The moment I saw the cover of this book I thought yeah, this will be interesting. I never listened to Motley Crue, neither am I interested one bit in what kind of career they had but I will repeat what another reviewer wrote: even if you don't care about them, buy this book and you won't regret it. First of all, this is one crazy romp that gives you a very good idea about what life was like back in the day when rockers had poodle hair and wore leggings. Secondly, you will be laughing your butt off and reading with your eyebrows permanently raised at how those guys did all those things and survived to tell the story. I may be repeating again what others said but yep, it's that bad and crazy. Also, I absolutely have to mention how beautifully produced this book is. Just looking through it is an experience in itself. It starts with the cover, of course (don't forget to read through the label on the bottle) and then there are the chapter headings, and the amazing photos, and some additional trivia in the form of comments or photocopies of eviction notes and the like, and the whole typesetting deal, like the little ornaments here and there, and even the unusual page numbers. This book has been designed with great care and it's worth buying it to just look at how it was done. But it's an amazingly written story as well, colourful, super interesting, mind-boggling, hilarious, cheeky and simply so great it makes you feel SO happy you discovered it. If you know someone who listened to rock in the 80s and 90s, or just someone who likes music and is interested in its history, buy this book for them too. But don't buy an ebook, buy the proper paper version so you don't miss anything from this fantastic experience. I'd give it six stars if I could.
Always been a crüe fan but never knew hardly anything about their lives just loved their music, and thought Nikki was hot. Wow what a ride these guys have had. This book tells the highs, the lows and the crazy, wild sleezy Times they encountered. Saw the movie first and loved learning about them, but the book is another level. It really delves into the madness that was Mötley Crüe. Every chapter is one of the guys stories of that time. I loved this book and I laughed and cringed and cried reading it. It opens your eyes to the reality of being a rock star. It's not all fame and fortune but they certainly gave rock the sex drugs and rock n roll name it has today.
There's a bit in here where Nikki Sixx describes Motley Crue as 'Rock and Roll's most cretinous band', and it's pretty hard to disagree. All four original members come across as overgrown children with poor impulse control and not too many smarts.
The genius of the account is that Neil Strauss allows the band, and occasional supporting characters, to speak for themselves. Therefore we gradually come to see Tommy's utter childishness, Vince's selfishness, Nikki's nihilism, and Mick Mars's frankly bonkers conspiracy theories through their own words. They frequently try and justify the unjustifiable and explain the senseless. It's fascinating and often hilarious. Towards the end of the book, after tragedy, waning popularity, and personal enmity have encroached on their idyll, I briefly got the impression they might have grown up, and then realised with relief that they hadn't.
There are all the moments of rock and roll excess you'd expect. Doing drugs with Ozzy, chasing Japanese people down the street dressed as Godzilla, having the stewardess on their plane arrange their after-show drink and drug choice on trays in advance of their boarding, and Tommy pursuing Pamela Anderson to Cancun on a whim. The funniest and tenderest moments are actually the plain stupidest. Tommy repeatedly being sent to sleep with ugly women for the band's nefarious ends, the decision to repeatedly set Nikki on fire during their early shows, or the inevitable consequences of trying to exit planes whilst drunk and wearing high heels. They are undoubtedly cretins, but the early days of success sound like an awful lot of fun.
By the end, with the inevitable divorces, rehab, deaths, prison, children, and court cases, it feels like the arc of their story has completed itself. Don't look for a lesson though - there really isn't one - just enjoy the ride.
I bought this on the recommendation of Chris Griffin on Family Guy!! And I'm so glad that I did. Amazing read of a rock band's life and debauched times...and a testament to the body and mind to survive. Just. I like the way that the chapters are written... I can imagine that there is much that has not been included due to numerous reasons, which makes it even more jaw dropping. I'm gonna miss reading it. And no matter how outrageous you think your life has been, there's always someone who can top it...and I think these guys have. Completely.
Having grown up listening to rock/metal, I've always been familiar with the music and myth surrounding Motley Crue and having watched the film, I had to read the book to get the "true" story.
Let's be honest; there is a lot of sex, drugs and personal vitriol in this book so it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea but, at the end of the day, this is the inside story of a hard hitting rock 'n' roll band.
I'm not a fan of biographies/autobiographies but this book offers a different perspective. For one, many of the stories and incidents are reported from more than one perspective, so you don't get a biased viewpoint. Secondly, there are contributions from people outside the band, moving it away from the normal egocentric feel of the celebrity bio which is generally all "woe is me", "why me", "look at what I've achieved" etc.
There are some fascinating tales, a lot of soul searching and a very good insight into one of the most destructive bands in history. Even if you're not a big fan, there's plenty to keep you interested in this book.