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The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

by Nikki Sixx

Simon & Schuster | September 18, 2007 | Hardcover

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is rated 4.7391 out of 5 by 23.
In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Mötley Crüe''s Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself.

When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn''t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn''t do. He spent days -- sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers -- in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki''s journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares those diary entries -- some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre -- and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom -- and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.39 × 6.14 × 1.1 in

Published: September 18, 2007

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743486285

ISBN - 13: 9780743486286

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read. Even for non-Crue fans After listening to the Heroin Diaries Album, I fell in love with the store that the music was telling. While out of town with work, I saw a Chapters and had to stop to buy this book. This book was very good, and actually caused a few sleepless nights becauseI was unable to put it down. Nikki's story is one that can help you find something in yourself and inspire you. I highly recommend this read to everyone.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as 'The Dirt', but not bad A bit repetitive, but the stories and photos are interesting. How he is still alive or doesn't have HIV still amazes me.
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! I've read them all!! Ronnie Woods, Slash, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses.... None of them are this funny, even if Slash's book comes to close second. Funny, sarcastic and sometimes downright nasty!! Even the inside of the book are interesting and artsy.
Date published: 2008-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic read If you are a Motley Crue fan, or just want to see what life is like for someone out of control with a serious drug addiction....you will love this book! I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing Absolutely incredible!!! The journals really allow you into his head, and its the most intense, frightening, out of control thing you could imagine. Definitely worth reading, and I can see myself reading this again many times in the future.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Unreal Story of Addiction I first heard the Heroin Daires Soundtrack and really enjoyed it. I then went out and brought the book, and finished it within two days! It is one of those books that you just can't put down. The story of Nikki Sixx's addiction is captivating, I can't believe he survived what he put himself through. It really makes you realize the other side of addiction and how powerful it is. All i can say is it is a mind tantilizing story of survival and overcoming addiction. Also that it makes the soundtrack that much better. The songs are written perfectly to go with the book. Nikki Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba should be very proud of what they have accomplished!!
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book and the CD that goes with it is great as well. I can't even begin to say how much I loved this book. Had to pace myself so that I would not finish it too quickly. Nikki Sixx is an amazing man, so glad that he survived all of his overdoses. The work that he is doing for the youth of today is incredible. I remember seeing Motley Crue in concert here in Calgary when Nikki was actually writing in the diary that was used for this book. Brought back memories of how good that concert was when they were touring with White Snake. Hopefully Nikki will write a follow up book one day.
Date published: 2008-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I finished this book in 2 days and still cannot believe what a life this guy has had. The book was absolutely amazing, from the first to last page. Definately recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scare your children! Holy crap! This is the craziest 'story' of an addict you will ever read... incredible!... Buy it!.... Read it! I'm going to use this book to scare the sh!t out of any of my future children... lol, I think it's a great way to steer kids from even thinking about touching heroin! Am I right? or am I Right?
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HUGS NOT DRUGS Wow I cant belive Nikki is still alive. A true insight to the life of a junkie.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Enlightening I loved this book. It shows what goes through the mind of someone who is addicted to heroin, and basically anything they can get their hands on. He writes while on the drugs, and lets the other parties in his diaries enter their own opinions. Not being an addict, gives you an understanding of what is so powerful, and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Just Amazing!! This book was suberb, i bought it for my brother but before i wrapped it i couldn't help but read a bit of it and as soon as i did i sat down and read the whole thing. Also i recently bought the soundtrack "Sixx AM" it is dead on with the book. a definate must read.
Date published: 2007-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life is beautiful having read the dirt , tommyland etc. i was not sure what to expect in this book.however this may be the most addicting book i have ever read.one cannot even begin to describe what thjis book is about. it is truly an adventure through the depths of hell and the rise and fall of a rock star.being a die hard crue fan made it even more of an experience but whether your a fan or have no idea who motley crue is, this will be a reading experience you will never forget. to read this book and realize that nikki sixx is still alive is hard to believe but he is.
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How much do I NOT want to do heroin!!?!?!? This was such an interesting read. Such honesty and candor about hardcore drug addiction. It made me want to simultaneously give Nikki a hug and slap him upside his head. This book gives the real behind the scenes of rock and roll in the 80's and boy it's icky!
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My kind of book This is pleasure reading for me. Living through the eyes of the bass player from Motley Crue is my kind of book. His diaries are all about excessive behaviour, super-stardom, and using drugs to run away from childhood demons. The hardest thing to believe about Nikki Sixx is that he's even alive. The book is very funny at times with wild stories of debauchery and destruction, but overall it's a sad account of a bad childhood and a painful addiction to heroin. You'll like this if you liked "Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band" or Anthony Kiedis' "Scar Tissue".
Date published: 2007-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HEROIN DIARIES? WOW! I am only 100 pages into the Heroine Diaries and I cannot seem to put it down. I am even reading at red lights on my way to work. Being a former Coke addict myself, I can totally relate to some of this. Not quite to the extent of Nikki Sixx though. Every time Nikki goes into that bedroom closet, I feel like I crawl in there with him, what a dark place that mush have been. I met Nikki Sixx outside Trev Deely Harley Davidson in Vancouver, he has been an idol of mine ever since I can remember. Next to Queen, The Crue are my fave, I can listen to Hooligan's Holiday over and over. Thanks for sticking around Nikki. Lori
Date published: 2007-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Nikki Sixx, the most under rated musically gifted people in the world, takes us down a to a place of darkness, that some have never came back from. During the height of his Heroin addiction, he would hide in closets, not eat and push away all those that would try to help him ( they were few and far between). I have read "The Dirt" and it was not as personal as this book. Nikki invites you into this thoughts, dreams and asperations. You get to see where the titles and lyrics to Motley Crue's most famous songs came from and what they truly mean. Get this book, If you start you wont be able to put it down. Not only are invited into his world, but once in....... you wont want to leave.
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heroin Diaries The heroin diaries is an interesting book. I mean everyone thinks that the life of a rockstar is so great.. I think at times it could be but over all probably not, these people have all the money in the world and there still unhappy. Nikki Sixx is one crazy individual ( from what i've read ) and I give him credit for publishing his diaries.
Date published: 2007-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rock & Roll Roller Coaster Ride I have never felt closer to a "rock star" in my life, as I did reading this book. No, I am not or was ever a drug addict, but I am human, and I believe this book could be enjoyed by everyone if they took the time to read it. As someone who was a fan of Motley Crue back in the 80's, I never would of thought Nikki was going through the kind of hell he was. I thought back then, that with all the money, fame and women, that he would of been completely happy. Oh, how wrong I was. This books explores his feelings of lonliness, wanting to be loved, and the fear of being alone. Feelings that at one time or another we all go through. Nikki just took these feelings to the extreme because of the addiction. This book made me cry, and laugh out loud. It's raw and honest. Sure, I may of got a little more out of it because I was a fan, and it was fun to read about members of bands that I was also a fan of, but I truly believe that this book will generate with everyone; fans, former addicts, and just regular folk. This book connects and relates to us all.
Date published: 2007-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutly Amazing. Being a hard core Crue fan, and having read "the Dirt", I had to get The Heroine Diaries. I couldnt put it down, and finished it within the day i bought it. Looking into the mind of one of my Rock N Roll idols was stunning. Him still alive today still amazes me, but not as much as you think. As careless as he was with his life, he was still strong willed, and couldnt allow himself to die till he was on top of the world music wise. And in my opinion, he accomplished that. I cant wait to get a hold of his soundtrack for the book. If your a Nikki Sixx fan, I suggest you buy the book, And hold on for the ride.
Date published: 2007-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And He's Still Here To Talk About It All I picked up my copy today and have already finished it. I couldn't put it down. This book makes you wonder how he survived it all. Reading this one after "The Dirt" and "Tommyland" fills in a lot of gaps. If you are a Motley Crue Fan or a lover of hard rock this is a must read.
Date published: 2007-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from insightful I was absolutely amazed by this book. I heard it was sick and dimented from some, and truly insightful by others. It was an honest window into the lives of these men from parties to heartache to love etc. I am not saying they are a class act. I am just saying that as an old Crue fan I truly enjoyed looking at all angles of the boys in Motley Crue. Reading the lives from childhood and into adulthood. An excellent read for old back in the day Crue fans.
Date published: 2006-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excerpt Having the priviledge of reading an excerpt from the long awaited book by Nikki Sixx, proves that his story of drug addiction, depression and the hard but glamourous life of 1980s rock will be nothing short of capitvating. It showcases the fact that Nikki is not only a talented musician, but writer, photographer, husband and father as well. Pick this book up, or Pre-Order as soon as you can.
Date published: 2005-11-11

