An incisive, thoroughly illustrated chronicle of the career of M÷tley Crne, one of rock music's most provocative and notorious bands, provides an insider's view of rock stardom, capturing the rebellion, sex, insanity, drug abuse, and rollicking fun of it all. Reprint.
Gripping and compulsively readable, Motley Crue's entry in the tell-all autobiographical stakes is a tour de force of a genre that had its genesis in books like S.T.P., Robert Greenfield's memoir of life on the road with the Rolling Stones, and Stephen Davis's classic Led Zeppelin saga HAMMER OF THE GODS. THE DIRT transports us from the band's early days in digs that were slum-like and unhygienic enough to draw attention from the City of Los Angeles health department, to their later, no less seamy Hollywood mansions. Though occasional outside reality injects itself into the story, especially in the heartbreaking episode of singer Vince Neil's daughter's tragic death from cancer, and there's a smattering of rock & roll, the more consistent themes here are drugs and girls (plus a few high performance cars), and the permanently unapologetic attitude with which the band consumes all of the above. The price, of course, is wrecked personal lives, addiction, and death (Vince Neil's method of dealing with killing his passenger in an auto accident is simply to continue drinking), but, with an oddly refreshing lack of morals or moralizing, the Crue carry on partying, sneering at any attempted happy endings.
- Biography + Autobiography
- General, Composers + Musicians
- July 1, 2002
- July 1, 2002
- Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Neil Strauss, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars