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Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen Hardcover – September 23, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Like so many rock stars who survive into their 40s, Mötley Crüe front man Neil has produced an autobiography. Raised in Compton, Calif., just as gangs were starting to take over, Neil turned multiracial good looks and a bad attitude into a career singing for the leading hair band of the 1980s. Mötley Crüe embraced the values of rock star excess and garnered fame as much for their drunken exploits as for their music. In one grim episode, an inebriated Neil crashed his Ford Pantera into a Volkswagen, killing his passenger and critically injuring two others. Later, Neil was ejected from the band but eventually returned. Today, he lives in Vegas, making music and running several businesses, including a chain of tattoo parlors. Neil makes no pretense of being thoughtful or reflective, but with Sager's help he's done a more than adequate job of representing himself. Much is said about all the women he's had, all the drugs he's done, all the nice cars he's owned, and all the celebrities he's met. Yet within the rock-star braggadocio lies an entertaining story of a handsome, insecure guy with a lot of energy who got really lucky. Interviews with friends, business associates, and ex-wives bring much-needed depth to the narrative. To his credit, Neil deals honestly with the suffering he's caused.
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About the Author
Vince Neil has been the frontman of Mötley Crüe for the past thirty years. He lives in Las Vegas and San Francisco with his wife.
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I only gave it 3 stars because there is not one damn picture in the kindle version. Had I known that before, or knew how to confirm that before I would have purchased the actual book instead.
Otherwise a good book
The Crüe made it to 5 great albums, the rest of them being not quite what they could have been if things hadn't collapsed after [I]Dr. Feelgood[/I].
It's unfortunate that there is - or was- quite a bit of bad blood between the guys, but Vince doesn't dwell on that as much as he could have in this book.
Nothing too terribly new for those who've read [I]The Dirt[/I], but still worthwhile for Crüe fans.
I was wrong.
The book starts out interesting with information about his childhood, and the rise of Motley Crue. Nothing I haven't heard before, but it still managed to grab my interest. But after that it goes downhill fast.
Halfway through the book the tone changes. Where the first half was filled with a story, the 2nd half of the book is nothing but what girls he slept with, what cars he owned, and to mix things up what girls were in which cars. Nothing but meaningless fluff.
This book is mainly an ego trip where he can boast and brag about which playboy/strippers/models he shared the bed with. You will end up with a book that is 1/3 of the pages if you take all this stuff out.
Towards the end I didn't even bother reading anymore what fling he had during which event/tour, I just let my eye scan the page fast until I found something worth reading.
Neil struck out into the world early at 17 (already a father by this point), leaving a household that seemed to have a loving
vibe but also a loose one. For me, it's always fun to read about Southern California during this time period, when people
deeply loved their rock 'n' roll music, specifically the sheeny heavy metal brand that was developing. Whether it was taking place in well-known bars on the Sunset Strip or in the backyard of some teenager's party (while the kid's parents were gone),
live rock 'n' music roll was a big part of young people's lives back then.
Regarding Motley Crue, Neil's onging bread and butter (though he has ventured out with other money-making projects and fancies himself a businessman these days), there is little love, or even that much respect, among the four band members. Based on his contribution to Neil's book, Nikki Sixx might like Vince a little bit. But only just a little. The other guys, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars, don't seem too fond of Neil anymore, and the feeling sounds mutual. On a positive note, it was cool of Neil to allow others who have been close to him in his life to contribute to his book. This includes his three ex-wives, a former band mate in Rockandi, Sixx, his parents and others. This hodge-podge of viewpoints actually kept the book more lively than it otherwise would have been. It's also possible that Neil himself just didn't have that much to say and needed others to assist.
There are a few contradictions in the book and some of Neil's memories may not be spot-on accurate, but the gist of his
story is evident throughout: He's a man of huge appetites who lead a reckless life and is now paying for it, while simultaneously trying to make amends. Like these sorts of biographies tend to operate, toward the end it all becomes a merry-go-round blur: travels, drinking, drugging, tragedies, rehab, remorse. Nonetheless, Neil is a smarter, down-to-earth, more emotionally driven guy then you might think. After years and years of doing what he's done, it never ceases to amaze me how, when you get down to it, road-hardened entertainers like Vince Neil actually possess a great amount of professionalism, drive and energy to just keep going -- despite what people may think of them.