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This is the diary of a heroin addict, a well-known rock star, by the name of Nikki Sixx. The band he wrote the songs for was Motley Crue. One of their albums is called 'The Heroin Diaries'. The book is on Amazon for the sale price of £9.09 instead of £9.99 published byPocket Books (1 Sep 2008).
Confession time - I had not heard of him, but my friend is a fan and gave me the book. I recently picked this book from my shelf thinking it will be a quick and interesting read as I always find diary extracts something that is not time consuming to absorb.
It turns out to be somewhat shameful. I really do not gel with the values of this rock star. I apologise if I offend but the writer is very self-centered. On the other hand this is all part of the effects of drug taking and addiction. The user becomes selfish, and self-absorbed, consequently, it can be no surprise to learn of his self-hatred. He constantly writes about his need for his next fix and in a way it is good that the shame can be overcome by change and through the act of writing.
'The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star - Nikki Sixx' becomes repetitive but graphic and I found myself skim reading and even missing out paragraphs altogether. There are glossy pictures to make up for the poor quality language. It is not a great piece of literature but a spilling out of sad times, with a little humour, and his misdeeds which becomes overly repetitive. It doesn't make any claims to be high brow. This is, of course, about the terrible side of a rock and roll lifestyle, when the star chooses to indulge in activities that should not be excused because of a celebrity status but understood as behaviours which need addressing for the sake of others as well as the individual.
I cringe at the self-exposure but I do hope that the writing, and publication, was a cathartic exercise and allowed Nikki Sixx to alter his behaviour. I feel the editors could have worked with him to create something new from the diary to avoid being just words written in crisis to something more polished. Hopefully, some readers will avoid drugs all together when they realise a whole youth can be destroyed for the sake of the next fix.
Be warned the material can be graphic and whilst this is addictive for some readers I was repulsed. The good news is that Nikki Sixx survived. Also I think there is a possibility that not only he felt better from the publication but those around him must have gained a sense of gladness from his admittance to his actions. Indeed, around the diary extract from his bleakest year of the addiction, band members and friends have written their own thoughts. Some readers may find their eyes opened to the miserable world of drug taking and hopefully, others will avoid drugs as a result. I feel that people who are familiar with his music will really gain from the deeper insight into his lyrics that this book gives. Motley Crue fans will probably like it but I did not. The three stars are there because of the positive act in the publication of this book. See them as stars of hope that someone's life will change for the better as a result of reading. Without the hope it would be two stars from me.
I found this book really interesting to read, I bought it not knowing anything about Motley Crue or Nikki Sixx and had just been reading a few autobiographies so I thought I would give it a go.
The Book s written in the style of a diary and is meant to be actual extracts from Nikki's Diaries while he was at the worst of his Heroin addiction.
You find yourself getting totally sucked into the story and even if you know how his life has turned out you still get really attached to the character in the book and get upset with him in the sad parts and happy in the good parts.
Every time things start going well in the book you find yourself hoping that this will be the recovery point and then you get really upset if things go bad again, therefore this book is definitely a keeper for me as you end up so involved reading it, even if you do end up almost shouting at the book.
There are some bits that are hard to read and there is a lot of darkness in the book so probably not for the faint hatred and not for someone who just wants to read about rock stars parting (although there is a lot of that to).
It basically gives you the darker less glamorous side of sex drugs and rock and roll, I am sure that a lot has been edited out of this book but as far as autobiographies go Nikki definitely lays him self much more bare than most have the guts to do.
A must for all Motley crue fans especially for anyone planning on going to their farewell tour :)
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Ultimate respect for Nikki Sixx, he has exposed his life in the hope that others might gain freedom. This book is not for the faint-hearted or the weak in spirit. An absolutely captivating and truth bearing account of the the brain's behind Motley Crue; what really was going on in there? Sixx's accuracy, honesty and lyrical genious all combine in a heroic and brave account of his journey through heroin - the highs, the lows, the demons, the mental instability, the addiction, the women... and the truth behind the mask. A must read for all fans of Sixx, and anyone battling with heroin. Not only is it a factual diary account, but includes true quotes and input from those around him at the time - their take on the situation. I couldn't put this book down. It is fair to say that the only heroin is Nikki Sixx himself. An awe inspiring book of a journey through hell and back again.
"The Heroin Diaries. a year in the life of a shattered rock star". I have never been that keen on reading but when i found i had a fair bit of free time on my hands, i thought i would look for something to do. As i am absolutely crazy about music, i thought i would look up some information about some bands on the internet. One of the first things i found with so many rock-stars is how they turned to serious drug abuse mid-career. With my massive craze over the album 'The Heroin Diaries' I stumbled upon a wikipedia page about Sixx AM (Nikki Sixx's more rescent band). Reading about the band, I started to notice how mucked up some of their lives were, most of all Nikki Sixx. Reading about his heroin addiction and his life with the Motley Crue i decided to buy his book. This was definately one of the best buys i had made in a LONG time. The book mainly consists of Nikki's dark year in 1987 where his heroin addiction was at its worst. Writing some of the feeds whilst high, this book is in a way scary as you can see the mood swings and hatred he had towards some people. The book also has small quotes from 'partners in crime' (as the book puts it) which are various people that met Nikki throughout the years. It includes entries from Slash, Bob Michaels and Deana Richards (Nikki's mother).Also within the book there are several photos and some incredible artwork that in a way distracted me from reading as it was so fascinating. There are many powerful emotions in this book and it is not recommended for those unable to cope with an intense read. I was unable to put this book down for hours and found it intresting, happy, sad and gripping.