The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

Hardcover | May 15, 2001

byTommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx

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Whiskey and porn stars, hot rods and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the staff of rock ’n’ roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD’d again the next day; and Mick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that’s just the beginning. Fueled by every drug they could get their hands on and obscene amounts of alcohol, driven by fury and headed straight for hell, Mötley Crüe raged through two decades, leaving behind a trail of debauched women, trashed hotel rooms, crashed cars, psychotic managers, and broken bones that has left the music industry cringing to this day. All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare in The Dirt.

Here -- directly from Nikki, Vince, Tommy, and Mick -- is the unexpurgated version of the whole glorious, gut-wrenching story. In these pages, published for the first time anywhere, are Tommy Lee’s letters to Pamela Anderson from prison: Mick’s confession to having an incurable disease that is slowly killing him; Vince’s experience burying his own daughter -- and the train wreck that his life became afterward; and Nikki’s anguished struggle to deal with an entire life fueled by anger over his childhood abandonment, his discovery of the family he never knew he had -- and his subsequent loss of them. And all of it accompanied by scores of rare, never-before-published photographs, mug shots, and handwritten lyrics. No one is spared. Not David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Vanity, Aerosmith, Heather Locklear, AC/DC, Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, Pamela Anderson, Guns N’ Roses, Donna D’Errico, RATT, or those two girls from Dallas, Texas.

Make no mistake about it: these guys are geniuses. They invented glam metal and then left it in the dust; sold more than forty million albums from Shout at the Devil to Dr. Feelgood; toured the world dozens of times and have the scars to prove it; and maintained a rabid following in an era of throwaway pop stars. Mötley Crüe has done nothing less than tattoo the psyche of the entire MTV generation. They are the ultimate rock ’n’ roll band. And if you don’t believe it, read The Dirt. You don’t know what decadence is ...

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One of the wilder hard rock bands to come out of the 1980s, Motley Crue has long stood for down and dirty rock. And all the sex, drugs, bad-boy antics that go with it. How Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars survived is a mystery to rival Aerosmith’s return to rosy health. Here, in rollicking book form, is the Crue’s story,...

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Whiskey and porn stars, hot rods and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the staff of rock ’n’ roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloo...

Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game and Rules of the Game. He is also the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers - Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out of Hell - as well as Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home, a L...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1.26 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:HarperCollins Canada LtdLanguage:English

