful, fascinating and intriguing are words that come to mind when turning the pages. The image quality is exceptional, and they are both beautiful and scary. They successfully tell the story of a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending. Nikki incorporates stories behind the pictures and includes interviews with his subjects so you can see "what life is like for those whom society has labeled as freaks." This includes a woman who can't grow, a man over seven feel tall, and a naked obese woman. All in all, this book makes you react, which is what I think Nikki had in mind when he created it. Highly recommended!!!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Small on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In this, his second book, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist NIKKI SIXX aims "to show people life through different-colored lenses," and that he certainly does by way of photographing "the oddities in life." In fact, nearly 150 photographs of amputees, midgets, drug addicts, prostitutes, the obese, the disfigured, the homeless, and the generally decrepit - all shot by Sixx - are featured in this lavish 220 page book. Ultimately, this is Sixx's "struggle to make people see that different isn't always bad." The accompanying text is comprised of personal life lessons, journal entries and musings on sobriety, creativity and music. Refusing to hold anything back, Nikki questions how Mötley "went from being best friends... to not really knowing one another." In fact he states, "The only thing bigger than my love for this band is the heartbreak it can bring me." Further revelatory details include Sixx's daily transcendental meditation, his belief that "your ego is not your amigo" and that "pain is a gift. It's an opportunity to make things better." A therapeutic process, Nikki is adamant that "this book has uncorked me in places I didn't know were stuck." Arguably the most profound statement contained within This Is Gonna Hurt reads as follows: "Don't waste your death on a half-assed life."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Anne on April 14, 2011
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Sixx has done it again with this journey into the mind of an Eccentric & Captivating Artist! Through his honest, often painful recounts of some of his most devastating, yet later healing, life experiences - He gives us more than a peek into the Depths of his Soul and includes some of the things (other than drugs/alcohol) that helped him through some of his worst times. (Music, Transcendental Meditation, Books & Photography.)

The photographs in this book are a truly Unique expression of this inner turmoil & healing process. Through the nameplates of many of these dark (and to some - quite disturbing) pieces of photographic Art, we get a rare glimpse into the Soul of a man who truly believes that Beauty can be found in EVERYTHING if you just take the time to look deep enough.

I can't praise this man enough for putting himself out there so openly in trying to get such a profound message across: ACCEPTANCE & APPRECIATION for every life experience, no matter how scary or unsettling at the time... there is Beauty in ALL of it.

Namaste, Sixx! I Love Your Soul!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michele Risner on April 14, 2011
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I never read "The Heroin Diaries" or was even a Motley Crue fan, but I am well aware of who Nikki Sixx is and how far he has come in his life. I got "This is Gonna Hurt" in the mail yesterday and started reading it at 9pm. I was done by 11:45 pm that same night.

He tells you from the start that "This is Gonna Hurt". He lays it all on the line, from societies perception of what is deemed beautiful to his take on music royalties and love and life in general. The truth hurts but as you read this book you know that whil it hurts, he speaks the truth.

Hie photographs are beautiful in a way I never expected. The book has inspired me and touched my heart and my mind. I know I will look at life, and people differently now.

Throughout the book are the lyrics to the songs that Nikki and his fellow Sixx:A.M. band members wrote for their upcoming album that goes along with this book. One of the songs is called "Skin".

"Paint yourself a picture of what you wish you looked like. Maybe then they just might feel an ounce of your pain. Come into focus. Step out of the shadows. It's a losing battle. There's no need to be ashamed.

They don't even know you. All they see is scars. They don't see the angel living in your heart. Let them find the real you buried deep within. And let them know with all you've got That you are not your skin.

When they start to judge you, Show them your true colors, and do unto others as you'd have done to you. Just rise above this, Kill them with your kindness. Ignorence is Blindness, they're the ones that stand to lose."

How many of us are guilty of what they talk about in the second verse? Judging people on their outward appearance?
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