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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band Paperback – July 9, 2002
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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.
About the Author
Mötley Crüe is Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee. Multiplatinum recording artists, international rock stars, and legendary raconteurs, Mötley Crüe defined a generation.
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I enjoyed the detailed recollections of the band members' childhoods, especially Nikki's (Frank's), actually my least favorite Motley member before reading this book. I appreciated the included chapters from others (management, record execs, John Corabi) - some in first person and some in Q&A form. Though many of the major plot lines have long been public knowledge, a lot of the details and background/behind-the-scenes information was new to me and delivered well. Like The Bible, you sometimes get the same event conveyed from multiple perspectives, and the contradictions can be enlightening.
It's clear, though the band members were often the delinquent children their public mage portrayed, let to run amok like bulls in a china shop, they were surrounded and controlled by an evil of another kind: infinite greed. The chapter explaining the music industry "machine" analogy and the bands role in it, was poignant and insightful. However, the fact that so many people with financial motivation were complicit in the band's wanton behavior and resulting destruction of so much and so many, sickened me most.
Still, I laughed out loud several times. Interestingly, though this is a purportedly musicians' biography, there's really very little about music.
I think you also need to take some of the recollections with a grain of salt, e.g. cutlery spontaneously flying around Nikki's house because he dabbled in black magic, Tommy serving six months in jail (just) for breaking Pam's fingernail, etc.
It's amazing that the band members survived their life style, though not everyone gets out alive; the collateral damage was wide and deep. :-(
After reading this book, I walked away with a new found respect for the band and each member. They all had(have) their issues, but you can't say they didn't actually LIVE LIFE and all are still alive and kicking as of 2018 and still doing music, but I still recommend this book even if it's been a minute because the tales are all relevant especially as it relates to their 80s heyday. Had such a ball reading this!
What separates this book is the 4 different authors. One member remembers an event but the next chapter shows the recollection from a different perspective. This is insightful given the infighting. But the competing stories gives you a much better picture of what to believe.
If you like rock and roll/heavy metal debauchery, read this book. You will not be disappointed! Grossed out maybe but not disappointed.