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Date published: 2016-01-23
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Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining as hell This nasty little thing contains some of the most twisted, unbelievable and fun stories and anecdotes of the entertainment industry. Even non-metalheads will have tons of fun with this.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!!! The Dirt was a Great read hearing stories from one set of eyes is cool but when your hearing the same story from multiple views is even better everyone always has views of what happened so then you can piece together what actually happened!!!  Even if your not a fan of Motley Crue, Its still worth a read!!! Long live ROCK!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Ever since I heard Motley Crue for the first time I have been a big fan of their music. When my friend gave me this book as a gift I couldnt put it down! It covers the life of all the Crue from childhood until 2002. There are also over a dozen pages of photos that range from their album photo shoots, to live concert photos. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in Motley Crue or any band like them. You will have an experience of your life!
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than words can explain This book was incredible. Any Motley Crue fan would go nuts over this. Even if you're not a fan, its such a roller coaster of events that you'll find yourself into it.
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Life Of Rock I had heard alot about this book from friends and the media so a friend lent it to me to read. Like all rock and roll bands their beginnings aren't too pleaseant to read about. All the band bends battled with their demons and some even lot a loved one. Fame always has alot of hard work and the rewards sometimes are great but all the sacrifies you have to make sometimes take a toll on the family and friends. I did learn alot about the bands high life and their party life. Certainly this book is a good one to read if you enjoy hard rock bands.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Motley Crue fan or not, it is well worth your time to purchase The Dirt. This book is an in depth tour of the bands rise to fame, and obstacles on the way. There are no better words to describe this novel other than sex, drugs, and rock and roll. You’ll laugh on one page, then completely shutter (with interest) at the debaucheries of their wild lifestyle. I completely felt like I was being spoken too by the band members, or right upfront in the crowd at one of their remarkable performances. You’ll get all “the dirt” on these rebels to society of their time. I’m pretty sure I got goose bumps on more than one occasion while reading. I could not put it down! It’s a lifestyle I could never imagine and you can get a feeling of an up close and personal perspective. Through laughs, and gasps, this book is guaranteed to satisfy the inner wildness in you.!
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story of the most decadent band of rock and roll. Motley Crue is the band that every guy wanted, and the band that all of the women wanted to be with. I'm not sure how these guys are all still alive, but it sure makes a good story. If you are a fan of band biographies, this is a must have for your collection.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deliciously book i've ever read. I wasn't even a big motley fan to begin with but I had heard such great reviews about it so I picked it up. Let me tell you that I could NOT put it down, and finished so fast that I was sad it was over. If you like reading about rock n' roll, partying, sex, drugs, alcohol, and total chaos, this is your book. You will end up becoming a fan, gaurenteed, and for those of you who are huge motley fans, well, get ready to be blown away.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from How come these guys are still alive? It's obvious from the style that the four members of the Crue were interviewed and then the material sorted into chapters. It feels as if the reader is listening to them talk, which gives the material high impact. With all the drugs, women, alcohol, death and bad business decisions, the only aspect missing is learning more about each members' musical contributions. Yes, Nikki does most of the writing, and it's easy to see how he is inspired. But what inspired each song? Mick is an amazing guitarist, but he doesn't really have much to say (unfortunately, that's not unusual). Vince, Tommy and Nikki really steal the show. I am a biased reviewer as I was really into the Crue during the 1980s and now. Overall, it's a fun read and certainly has it's emotional highs and lows. Great insight into how bunch of kids from LA, who should all be jail, made it to the top.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is the best book I have read. I started to read this book and could not put it down
Date published: 2009-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this! Excellent...I could not put it down!
Date published: 2008-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Doesn't matter if you're a Crue fan or not, this story will make you laugh and shudder at all of the crap these guys pulled. Again, can't believe they're not dead or all have HIV from all of the sex and needles. Ugh! Great photos, too.
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind boggling Nikki Sixx asks on the soundtrack to the heroin diaries "how the hell am I still alive ?".... the answer is sheer luck!! The shinanigans of the four members of Motley Crue are described in this book in graphic detail at times & how any of them made it beyond the age of 30 is baffling to me. Hard drugs, alcohol abuse, car wrecks & heart faliure would have seen a regular mortal face up & six foot under, but somehow Mick, Nikki, Tommy & Vince are still pulling off world tours & releasing suberb music. I think the lesson her is don't do as I did, think a while & make the right choices. An absolutely compelling read, graphic at times & riddled with bad language, but for a rock fan a must read!!
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I LOVED THIS BOOK! A++++++
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from '*~ Party like a Rockstar ~*' I'm not a major fan of Motley Crue, but I picked up this book out of curiosity. It's fascinating! Each band member opens up their thoughts, their feelings, and their experiences in an empathetic personal way. "The Dirt" gives you a REAL definition of "Party like a Rockstar". Check it out
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a Motley Crue Fan, but huge fan of this book. I must say I am not a Motley Crue fan, yet this is by far the best Rock -N-Roll book I have ever read. Written by the band themselves, it feels as though you are sitting there with these people as the tell you the stories of their lives. I would recommend this book to anyone, Motley fan or not.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Raunchy, could not put it down ...unbelievable that they survived, it shows what alot of money in the hands of little boys with little self control can achieve, I liked the perspective from all sides it wasn't just one members warped, substance induced version...
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is simply AMAZING...well written and gives you a feeling of being right there in the midst of their craziness! A must read for everyone who likes Motley Crue or wonders what happens backstage, on the bus, or in the minds of the worlds most known rock band!
