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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx Hardcover – April 12, 2011

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx
is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx's experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx's being.

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx, is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times Bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx's experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx's being.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062061879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062061874
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Bottom line, this book is amazing! It's part photo chronicle and part journal, and will be accompanied by the release of an original soundtrack from SIXX AM in May. If you like Nikki, you'll love this book. The stories and pictures capture all of his creative qualities: his love, rage, optimism, darkness, and determinism. It basically covers his life from the struggles of his youth to the success of Motley Crue, to his OD on heroin, through his struggles with sobriety, and to his love of music and photography. Nikki said he wants to "take you on the journey" he is on, and he succeeds. Raw and powerful, fascinating and intriguing are words that come to mind when turning the pages. The image quality is exceptional, and they are both beautiful and scary. They successfully tell the story of a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending. Nikki incorporates stories behind the pictures and includes interviews with his subjects so you can see "what life is like for those whom society has labeled as freaks." This includes a woman who can't grow, a man over seven feel tall, and a naked obese woman. All in all, this book makes you react, which is what I think Nikki had in mind when he created it. Highly recommended!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
In this, his second book, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist NIKKI SIXX aims "to show people life through different-colored lenses," and that he certainly does by way of photographing "the oddities in life." In fact, nearly 150 photographs of amputees, midgets, drug addicts, prostitutes, the obese, the disfigured, the homeless, and the generally decrepit - all shot by Sixx - are featured in this lavish 220 page book. Ultimately, this is Sixx's "struggle to make people see that different isn't always bad." The accompanying text is comprised of personal life lessons, journal entries and musings on sobriety, creativity and music. Refusing to hold anything back, Nikki questions how Mötley "went from being best friends... to not really knowing one another." In fact he states, "The only thing bigger than my love for this band is the heartbreak it can bring me." Further revelatory details include Sixx's daily transcendental meditation, his belief that "your ego is not your amigo" and that "pain is a gift. It's an opportunity to make things better." A therapeutic process, Nikki is adamant that "this book has uncorked me in places I didn't know were stuck." Arguably the most profound statement contained within This Is Gonna Hurt reads as follows: "Don't waste your death on a half-assed life."
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Sixx has done it again with this journey into the mind of an Eccentric & Captivating Artist! Through his honest, often painful recounts of some of his most devastating, yet later healing, life experiences - He gives us more than a peek into the Depths of his Soul and includes some of the things (other than drugs/alcohol) that helped him through some of his worst times. (Music, Transcendental Meditation, Books & Photography.)

The photographs in this book are a truly Unique expression of this inner turmoil & healing process. Through the nameplates of many of these dark (and to some - quite disturbing) pieces of photographic Art, we get a rare glimpse into the Soul of a man who truly believes that Beauty can be found in EVERYTHING if you just take the time to look deep enough.

I can't praise this man enough for putting himself out there so openly in trying to get such a profound message across: ACCEPTANCE & APPRECIATION for every life experience, no matter how scary or unsettling at the time... there is Beauty in ALL of it.

Namaste, Sixx! I Love Your Soul!
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Format: Hardcover
I love Nikki Sixx. He is such a talented writer, lyricist, and photographer. I am drawn to his honesty. Having said that, I was not impressed with this book. I thought he would give us insight to the lives of his subjects. He does not tell us about the subjects that were included in the documentaries regarding this book. He didn't make any profound statements that invoke the title "This is Gonna Hurt."

It is basically his views on life. I like his views and respect his opinion, but I did not feel there was enough photography included in this book. I also thought the diary type entries did not make any contribution to the book. I think the book should have been titled "A Day in the Life of Nikki Sixx at age 50." I wouldn't have been so disappointed if that were the case.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Seemingly seeking to continue the majesty of his sublime and profound "Heroin Diaries," Motley Crue founder and bassist Nikki Sixx pens this rather oblique narrative, with very dark and oftentimes disturbing photographs, to accompany his bands (Sixx AM) similarly named soundtrack.

My belief though after reading this is that for an overall appreciation of this work, the prospective reader simply MUST be a fan of Motley Crue, Sixx AM or of Nikki himself. There is no way, in my opinion, in which this book appeals to a wider, more diverse readership. It is so centralized on his post sobriety that anyone not familiar with the entire story gleans very little other than a really bizarre visceral experience.

Nikki starts the narrative with a bridge from The Heroin Diaries into his post-sober realization of photographic passion. But while meandering through these philosophical musings, he manages to present an often surprising life-view that actually transcends the photography, all the while giving us a true insight to his current psyche. To me, any anarchic youth who would deem to read this could get true meaning from these digressions...here is a guy who's actually lived the worst of any rebellious youth existence and survived to describe it. It is these perhaps unanticipated digressions that really make this book work.

Toward the end, and clearly looking for filler material, we get the details of Nikki's rather aesthetic and short-lived romance with LA Ink's Kat Von D. In a breakup almost predictable from the start, Sixx nevertheless delivers eloquent and heartfelt tribulations while attempting to manage a Crue tour. Again, much of this shows a depth of character unseen in Diaries while also being surprisingly moving.
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