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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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
on 3 July 2009
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
on 30 June 2008
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
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
on 2 February 2012
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
on 12 December 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. It's a strong message to those out there who may find themselves in a similar situation with regards to addiction, and if this book helps one person, opens one person's eyes to the devastation that they cause, then Nikki's journey could quite possibly have been worth it.

4 Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2009
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
on 8 September 2010
As with The Dirt, this book has some rather shocking anecdotes in it! Nikki Sixx also comes across as a bit of a douche too at times. As the title suggests, the bulk of the book is composed from diary entries from Christmas 1986 to Christmas 1987, which cover the worst period of Sixx's addiction. Various contributions also come from those who were around Sixx at the time, band mates, managers, a (now ex) girlfriend and a few others, this helps to break the book up a bit and provides some context.

In many ways, this isn't the worlds easiest read, the nature of the book makes it feel somewhat voyeuristic at times, yet just like a car crash it's difficult to look away. Overall, however, this is a positive story and it all ends well for Nikki!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 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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on 19 October 2013
Back in the day, Motley Crue were a fantastic band with Nikki Sixx being a genius lyricist. However, after 1988, they became just another MTV band. A pity.
In their heyday, there substance abuse was well documented, so when Nikki was due to bring out this book, I got excited.
However, it was rubbish.
For someone in the grip of heroin addiction to write what he does in his journals is very dubious indeed. The pain and highs of an addict is racked with, coupled by the desire for their next fix is more of a priority than to write his memoirs. If this was a biography written when he's clean and sober, I'd have enjoyed it more.
Nikki has always been accused of 'stretching the truth' for his own means......this is a classic example.
Oh, we ALL know he accidently OD'd, and was resuscitated but he's still dining out on that 'experience'. I'm pretty sure many people OD and are brought back again......Im sure its no big deal to the excellent doctors that perform miracles to 'victims', but Sixx makes out more than once like he's the ONLY person its happened too.
I still think Sixx is a lyrical genius, and can testify he's a nice guy, happy to meet and sign for fans waiting at stage doors (something Mars and Neal NEVER do!), but this book should be taken with a pinch of salt. I'm glad he's still alive, and that his 'wild days' are a younger mans game, but I felt a bit deflated reading this as I held him in such high esteem.
The Heroin Diaries by Sixx AM is far better!
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