Date published: 2006-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books i have ever read!!! Wow This book was one of the best books. It was so intresting to read, not only because i was a die hard motley fan 15 years ago.....but it was an indepth look at the rock scene in general. It really opens your eyes to how fast the ups and downs come with fame....something i could never imagine. I would recomend this book to anyone who was around in the 80;s even if you were not a motley fan but just a rock fan in general.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. The dirt is a very well written book that gives people an indepth look in the rock and roll scene. This autobiography is very raw and truthful into what happens when things sprial out of control in a rockers life. when you read this book the subject matter will blow you away because of how well described events are. Allthough Nikki Sixx has flatlined many times, he still remmbers the events like yesterday. Through Heroin and alcohol, women and girls, these men can still prove that they can rock just like when they were 19.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cruehead 4 Life! This a must read for any Rock 'N' Roll fan! Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll reign supreme in this story of survival. From Nikki's overdose, to Mick's crippling disease, to Tommy's ever so public marriages to Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, to Vince's daughters untimely death and the car accident that killed his best friend Razzle. It's amazing how the 4 members of Motley Crue lived through the lies, deception and heartache that often found them at the receiving end of the inside of a bottle or at the end of a syringe. They candidly speak on everything that is Motley Crue. I've read this book several times and will more than likely read it several more times. This is a book that is VERY hard to put down.
Date published: 2006-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet Drugs sex and rock n' roll baby! The best book i have ever read, better than TommyLand (which i loved) and possibly better than the heroin diaries which i have yet to read. You have to read this, even if u hate the Crüe.
Date published: 2005-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It! Unless youre super sensitive to all things that need to be said, than read The Dirt. I grew up listening to 80's music, even though I wasnt alive then. I knew quite a bit about alot of 80's bands, but after reading The Dirt, I understood what people define a rock n roll cliche. For anyone whos interested in anything about rock bands of the 80's, read The Dirt.
Date published: 2005-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Rock autobiography ever read This has to be one of the best, most interesting autobiography, or book for that matter, that i have ever read. You'll find it difficult to put it down once you start reading it and it tells you so much about the crue that you'll be screaming for more. It also tells you so much of the life of rock stars in that era. I definatly recommend this book to any Motley Crue fan or any rock fan for that matter.
Date published: 2005-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of A Teenaged Girl Being only 13, this might sound a bit differant than some other reviews. Reading The Dirt was amazing for me. I didn't know alot about the band until I read it. And reading it taught me alot about alot. From drugs to Rock and Roll. My mother told me that I couldn't do anything in the book. It was a lesson of what not to do. It was refreshing to read something that intense. i stayed up extermely late to read more and more. I never do that. It was that good. I love how they were completely honest about everything that happenned to them. I loved it
Date published: 2005-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! I HATE reading and found this book at home in a box. It looked interesting so I started to read it. After I started, I could not put it down! This book is worth every cent! :)
Date published: 2005-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down... I am a big fan of Metal and was so excited when I got this book as a present. I was full of none stop action, excitment and raw details. It really makes you think of how they are still standing today. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone....
Date published: 2005-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still reading it I bought this book the first week it came out and still find myself reading it from time to time. That to me makes it a classic. I have to get another copy because the page bindings are getting broken. You have to buy this book if you're a Crue fan.
Date published: 2003-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motley Crue-The Dirt I'm not much of a reader, but as soon as I found out that Motley Crue had published a book, I just knew I had to read it. Motley Crue has a reputation of Girls, Drugs, Behavioural issues and tons of sexual escapades. It was this that lured me into reading the book. I must say that I wasn't disappointed at all. This is a must read book. It is in fact one of the best books that I've ever read! It was such an awesome book that I'm hoping that they write a second part to The Dirt . If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be in one of the world's most famous rock bands, then this book is for you.
Date published: 2003-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute must-read! I could not put this book down. Even if you are not a fan of Motley Crue, you will be blown away by the life this band lived and almost lost. This is one amazing story!
Date published: 2001-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Crue Fans This is a must read for every true Motley fan. You get all the dirt right from the very beginning of Motley History. Neil Strauss does an great job of recording the stories and emotions of each member through exilerating and troublesome times. From girls, drugs, wives jail and kids, this book takes you through it all - kicking and screaming!!
Date published: 2001-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoever thought it was possible This is a must read for anyone who is/was a fan of the Crue back in the day they rocked or still is now. Well written and quite personal in areas, makes you wonder how they really did survive through all their mistakes and life's everyday realities.
Date published: 2001-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally it's out! This book is one of the only few that really lives up to the hype and title. From start to finish, you will be disgusted, appalled, mortified...and left with a feeling of amazement that these four people even survived. From the in-band fighting, divorces, drug and drink escapades, Motley Crue has endured what no other rock band has endured. Read about Nikki's anger at his father, Mick's debilitating disease which he kept secret for over 20 years, Vince's grief over his loss of his daughter to cancer, and Tommy's intimate details of his incarceration. Motley Crue has provided Crue and rock fans THE DIRT, which is basically a survival guide for rock n' roll. Lastly, you will have a sense of respect for these individuals that they are even breathing..Motley Crue is the true essence of a decadent band. Plus, THE DIRT allows you to read what other major players surrounding the band had to say. The Dirt is a honest, no holds barred look at a band that should have ceased to exist years ago. I am glad they survived. A MUST READ!!
Date published: 2001-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Released this Tuesday!!! Although it doesn't have the CD as promised, as that's on their new concert DVD, the excerpts that were published in Rolling Stone last month should blow any rock story out of the water. Nevermind Steven Tyler strapping urine to his legs to avoid drug test detection or the shark incident involving Led Zeppelin in Seattle. The Dirt will not wash off. A must have for Crue fans and rock experts.
Date published: 2001-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not out yet people.... Straight from Nikki Sixx's diary on the bands official website a few months back, "The Dirt" will not be out until April 2001. However, the book will include a song called "Nobody Knows What It's Like to Be Lonely", a song they recorded 20 years ago just before they released their "Too Fast For Love" Lp, which helped the band get signed to Elektra Records in 1982.
Date published: 2001-02-04

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One of the wilder hard rock bands to come out of the 1980s, Motley Crue has long stood for down and dirty rock. And all the sex, drugs, bad-boy antics that go with it. How Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars survived is a mystery to rival Aerosmith’s return to rosy health. Here, in rollicking book form, is the Crue’s story, told in their own words with 100 great photos. From Heather Locklear to Pamela Lee, the glitter and the grit is all here for the fans in The Dirt.