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The Heroin Diaries [Hardcover]

Nicki Sixx
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Book Description

Mar 2007
In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself. When Motley Crue was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days - sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers - in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions. Here, Nikki shares those diary entries - some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre - and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more. Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom - and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st MTV Books/Pocket Books Hardcover Ed edition (Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743486285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743486286
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,352,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it... 3 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When the book arrived I was surprised at the quality of it. It's not your average paperback, it has lovely glossy pages and the illustration and the way it's set out in typed diary form makes it easy to read, which is a bonus as the content is pretty harsh. If you don't know much about drugs when you start to read this, you will by the end. Nikki describes his addictions in lot's of graphic detail, you can actually feel how out of control he is in some parts.
If you're a Motley Crue fan then you 'll love this book!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The bulk of the text is Nikki's actual journal entries taken from a year of a very dark time in his life, with various Motley Crue alumni interjecting with their opinions and viewpoints. It makes for compulsive but often quite uncomfortable reading, not so much because of the casual way he talks you through horrific experiences of hard drug addiction but because of things he did...I mean, I've always thought Nikki Sixx is one of the coolest people in rock/metal/whatever, but really you just find yourself putting the book down at times and thinking "this guy was a complete d*ckhead!"...the modern-day Sixx says as much himself towards the end of the book. He seems to have undergone a dramatic personality change following the events described in this book, thankfully.

It's not unlike reading Frey's "A Million Little Pieces", there's something horribly fascinating about it. I was very glad that there's some kind of redemption at the end of it all - Sixx got married (several times) and has a family that he obviously thinks the world of, and even mended fences with his mother and his long-suffering Crue bandmates.

I think I'll go & check out the Sixx AM soundtrack...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very honest! 19 Jun 2011
I had been looking forward to reading this book for months, and I enjoyed it but there were some things just not right. As a former addict/alcoholic that wrote diaries, the extracts (which are so small) read like they were penned maybe later. If one is in a psychotic state (which he describes very well) and even if one had the ability to write anything (most unusual) the writing would be scrawled, incomprehensible and rambling. None of the extracts are like this. If you want a book that tracks a rock stars antics, you won't be disappointed, but if your looking for honesty, it just doesn't deliver. The other thing I found absolutely annoying was the layout and print. Gaudy blood stained splashes and illustrations and lyrics thrown on top of text, made it very hard to read. I just finished a new book about addiction by an Irish author called Catherine Barry. The book is called 'Charlie and me' and is just so honest and accurate and real I couldn't put it down, unlike this, which pales into significance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 7 Jun 2009
This book gives a great insight into the life of a rock star, and shows in great detail what a mess his life was in. It is an honest account of the highs and lows, without the traditional pomposity found in similar volumes. What makes this book so special is the notes added at the present day by friends, band members, managers and Nikki himself to clarify or explain the diary entries. I recommend purchasing the cd by Sixx AM which goes with the book, and sets some of the more poignant entries to music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, eye opening and worth every penny!!! 20 July 2008
By Affs
When I started reading this book I found it very difficult to put down!! Nikki Sixx has poured his heart and soul into 'the heroin diaries' and its as fascinating as it is witty and in parts very sad.
A lot of close friends and family members have contributed and often shed Nikki in a rather negative light (and some embarassing stories for Slash too!) but he doesnt try to sugarcoat anything and admits to being difficult!
I sent a copy of this book to my friend who has been through similar situations in his life, he's already read it twice and has about 10 people waiting to borrow it!
The layout and artwork of the book is excellent and I'd strongly reccomend you listen to the 'Heroin Diaries Soundtrack' by Sixx AM....Its not very Motley Crue but it's very good, especially the tracks 'Life is Beautiful' and 'Accidents can happen'
Rock and Roll has always been my therapy and now so is this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read 11 Feb 2009
By P.M
The Heroin Diaries is a tragically honest portrayal of Nikki Sixx's life and mind. Though a lot of parts in this book are amusing, you can sense the darkness beneath each event. I couldn't put this book down and will definitely be reading it again. The Heroin Diaries definitely does not disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have my fave book again 19 Jan 2014
I purchased this book when it came out 7/8 years ago and have loved it, lent to someone but can't remember who, damn.
I recommend heroin diaries to any Motley fans and anyone who loves the rock n roll life and wants to see where it can go wrong and also get better( Nikki is still with us). Nikki is a hero of mine as I love his music and is attitude to life, this book shows how badly he was strung out, how his band, family and friends thought of him then(1987), when he went full on with his addiction and od'ed .
Buy this book, read it and be scared away from drugs forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brutal and honest account of a Heroine addict. 12 Dec 2012
BOOK REVIEW: The Heroin Diaries - Nikki Sixx

To say I really liked this book wouldn't be entirely accurate. Although I did really like it, at the same time, I hated it! I found it really hard to read and yet couldn't put the damn thing down! Yeah, total contradiction I know. But what I found so difficult was literally watching a person that has played a pivotal part of my life, destroy himself through class A drugs. Needless to say, this book absolutely broke my heart!

The Heroin Diaries is a real eye-opener for someone like me. I guess I have lived a very sheltered life compared to that of a successful Rock Star, but to see the devastation drugs can cause, not just to the user, but to the people around you is a crushing blow.

There were times in this book I wanted to scream at Nikki for being so damn selfish and self-absorbed and in the next breath, I wanted to hold him in my arms and tell him that he could break free of this hell and become the amazing, talented person he once was before the drugs took over his life.

I don't think it's fair to say that Nikki made the excuses of his past to use drugs. With drugs comes paranoia and it feeds on those insecurities. Being a famous rock star, can, unfortunately, also pull in the wrong kind of crowds. People who say they are your friends, then ply you with pills, cocaine and prostitutes are NOT YOU'RE FRIEND! It just took a long time for Nikki to realise it.

I take my hat off to Nikki. He could have so easily have burnt those pages he found dating back to the late 80's, but instead chose to do something positive with them by turning them into this memoir and although gritty and twisted, in the end it promises hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
I bought this as a gift for my husband, he loved it! In his words "for any fan of Motley Crue, it's a must have"
Published 1 month ago by Julia B Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroin diaries , excellent
I love Mötley Crüe and listened to their music for years. The book is excellent , what a wild and scary life. A must read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Duffy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nikki six diarirs
pretty good read, but i still find ozzy's life story the best. ive read this, lemmy, mustaine even dimebag-yet ozzy, as always, reigns supreme.
Published 3 months ago by MR ROSS A STEVENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki Sixx somehow lived it.
This is interesting and it doesn't matter if you loathe hairbands from the 80s or have never heard of Motley Crue. This isn't a history lesson or a bio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Arrived when expected!
The book was i excellent condition so there are no downsides to this. I hope reading it will be as awesome as the book itself.
Published 4 months ago by Veraa
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you like that kind of thing
Rock and roll man-and then a bit more rock and roll. Didn't sound much fun to be honest. I won't release my next album
Published 5 months ago by Dangermouse
4.0 out of 5 stars V enjoyable
Very well written although the pictures and illustrations are a slight distraction. Harrowing in some parts v funny in others. Defo worth reading
Published 5 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
One of the best autobiographies ever written, i absolutely love this book, it is bigger than the average book and the pages are also glossy, really good quality book.
Published 6 months ago by Neffy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heroin Diaries
Haven't read it yet but I'm sure it will provide many hours of entertainment. The kind of book you can dip in and out of. Some great pics of Nikki
Published 6 months ago by Catherine Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I've admired Nikki Sixx for so long, and reading this really brings an insight to what he went to when he battling addiction..
Definately worth a read.
Published 6 months ago by Victoria
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