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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2011
well i have been waiting so long for this book and im not to sure what to think! (i hate to kinda be sat on the fence sorry)
i loved the photography in the book, but i was just left felling that i hadnt seen anything new (if you follow nikki on twitter, myspace etc you will have seen most of the photos on there!) i just wish there was more of it. i liked his writting in the book alot of it made me think, as its not to different to how my mind works (i dont know if i should admit that haha!). all in all the book was an easy read, and i enjoyed it! i was left wanting to give him a big hug when you get to the parts about his relationship but also like i should be reading that part almost like a voyer. i would recommend this book i enjoyed it and as i have said i enjoyed the photography although i do wish there was more info on the models and what made him make these images etc! i look foward to the next book but you need to push the boundries more!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2011
Ok - first off, this review is based on the Kindle edition of the latest book from the tortured pen of Mr. Nikki Sixx. As the book includes a ton of images from the dirty lens of Sixx himself, you immediately lose some of the impact that is obviously present in the printed version, instead they are relegated to nothing more than business card sized black & white images. However, this is the price you pay for digital versions of books. None the less, the images are still clear and you're not struggling to see what the hell is going on in each shot.

Anyway, this is being touted as a 'rock n' roll self help book', so don't expect lurid tales of sex, drugs & rock n' roll (if you want that, pick up Sixx's other NY Times bestselling book 'The Heroin Diaries' or the Crüe's band autobiography, the most awesome 'The Dirt'), although there is some dirt rubbed into the cracks in this book. To be honest, it was different to what I was expecting, but given time to think about it, Sixx is perfectly positioned to speak about self-help after being in a self proclaimed mental minefield for 20 years. There are nuggets of good information here, but you take out of it whatever you want - he has just put on paper what has tried to do to better himself over recent years. All this interweaved by the aforementioned photography and personal tales of enlightenment.

Sixx does not preach. What he does do is tell you to basically grab life by the throat, live life by your own rules and be inspired. By anything.
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on 16 July 2014
Following Mötley Crüe's biography - 'The Dirt', Mötley Crüe reformed and headed out on the road, although they did not produce much in the way of new music. Instead, Motley Crue's main songwriter, Nikki Sixx, began pursuing other creative interests including revisiting diaries written whilst in the height of his Heroin addition in the 80's, released as the Heroin Diaries in 2007. The material in the diaries inspired Sixx, along with guitarist DJ Ashba, and producer/vocalist James Michael to record an accompaning soundtrack album under the name of Sixx:AM.
Both projects were hugely successful, and when the promotional cycle ended for the book and album, Sixx:AM began looking into the idea of a new album.
The lyrical theme of the album was about finding beauty in things which society may not ordinarily deem attractive or beautiful - explored in the song 'Lies of the Beautiful People' from 'This Is Gonna Hurt' album. This concept inspired Sixx to use his new found passion for photography to create a collection of photographs and musings on this subject - which became the companion book to 'This Is Gonna Hurt'.
Although the Heroin Diaries was an extremely revealing book, detailing the huge impact addiction had on his life, This Is Gonna Hurt can be viewed as more of a creative project, looking at the way society behaves and acts.
The photography itself is very unusual - for previews of some of the type of photography see the cover for the single 'Lies Of The Beautiful People'.
The theme continues visually throughout the book, with Sixx adding thoughts and ideas in a similar journalistic manner as with the Heroin Diaries.
Unlike the Heroin Diaries, this book is inspired by the theme running through the accompanying album, rather than the other way around.
Overall this is an interesting and worthy successor to The Heroin Diaries, although very different. Those that have kept up with Sixx since Mötley Crüe reformed in the early 2000's will probably be aware of what to expect. Those looking to get into Sixx's published output for the first time may be better directed to the Heroin Diaries as a place to start.
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on 19 July 2014
For a rock star, he makes an amazing author! I really enjoyed this book and his first one, as someone who has an addiction-not hard drugs like Nikki or his band mates-but prescription pain killers for a damaged spine and the chronic pain that comes with it. Wanting that relief and the high from the tablets kicking in, as much as its medicinal, it can be recreational too, I joke with my friends of being on one helluva Merry Go Round during the hit and I know when it's worn off too, everything in life gets on my last nerve. After reading this inspirational, amusing, informative book I'm concentrating more on the medicinal side of my use of the painkillers. After everything Nikki's been through, he should still be asking himself "why am I still here?" The answer my friend is, to write about your life to stop other addicts taking things too far, prevention rather than a cure, that's why you're still here! There is life after an addiction, you've proved that more than once, find a purpose that gives something back unless it finds you by accident.
This book is for all Motley Crue fans, addicts of all kinds and survivors of a f***ed up childhood ;)
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on 11 April 2013
I love Nikki and his style, his attitude. He's actually been the inspiration for a character in my own books.

His photography is awe-inspiring, and I love the fact that he has combined some moments from his life and his way of thinking to stand alongside his beautiful, thought-provoking art work. It's like somebody has said: 'This is my world. Come and go as you please, it may help, it may not - I don't care. But here it is, and I make no apologies for it'.

He's so rock'n'roll, and in the sense of what Rock'n'Roll SHOULD be, not just what it is. This should be a favourite among people who are both intelligent but feel outsiderish. I love both just flicking through the pictures as well as taking my time over chapters, because it's like Alice down the Rabbit Hole with someone's head.

Awesome. Worth the investment to help you start up on your own artistic ideas.
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The book itself is a great piece art. The design and provocative photography looks fantastic on display. It caught my eye at the book store. I just had to have it.

As for the actual content. Nikki Sixx always displays a deep and emotional edge of spirit. His attitude and on look to life is very gracious, yet at times very dim. His writings always captivate the balance of good and bad in an emotional sense. Being a famous Rock Star with his infamous back round. He's fought through a lot. And imposed a new display of character, whilst maintaining a few old habits. Above all, this guy is a gentleman. Very talented. And should be on the shelf of any musicians home.
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on 13 January 2015
Having been a huge Crue fan for over 25 years, I've always been on the lookout for any new behind the scenes material, and this gave me what I wanted but oh so very much more. Nikki has never been backward in coming forward, and he truly lays his heart and soul down on these pages, and rather than being another warts and all recount of a dirty rock and roll lifestyle, This is gonna hurt, brings inspiration as well as insight, and works almost like a self help book, except the wise words spoken, are from someone who has seen and done it all, and continues follow his own path, and not from yet another quick fix guru. Thank you Sixx. You rock!
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on 26 February 2013
Nikki Sixx shows further insight into his inspirational and fascinating view on the world. Through images and creative views on life Sixx encourages us to explore our own lives and how we see and perceive every day things. Sixx inspires each of us to challenge our views on beauty, with each of us coming to our own personal conclusions. A truly fascinating and inspirational book that helped me to challenge and change many aspects of my own life.
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on 4 October 2013
I tought this would be more about photographs, that's why I bought it at the first place.
Still, it is a great and iteresting book.
The most interesting part is where Nikki explains how his ideas became to life in his photos.

Photos are good, but not as great as I expected them to be based what I read from somewhere else.

My recommendations anyway, goes more to photograph enthusiasts than a Mötley fans.
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on 9 February 2015
Yea really liked this! As a working fashion photographer im often forgetting what made me begin as a photographer snd Sixx's enthusiasm and almost purity toward the medium was refreshing and inspiring.
Sometimes hard to see if hes being arrogant or humorous or just tongue in cheek but still i enjoyed reading/viewing this.
Actually photography lacks a bit technically but is made up for with how personal it seems to him.
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