Motley Crue – The Dirt (Book Review)

Reviewed: July 2001
Released: 2001, Regan Books
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Pete


One of the more famous and better selling rock autobiographies, Motley Crue’s sordid existence is documented in excruciating detail. Rock studies 101 on what not to do.

Sex, drugs and rock and roll!

Well, maybe not always in that order, but for the past 20 years, Motley Crue have pretty much done it all and (surprisingly) live to tell about it in this new book.’ The Dirt\’ gives us a first hand look into the lives of Nikki, Vince, Tommy and Mick: car crashes, drugs, divorce, sex, more drugs, hit records, alcohol abuse, sold-out tours, more drugs, more sex, and most importantly, the music. It\’s amazing that a band you thought were the coolest most invincible band on earth could be so messed up.

Vince talks about losing his daughter to cancer and his car accident that killed his passenger, Razzle of the band Hanoi Rocks. Nikki discuses his notorious drug overdoses. The reclusive Mick Mars speaks of an incurable bone disease, while Tommy speaks of jail time and his relationships with the hotties of Hollywood (Pamela Anderson, Heather Lockyear). Also included is contributions from former lead vocalist John Corabi and former management Doug Thaler and Doc McGee.

I\’ve been a die-hard Crue fan since I first heard \”Shout At The Devil\” 17 years ago (was it really THAT long ago?) and I was thrilled to hear about this book coming out. Hats off to Neil Strauss for a job well done. I already have a couple of books on the Crue, but this one blows them all away. Why?? Because, as with the Aerosmith book \”Walk This Way\” all the writing is done in the first person, as if Tommy, Vince, Mick or Nikki were speaking to you directly. Hopefully this book will do well and turn some new people onto the Decade of Decadence.

Be strong,
and Shout At The Devil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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