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Editorial Reviews


"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

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

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743483448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483445
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 46 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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54 of 67 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 25 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Berry on November 10, 2004
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For the most part I liked the book. He and his ghostwriter wrote chapters and then stuck them in a book basically which is OK, but sort of rambly. I will say it was a cute format though and I enjoyed that his "dick" stuck in his two cents all the time. (You will have to read the book to see how he did that.)

Here is what I got out of the book. His 7 year marriage ended to Heather because she didn't want to have kids yet and he did so he went to a porno shoot site and let a porno girl give him a BJ. Heather finds out within a few hours that he did this and the marriage is over. What a waste and who would do that to Heather? I am sure she would have wanted to have kids down the road. Count this as his first time to shoot himself in the foot.

With Pamela, he gets a bit rough with her over nothing really and pushes her in the hiney with his foot while she is holding their 4 month old son and then he proceeds to shove her and the baby hits it's head on a blackboard. Not cool and the second shooting of his foot.

And of course his engagement with Mayte, Prince's ex-wife, ends because he really isn't ready to get married again and she wants a baby and he doesn't because he has 2 kids by Pamela. I don't know whose foot is shot here - Mayte's or Tommy's. She is probably better off that she didn't marry him.

He talks a lot about his jail time and it seems this was his Crying Time as he did a lot of that while in jail. He talks about his parents a lot - he loves them dearly (his father passed away in 2001) and that is nice to know. And last, above all, do NOT disturb him if you see him out in public.
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