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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed edition (October 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074348343X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483438
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The pages vibrate with Lee's crazy energy."
-- Entertainment Weekly

"As good as the gold in Goldschlager."
-- Time

"A compelling yet obscene personal treatise, on fame and the insanity of out celebrity-crazed culture."
-- The Washington Post

"Deliciously dirty."
-- Glamour --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tommy Lee was born in Athens, Greece, and moved with his family to California at the age of one. In his musical career he is famous for being the wild drummer of one of the most successful and outrageous bands of the 1980s. A master showman, Lee's antics included performing onstage with a revolving drum kit. Since Mötley Crüe, he has devoted himself to the rap-metal act Methods of Mayhem, on which he collaborated with programming expert Scott Humphrey and rapper TiLo. Lee's last album, a more traditional hard-rock collection, Never a Dull Moment, was released in 2002. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website at www.tommylee.tv.

Anthony Bozza is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Tommyland with Tommy Lee, Slash with Slash, and of course, Too Fat to Fish with Artie Lange. He lives in New York City. Visit AnthonyBozza.net --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

I read your book all in one night.
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This book Tommyland by T Bone Lee Motley Crue's drummer Tommy Lee was down to earth.
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I loved the way it felt like it was just me and him while I was reading the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on January 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Tommy Lee is an icon as a rock n' roll bad boy and playboy who has married some of the most beautiful and high-profile women in the world. His memoir, brilliantly co-authored with Anthony Bozza, is neither a reckless tale of debauchery nor an attempt to make Tommy out to be sophisticated and wise. Tommyland is heartbreakingly honest and very self-exploratory for its main subject. I found it incredibly revealing. Tommy left no subject untouched, and I read this with profound respect.

If there is one word to describe Tommy, it is "intense." His intensity about music, about drugs, about love, about life, about anything he pursues leads, to his volatility. He lives hard, loves hard, and falls hard.

The book does not tell Tommy's life from birth to the present in a linear fashion. Instead, he addresses the various phases of his life in discrete chapters on various subjects such as his marriage to Heather Locklear, life in Motley Crue, life and love and hard times with Pamela Anderson, life in jail, and so on. This story-telling style allowed him to really expound upon each subject in great detail. His days in jail were heartbreaking, intensely revealing, and are a great read for anyone who has gone through hard times. When talking about life with Pamela, he allows her to contribute a chapter with her version of the events, which puts a lot of things in perspective.

The backstory behind Motley Crue is terrific. The band invented glam rock fashion and styles. Tommy also invented all his own insane drum kits, and had to search for engineers and technicians willing to put together his revolving kit, his flying kit, his disappearing kit, and the never-realized roller-coaster drum kit.

Don't miss out on this great memoir about life in the fastlane. Enjoy the rock n' roll lifestyle from your armchair!
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Lynch on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I ran out to purchase Tommyland because I was intrigued by the idea that Tommy was going to tell "his truth" regarding his life. But what comes through on the pages of this book are his [carnal] thoughts, which in some cases are more interesting than his own thoughts, advise, or reflections.

The biggest disappointment was his lack of fond memories of his seven-year marriage to Heather Locklear. While Tommy and Heather have been divorced for more than 10 years, surely there must have been something more substantive that he remembered about their years together besides the fact that she wasn't ready to have kids with him.

There is no mention of Bobbie Brown of "Cherry Pie" fame in the book and I know that he had a tattoo with her name on him at one time. I would call this book "selective truth." Tommy, his ghost writer, and his [carnal] skip from topic-to-topic, at times incoherently. Mayhem, chaos, and immaturity rule the pages of this book.

Of course we all know that Tommy will never, never, never get over the end of his marriage to Pamela Anderson. Mayta Garcia never had a chance to become Tommy's girl for life. What don't we already know about the Tommy and Pamela years? Neither one has the good sense to keep their mouths shut about things that the public doesn't need to know.

I guess Tommy's [mind] is right, he is the "real" star of Tommy's life. Tommyland fails to deliver either the substance or the insight into his life that I had hoped for.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Woof on October 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Tommy Lee - wild man of rock - wild man in real life !

You going to expect that the book is going to follow the line of sex drugs and rock n roll - well it does but in totally laugh out loud way.

Not only does it discuss his Motley Crue past - which a large percentage of time was taken up with various non too healthy pursuits, but he talks about his general life - which is no less interesting. This guy has a great aspect on life (these days) - and we all could take a leaf out of his book.

And don't expect a traditional structure to the book - it certainly doesn't read I was born on .... and this happened, then this etc - It jumps around from point to point - from car sex to his music teacher in high school.

Buy the book if yr a Crue fan - buy the book if you vaguely interested in the guy - it's the best read I've had in a long time
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Burr on August 16, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am fascinated by the number of people on here that say that this book is "deep" or really "tells it all" and that kind of thing. Neither are true in the least. Sure, Tommy is a real person, with real feelings, but, HELLO, I think most people could figure out that much on their own. And there are other books that tell a lot more about Motley Crue and their antics besides this one. This has a different feel.

This book is poorly organized and completely disjointed. But it's a party, so who cares? It's like hanging out with Tommy for a few nights while he gets all excited about various topics. After the first night swapping stories at the bar, he calls you at 3am because he just thought of something else, then the next day you go to his house at 9am for some breakfast and a few shots, then hang out in the pool acting stupid, whatever. Tommy Lee is one guy with a real lust for life, and if you have a pulse, it is contagious.

This book can be finished in a couple of afternoons, or even in one sitting. Don't pass this up if you like to have fun. Jump in there and read it and hear about Tommy's random thoughts ranging from big girls to Jagermeister. It is a great way to lighten your life for a few hours.
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