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Tommyland Hardcover – October 19, 2004
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Every other page is printed weirdly. It's like he wanted you to experience reading this book as though you would if you were drunk or highPublished 6 days ago by Alex Cantle
One of the best books I've ever read. It gives you an amazingly candid look I to the lifestyle of world famous rock stars in the 1989s.Published 1 month ago by Fred
I finally got the chance to start reading this book and the print is HORRIBLE. Half of the pages have the words printed on top of each other, so it looks almost like it is 3-D. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin S.
I really enjoyed this book - here are the pluses and minuses as I see them. Pluses - Along with being a huge Motley Crue and especially Tommy Lee (meow) fan, I'm also a big Pamela... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trista
Sigh. I may be 36 now but am still smitten lol! Love you, Tommy! Seriously though, I thought this was a good read. If I could change anything.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura
I am huge fan of Motley Crue and of Tommy Lee as a drummer. Was disappointed in this. If you know him then you already know that a certain part of his anatomy has been a major part... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathy88