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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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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446548049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446548045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've read Motley Crue's 2001 book The Dirt, the content here may not seem all that different to you, and that's because it's not. Tattoos & Tequila is the autobiography of Motley Crue's Vince Neil, the book has new content that was not previously in The Dirt and it does go more into Vince's life and what it was like and he can certainly tell interesting stories. But a lot of it was already in The Dirt. Honestly, Tattoos & Tequila seems a bit of a cash-in, at this point there's already been The Dirt, Nikki released his book-journal, The Heroin Diaries, Tommy had Tommyland, maybe it was time for Vince to release a book. Unfortunately, it's not as good as either Nikki's or Tommy's book, it's badly written, and there are many errors (repeated sentence for one, not correctly spelling "girls" among others...), the book seems too rushed. Vince also released his new solo album Tattoos & Tequila in June so maybe they wanted to bring more cash in by writing a book, I don't know.

I feel genuinely sad for Vince, I love Motley Crue and he was a terrific singer but I certainly don't envy him. Neil got married quite a few times, had sex with a ton of women and truly lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle but he comes off as ungrateful and arrogant. In Vince's life there have been many divorces, the death of his daughter Skylar, he killed his buddy Razzle and severely injured two other people in a car accident, lawsuits, facelifts, band disputes, unsuccessful band and other struggles and interesting events. You'd think that Vince would have learned a lesson or two and try to live a more normal life and do something to help himself...but no, sadly he is still getting drunk and living the same way he lived all his life. The worst part is he probably doesn't even know it, or simply refuses to acknowledge it.
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As a teenager, Vince Neil's face adorned just about every single inch of my room. At 35, while I may not have his posters up anymore, I still go to Crue concerts every chance I get with the zeal of a teenager. With that said, I was excited to learn more about Vince from his own words.

I wasn't disappointed in the content, per say, but the way it is written is horrendous and hideously unprofessional. In the beginning, when Vince is talking about growing up in Compton there's a section where he got knifed. Then he ate ice cream. And then somehow that turned into a crush on his teacher, and then there was an interjection out of nowhere from his mother about getting his girlfriend Tami pregnant. As a Vince fan, of course I knew about her and his son, but the book had not yet introduced her to us, and the part he was discussing before the mother's entry was from when he was 10-11 years old.

Then there's an interview with his sister, and his family apparently doesn't know if they're Spanish or Mexican but they're not Irish. What? Some of it was cool hearing about how they grew up together, but then she goes on to mention how she doesn't tell people who her brother is, except her business card mentions "Crue" at the bottom. After that she points out how she doesn't ask Vince for houses, or cars, or money, but if he wants to give them to her, that's cool. Really? Does that even need to be in the book? How is that even relevant? If anything, it makes Vince look like a cheapskate for not buying her houses/cars etc...

The word "Like" is used way too many times. "Like this one time we were like, over there in a yard, you know, next the blue house that was like kinda creepy?" My 8 year old can write a better sentence.
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I read the majority of this book in one day. It was hard to put down. I think any fan of Motley Crue will enjoy reading the book. I thought it was interesting and at times shocking to hear about Vince Neil's sex life and his dislike of mostly everyone including his bandmates.

There's two sides to every story. In this book, we are only getting his side. Only one band member wrote a section for the book. It makes me wonder why the others wouldn't contribute anything to the book. Other people have refused as well. In other reviews, references are made about the biography The Dirt. If your going to read this book, then it makes sense to get the whole story by reading the other one as well. It would be very interesting to hear other perspectives of how things may have really happened.

Vince Neil does a lot of talking about other peoples' problems, but I'd like to know what his were? All through out the book he never owned up to his shortcomings with the band. As much as I liked the band/Vince Neil growing up, I can't take everything he says as the absolute truth. I have to question the accurateness of his personal accounts within the story. I'm not saying he's a liar, I'm just saying that how one person perceives something is different from how another will preceive something.

I do like how the book is told in a chronological order in his voice. I liked reading the excerpts from people in his life of stories that either confirm or contradict his own. What would have been better was to interview some of the people who he made mean comments about (sharon osbourne and izzy stradlin) just to see what they had to say about him and how they would describe certain instances. Then the book wouldn't have been so one sided.

Regardless, I enjoyed the book because it leaves you with many questions still to be answered.
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