Motley Crue - The Dirt
This book chronicles the career of the Crue starting from their early days all the way up through now. It's written from the perspectives of each of the guys themselves, so frequently you'll get multiple takes on the same events, which makes for interesting reading. You also get chapters from ex-managers, ex-band members (John Corabi was included and his perspective on taking Vince Neil's place is a pretty cool read), current managers, etc. Basically, these guys are very lucky to be alive. Nikki and Tommy tend to dominate a lot of the book, but in my opinion the most interesting stuff comes from Mick Mars. Mick is at least 10 years older than the other guys although I'm thinking it's closer to 20 (he never actually states his age). He never got into the drugs or extracurricular activities the way the other guys did. Mick was stricken with a rare genetic bone disease when he was 19, that causes the bones of his spine and body to fuse together. He is in constant pain and has been for many years. I know I used to rag on the guy for not being a real good player, but I have a new appreciation for him because of his attitude and the fact that he was able to make it in the business despite being too old, and overcoming a debilitating illness. He also writes and arranges a lot of the riffs, even though Sixx has always taken credit for being their primary writer. This is worth a read. You won't really glean much musical value from it, but it will give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes in the music business.
I just finished reading the Motley Crue biography entitled The Dirt. I've never been a big Crue fan (I liked them for about a year or two after Shout at the Devil was released) and I thought everything after that was pretty horrible pop-rock that was no better than Poison, Warrant, etc. But it's a really interesting book. The Crue were disgusting heroin-addict alcoholics even before the Too Fast for Love record was released. No punches are pulled, names are named (for example, Vince Neil vomited on Kelsey Grammer and took pain pills from the Joe Isuzu guy), and ex-wives took them for all they had. Motley Crue are a bunch of dysfunctional drug-addicts; their early childhoods were horrible and they never really recognized until their late 30s why they acted so recklessly. Part of me thinks they're disgusting drug-addled pigs; but another part of me wonders if their lives and disfunction are more of the norm in America. The book is written by the band with assistance from Neil Strauss (who also helped out Marilyn Manson on his book, which by the way, is also a good read). Nikki Sixx usually has the most outrageous tales; sometimes I wonder if he's bullshitting or exaggerating a bit. The book gives an interesting behind the scenes look into the music industry, and the strong roles that managers (i.e. drug dealers) and record execs (i.e. you will fire people if I tell you to) play in the life of a band. If anything, the book is a solid reminder that rock stars have the same faults (even more) than us little people.
Get it here.