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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerrang! Magazine 27/10 I've just finsihed reading the book The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx and all I've got to say to whoever will get to read this is READ THIS! The book itself is just like heroin but in a good way - it's so addictive, funny, heartbreaking and the most important thing of all is it shows you the truth about a world most of us dream about. It's not a cute book, it's not something you will talk about with your parents-in-law for example, but it's definitely something you will never forget 'Occasionally incoherent, sometimes bleakly hilarious, The Heroin Diaries is saved by judicious editing and a supporting cast that includes his band, Slash and Tom Zutaut (who suffered the ignominy of having to watch Sixx have sex with his date), as well as notes from Sixx deriding his younger, heroin-addled self' Classic Rock magazine November issue 'The Motley Crue founder tells Sally Beck about his years of heroin addiction, his parenting skills and why Tommy Lee is out of the band' The Chat, London Paper 7/11 '"Vanity" - as in Vanity 6, Sixx's drug buddy and lover during the period he kept his diary, from Christams '86 to his near-fatal December '87 overdose - "asked me to come over to play." Spotting some roses in the corner, Nikki read the card; "Vanity, drop him, take me back, Prince." Writes Nickk, "I am so pissed. She may be fucking insane but she's my girl. If I see that dwarf, I'll kick his ass!" The most entertaining diaries since Andy Warhol's are full of such gems, plus self-analysis ("See, there's Sikki and then there's Nikki"), self-pity ("my childhood was shitty"), humour ("What has 48 legs and 12 teeth? The front row in Alabama") and comic book art" Mojo magazine Dec '07 4 stars '10% shagging prostitutes, 10% I slept with a shotgun, 10% world tours, 1-% oh no! There's blood in my poo! 60% Taking heroin' Me, Me, Me... Inside the Minds of Celebrities, Metro 7/11 'Parents beware, Motley Crue's bassist Nikki Sixx puts his self-destructive streak down to the fact that his childhood sucked. His dad left when he was three and his mum was too busy getting busy to look after him... and BAM - at 29 years old he was overdosing and left for dead in a London dumpster' The London Paper 6/11 'The diary, whilst being entertaining, enlightening and (depressingly) funny, is also brutally honest and sordid and does nothing to glorify drugs and their use' Wales on Sunday 11/11 'Motely Crue's bassist Mikki Sixx wants to tell us about his annus horribilis of 1987 - the year his skin nearly rotted off thanks to heroin, cocaine and serious emotional pain, man. And boy does his tale set a new level of depravity for rock biogs. If Motley Crue's riotous tome The Dirt didn't leave its readers feeling grimy enough, then Sixx's collection of diary scraps, rueful recollections and hideously visceral illustrations most surely will' London Lite 20/11 4 stars 'The Heroin Diaries is a bit of a mess, like Sixx' Celebrity Memoirs of the Year, Daily Telegraph 24/11 'The diary, while being entertaining, enlightening and (depressingly) funny, is also brutally honest and sordid and does nothing to glorify drugs and their use' Press Association syndicated review: Glasgow Evening Times 10/11 'The diary, whilst being entertaining, enlightening and (depressingly) funny, is also brutally honest and sordid and does nothing to glorify drugs and their use' Wales on Sunday 11/11 'Motely Crue's bassist Mikki Sixx wants to tell us about his annus horribilis of 1987 - the year his skin nearly rotted off thanks to heroin, cocaine and serious emotional pain, man. And boy does his tale set a new level of depravity for rock biogs. If Motley Crue's riotous tome The Dirt didn't leave its readers feeling grimy enough, then Sixx's collection of diary scraps, rueful recollections and hideously visceral illustrations most surely will' London Lite 20/11 4 stars 'The Heroin Diaries is a bit of a mess, like Sixx' Celebrity Memoirs of the Year, Daily Telegraph 24/11 'The diary, while being entertaining, enlightening and (depressingly) funny, is also brutally honest and sordid and does nothing to glorify drugs and their use' Press Association syndicated review: Glasgow Evening Times 10/11 Belfast Evening Life 11/11 Southern Daily Echo 17/11 Cambridge Evening News 17/11 Portsmouth News 10/11 Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle 9/11 Blackpool Gazette 17/11 Leicester Mercury 9/11 South Shields Gazette 8/11 Sunderland Echo 8/11 Sutton & Epsom Advertiser Croydon Advertiser Western Mail 'A suitably filthier tale of excess' The Best Music Books of 2007, Metro Life 'The Heroin Diaries is the darker side of the almost cartoonish antics of The Dirt and, although it certainly doesn't win any prizes for its writing ('I have two sides, one is Nikki, and one is Sikki'), it is a slightly more considered read... The literary equivalent of guilty pleasures, as you laugh at people who have stooped so low they're injecting alcohol rather than just pouring it down their throats' Best Music Books of 2007, Metro 5/12 'Sixx's diligent UK-based co-writer Ian Gittins has tracked down many of his victims and co-dependents to solicit their versions of events. The consequence is an unusually balanced and affecting portrait of a man it had never previously seemed possible to view sympathetically. For all Sixx's manifest failings as a human being, he at least has a sense of humour. This is not an accusation anyone will ever be able to level at Old Slowhand. Seasoning robotic rehab-speak with self-justificatory pomposity, Eric Clapton: The Autobiography manages to transform autobiographical gold... into unreadable dross' Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday 16/12 'Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx has stared death in the face so many times he even thought he was a god. How has he survived a lifetime of rock'n'roll excess and debauchery and lived to tell the tale?' Interview - Live Night & Day magazine Mail on Sunday 30/12 'At his drug-addled peak Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx made Pete Doherty look like Aled Jones. This tale of rock'n'roll excess is full of debauched images even we can't show' Loaded, Feb issue

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Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in California in 1958 and grew up in Seattle with his grandmother. He founded Motley Crue in 1981 with his friend Tommy Lee. Today, he is a family man who combines his musical career with work for his charity, Running Wild in the Night.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Heatherington on 19 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire Jones on 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!!
Enjoy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matt Kenway on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Affs on 20 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. N. Hicks on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrseisen on 2 Feb. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not a fan of Motley Crue, but I decided to give this book a go. I was not disappointed. The book is a diary written from Dec 86 to Dec 87 and is interspersed with people talking about events written in the diary from todays (2006) perspective. Contributors range from Motley members to Slash, from management to family members.

The book is obviously a must for Motley Crue and 80's rock fans. But even if you're not into all that, it's a really fascinating insight into the life of a drug addict.

I would recommend this book to anybody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perusing Princesses Blog on 12 Dec. 2012
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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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