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Summary

This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx is all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. It chronicles Sixx's experiences - from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD, and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending - a search that fuels Sixx's being.

©2011 Nikki Sixx (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great book!!!!

As a motley crue fan, it was great to listen to the man himself. Loved it 😀

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  • Graham
  • Rayleigh, United Kingdom
  • 30-08-12

Is this guy still high?

Hated it. I found the book to be about this guys ego. Started ok with the first chapter then went into free fall. To be frank this guy came over as "Mr Know it All" and it was his ego trip. I am not into his music and I would think that if you aren't this book isn't for you.

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Exceptional!

Having read "The Dirt" and then subsequently each of the members of Motley Crue’s autobiographies I found myself reading “The Heroin Diaries” Nikki’s first book delving into the raw open wound that was his past. I was hooked, I couldn't wait to see what would come out of his mouth next. Open, Honest and sometimes harsh in its reality this book is simply brilliant. Nikki writes with frank open honesty (sometimes to the point of having to pick my jaw up from the floor) and his opinion may not be acceptable to everyone but that's ok.... it is, after all his opinion. I've read and listened to this book more times than I can remember and each time I find something else to re-read or rewind to hear again, often finding myself saying “did he really just say that?!” I loved this book and as with the first one find myself excited, sometimes saddened and yet totally inspired by what's contained in its pages. Punctuated with very clever and darkly beautiful photography its one you really cant put down. Well done Nikki... you did it again. A true great!

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  • Yvonne
  • 28-05-11

MUST HAVE!!

I dont care who you are there is something in this book to inspire everyone to live to their full potential and truly enjoy life. Highly recommend this book! Being read by the author makes it that much better sine he was there and the emotional impact of that makes it real for the listener. Get this book!

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  • Bill Messer
  • 28-08-17

Not for everyone

What would have made This Is Gonna Hurt better?

I did not make it very far into this book - it is without doubt an authentic and sometimes entertaining representation of Nikki's life experience, but I stopped listening because Nikki repeatedly comes off as a self-centered and rather insensitive voyeur and exploitationist of people who occupy the underbelly, which just isn't all that, to me at least. When he gets away with his pictures of the German prostitute, catching her at awkward moments that she clearly resents and he kind of revels in her resentment, I was done. Sure great photographers can ruffle their subjects, and when you snatch a cigar from Winston Churchill, or hire a drunk woman to ambush NY society women on the street, that's shit running uphill, which is interesting, reversing the expected social order. So too does treating social outcasts with insight and sensitivity reverse the order. Instead I was left with the impression that Nikki was also shitting on the outcasts, but somehow it was OK because he was an outlaw rockstar who also lived in the gutter. I read several of the reviews that cast a rather different impression, so maybe my perspective would have changed had I "read" on.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-17

Awful

What a prick. This book is a load of crap advice from a man that isn't half as smart or cleaver as he thinks he is.

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  • Darlene
  • 17-06-12

Its Nikki Sixx

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you love Nikki Sixx or even like Motley Crue you have to hear this book. I read the book and then bought the audio book, He makes it so real. His voice is so soothing. The chapter about his sister Lisa makes me cry every time. You can hear the pain in his voice when he talks about her. He is a very proud man, proud of his children and proud of what he has done with his life from the dirt streets and heroin addiction to the man he has become today.

What does Nikki Sixx bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Himself in a raw form

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cry every time I hear the chapter about Lisa

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  • Mario Casillas
  • 27-05-18

The Gift.

Informative read with a daunting theme. "This is Gonna Hurt" places the reader in the midst of a poem overlooking the rigid life of the author.

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  • Lisa
  • 30-04-18

Inspirational!!

As a mother of an addict Nikki's books have taught me a lot. I once thought that I was reading to help my son but from his words found I was helping myself too. I love photography and his is right in my wheel house. I also look at what some feel is ugly and find beauty in it. Maybe you have to face death to see it. All I can say is both books are an inspiration and you will find that life is painful yet beautiful too.

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  • kerri Hackworth
  • 28-12-17

This book...

This audio book was amazing.
I felt this book in my mind, heart, and soul!

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  • D. Lisenbee
  • 27-08-17

Very interesting and intriguing

Quite interesting, enjoyed hearing the stories and found guidance looking from his perspective on life. Will be checking out the art.

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  • Cher M.
  • 20-08-17

Exactly why I named my son after Nikki Sixx!

I always knew Nikki was more than his musical Talent. I didn't know that it was his extreme love for Humanity or ability to be brutally honest whether it made him look good or bad to the public eye however. but this book seems very reason my intuition told me to name my son after him

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  • 22-07-17

Nothing special

Seems like such a hardened poisoned soul with no love to give the world. Waste of time and money. Don't give him your attention by listening.