The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is a book co-written by Nikki Sixx, co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter for the band, Mötley Crüe. The Heroin Diaries is a 413-page collection of diary entries written between Christmas 1986 and Christmas 1987. A large portion of the book is dedicated to the recording of Mötley Crüe's, Girls, Girls, Girls. The album and the subsequent Girls Girls Girls tour.
Back in the 1980’s Mötley Crüe was one of the most popular rock bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide . The band was the definition of rock and roll excess, booze, drugs and girls. They embodied all the worst clichés of their rock n roll predecessors.
The Heroin Diaries is Nikki Sixx’s brutally honest, shocking, moving, and inspiring account of his dark struggles with addiction and depression. If you are looking for a light hearted read about one of biggest rock bands, this isn’t it.
I was a big Mötley Crüe fan in my youth and I really believed that Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee were a band of brothers. Four unknowns who conquered the music scene their way. The Heroin Diaries really shows how dysfunctional they were and takes away some the mystique of the band.
The book also showed how the record company and their tour manger really didn’t care about the band's welfare at all. As long as the Crue released an album and toured, most mishaps were swept under the rock so that the tour can go on and make the record executives money.
The Heroin Diaries is a hard read, either out of disbelief or disgust, you can’t put the book down. It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion, you don’t want to look but you can’t help it.
Still, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is a great read. So if you’re Motley Crue or rock and roll fan I highly recommend you read this book