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Interesting, visually compelling accompaniment to 'This Is Gonna Hurt' Sixx:AM album.
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.