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Tommyland Paperback – 6 Jun 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416502025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416502029
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compelling yet obscene personal treatise, on fame and the insanity of out celebrity-crazed culture." -- "The Washington Post"

About the Author

Tommy Lee was born in Athens, Greece, and moved with his family to California at the age of one. In his musical career he is famous for being the wild drummer of one of the most successful and outrageous bands of the 1980s. A master showman, Lee's antics included performing onstage with a revolving drum kit. Since Mötley Crüe, he has devoted himself to the rap-metal act Methods of Mayhem, on which he collaborated with programming expert Scott Humphrey and rapper TiLo. Lee's last album, a more traditional hard-rock collection, Never a Dull Moment, was released in 2002. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website at www.tommylee.tv.

Anthony Bozza is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Tommyland with Tommy Lee, Slash with Slash, and of course, Too Fat to Fish with Artie Lange. He lives in New York City. Visit AnthonyBozza.net


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Format: Hardcover
A great read. There is a lot more to Tommy Lee than the trash media would have us believe.
The book takes us through his childhood, his love for his parents, his growth as a musician to the formation of Motley Crue. Then it gets really good. If you've read "The Dirt" you'll know some of the stories. The section on Tommy's sex tips is very entertaining.
He then goes on to talk about his relationships, notably, of course with Heather and Pamela. By the end of these chapters you'll hate the paparazzi as much as him.
The sections where he describes his time in jail, the death of the young child in his pool and the death of his father are all very moving.
All in all a very entertaining and thoughtful autobiography from one of the baddest boys in rock history.
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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading tommyland and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Tommy shows he is so much more than the tabloids give him credit for, he made me laugh out loud but parts also moved me to tears. I am very disappointed that there's no more of the book left but you leave it feeling privileged to have gained an insight into such a fascinating life.
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Format: Paperback
This book is an OK read but if your going to buy a book about Tommy Lee I would go for "The Dirt" by Neil Strauss.
Tommyland goes over alot of the same ground as The Dirt does but is not as well written.
There are parts of this book which just seemed so pointless. I wanted to really like this book but unless your a massive Tommy fan buy The Dirt instead which is excellent.
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Format: Paperback
Tommy Lee definitely surprised me with this book. It's a lot more open and honest than the watered-down diaries that most "celebrities" put out these days. Some moments from 'Tommyland' are laugh-out-loud funny, other moments are bring-you-to-tears moving. The book was actually very inspirational, and his list of books that you should read to help you to learn more about yourself is great. Tommy Lee comes across as a really sweet guy who is just trying to put his life back together after a lot of setbacks, and you definitely finish this book hoping that he'll find happiness. There isn't much detail given about his relationships with the other Motley members, but this is probably because he wasn't a member of the band at the time he was writing this. This book shows Tommy's love for a lot of things, but in particular, his love for his kids and his music, and it was a really inspiriational and entertaining read. You should definitely buy this one, you won't regret it!
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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading the book and it's as if iv'e spent an entire evening talking to tommy lee himself.The man is amazing,he answers every question i could ever think of asking him.I could go on telling you about it but theres no point,just buy the book nothing i could write can do it justice.THANKS TOMMY
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My word, this is one hell of an autobiography from, arguably, one of the best drummers in the last 30 years. Since I became a Crue fan, my favorite from the band had always been Tommy Lee cos for me, he IS Motley Crue. Without him, I feel that the band just wouldnt be the same as they are.

This book is a fascinating insight into the world of a drummer in the worlds most notorious band. There is so much to discover (as I have) from this guy. It shows how much love he has for his family and kids and his profession. You also learn about his marriages to a a former Penthouse playmate, Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson but also the tragic moments in his life, such as discovering a dead child in his swimming pool during his son's birthday party and his time in jail.

Most people would think he's a bad boy (thanks to the media!) but when you read the book, you actually realise that deep down, he is as vulnerable as the next person. That anyone else who truly cares for their wife and kids would do exactly the same as he did to protect them (that includes getting in trouble with the police, I know that I would!). And you also learn that not only is he a fantastic drummer, he is a talented musician who can play several instruments (He plays the Piano on the intro to the song Home Sweet Home which has to be my fav track from the Crue ever). Now that was something that I didnt know and surprised me.

A reviewer said that the other Motley Crue book, The Dirt, was better than this book but I have to disagree a little. The Dirt is a great book which focuses on the other band members. But when I read The Dirt, the sections by Tommy Lee were my personal favorites. So this book actually compliments the sections of Tommy Lee in The Dirt (in some ways).
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Format: Hardcover
I read this after I read The Dirt and it took me a few chapters to adjust as the tone and style of the two books are totally different. However, it is a good read and Tommy Lee comes across as being nice, honest and genuine. Touching and amusing,recommended for Tommy fans.
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Even by the standards of rock stars, Tommy Lee has had quite a life. He was still a teenager when he formed Motley Crue, who were the wild men of the 1980's American glam/hair metal rock scene. Given how many bands were living it up around that time, to still be alive twenty years later, much less to still be able to remember enough of your life to write a book, takes some doing.

But it's not just Tommy Lee's professional life that has been wild. He's been married and divorced three times, he's seen a child drown in his swimming pool and he's been a star of a pornographic video filmed on his honeymoon and stolen from him. He's also been imprisoned for domestic violence and violating probation orders and been sued on numerous occasions. But now, after living his life in the tabloids, we finally get to hear about Tommy Lee's life in his own words.

It's certainly an interesting life, if you like this kind of thing. While there are mentions of his home life before he joined Motley Crue, these are really just an aside. The real story begins once he joined Motley Crue and started living his life of loud music, fast women and copious amounts of drugs and sex. If you've ever had a fascination with, or a yearning for, that kind of lifestyle, this is almost a "How To…" guide for living it.

However, the problem is in the way the story is presented. It's certainly very different to anything I've ever read, either fiction or non-fiction. After all, how many books can you think of that open with an imaginary conversation between a man and his penis? How many autobiographies have you read when this man's penis gets to add its own comments at various points in the story? Admittedly, it's something new and unique, but it's just a little bit too weird for my tastes.
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