Dirty Diaries: The Motley Crue Literary Canon
Anyone who knows this member of Rocks Off will know that he owns most every book written about Motely Crue, or written by a member of Motley Crue. Yes, next to Howard Zinns's A People's History of the United States and a well-worn copy of American Psycho, sits the collected literary works of Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee. We are still waiting for a Mick Mars book.
Motley pulls into Houston tomorrow night at the Toyota Center with Poison and the New York Dolls. Crue and Poison wouldn't have existed without the Dolls, who are now down to only two original members. Show up early to get a history lesson.
We've probably read The Dirt, their memoir written with Neil Strauss, at least four times, with the tales of hard-scrabble scumbag druggie life thrilling us and making us chuckle each time around. On their own though, the band, now in its 30th year of action, shows signs of heartbreak and pain.
Sixx's work is full of struggles with drug use, including a year in love with heroin and death; Lee writes about his legal troubles and torrid romance with ex-wife Pamela Anderson; Neil is cocky and self-assured, but his stories about watching his daughter Skylar slowly die from a rare form of cancer will bring you to tears.
It was from reading all of their books, at least twice, did we find a soul in all the mayhem and strife. They all came from varying backgrounds, some harder to overcome than others, but in the end you find that no matter how rough their relationships with the world and each other, than love playing music together and for their fans. Once you read their books, you will be shocked that are alive. Sixx should have rightfully died in 1987.
Obviously one of the best rock and roll books ever written, and with Strauss' help the band finds peace in the end. It's the stories of debauchery on the road and gigging in L.A. that will keep you coming back for repeated readings. And yes, Ozzy Osbourne smears his own feces on Lee's hotel room walls. (If you are reading this blog, Crue dudes, we are ready at any time to help write the film script for The Dirt.)
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It gets bogged down by Neil selling himself and his various business ventures, but you get a more rounded and fleshed-out look into the car crash that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer "Razzle" Dingley. Neil's many marriages and drunken expolits get prime real estate in the latter half of the book.
He also goes into more detail about Skylar's cancer nightmare and the toll it took on his life, which will tug at your heartstrings. Here's a guy who can snap his fingers and get most any woman he wants in his lap, but he can't help the one girl in life who matters most to him.