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The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

by Nikki Sixx

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.39 × 6.14 × 1.1 in

Published: September 18, 2007

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743486285

ISBN - 13: 9780743486286

About the Book

Set against the frenzied world of heavy metal superstardom, the cofounder of Motley Crue offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at his own descent into drug addiction.

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Van Nuys, 7:30 p.m. Merry Christmas. Well, that''s what people say at Christmas, right? Except normally they have somebody to say it to. They have their friends and family all around them. They haven''t been crouched naked under a Christmas tree with a needle in their arm like an insane person in a mansion in Van Nuys. They''re not out of their minds and writing in a diary and they''re not watching their holiday spirit coagulating in a spoon. I didn''t speak to a single person today...I thought of calling Bob Timmons, but why should I ruin his Christmas? I guess I''ve decided to start another diary this time for a few different reasons... 1. I have no friends left. 2. So I can read back and remember what I did the day before. 3. So if I die, at least I leave a paper trail of my life (nice lil suicide note). Merry Christmas...it''s just you and me, diary. Welcome to my life. BOB TIMMONS: By Christmas 1986, Nikki had been addicted to heroin and cocaine for at least a year, possibly longer. As a drug counselor, I first met Nikki when Mötley Crüe''s manager, Doc McGhee, called me in to work with the band''s singer, Vince Neil. Nikki was initially very hostile to me; he tried to get me barred from going backstage or being around them. Nikki and I slowly formed a relationship, and early in 1986 he asked me for help with his own addictions. I advised him to go into a rehab center but he refused and said he didn''t need to. He was very stubborn on that issue. Over the years I have wo
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In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Mötley Crüe''s Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself.

When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn''t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn''t do. He spent days -- sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers -- in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki''s journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares those diary entries -- some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre -- and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom -- and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

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