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The Dirt

Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
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Mötley Crüe is one of the most notorious rock bands to ever ravage the earth. Their on-stage antics and backstage scandals are among the wildest in rock folklore. In their outrageous, not-for-the-faint-hearted autobiography The Dirt, the band tells those stories from their own perspective, resulting in a saga that will stay with you like the ringing in your ears after an unforgettable gig. 

Cassandra Campbell and Fred Berman have won a trove of awards for their acclaimed narration and they join Sebastian York, broadcast journalist Roger Wayne and New York Times best-selling author Erin Hunter to form an elite narrative team to take you through the highs and lows of rock stardom.

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Now a Netflix original movie starring Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, Douglas Booth, and Iwan Rheon, directed by Jeff Tremaine.

Celebrate over 30 years of the world's most notorious rock band with the audiobook edition of The Dirt - the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mötley Crüe. 

Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, roller-coaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mötley Crüe books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt

Joe Levy at Rolling Stone calls The Dirt "without a doubt...the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling and utterly revolting."

©2014 Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars (P)2019 HarperAudio

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The Dirt

Not even sure why I bought this book. I've never listened to any of their music, but had heard of the band and Tommy Lee, so thought it might be an interesting listen.

The story from start to finish was absolutely compelling and an incredible insight into the background of the band members and their rock and roll lifestyle. The decadence and drug taking along with other outrageous behaviour makes this such an incredible listen.

I'm pretty open minded about life and I was often shocked by how crazy these guys were.

Hope you enjoy the listen and buckle up for the ride!

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Awesome. Just wow.

Narrated amazingly.
Great stories, funny, brutal, unbelievable and heartbreaking.
9hrs flew by wanting more at the end

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Girls Girls Girls

Gripped from start to finish. Absolute must for any music/Motley lovers collection. Could not rate high enough

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Best,best,best

I loved the book, a great inside story about the livelihoods of the four heroes

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Brilliant loved it

loved it the story was amazing film missed so much. And a lot of the stuff in the film was not true. Brilliant well read if your a big fan then this is a must

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A rocking road through the lives of Motley Crue

An amazing story full of trials, tribulations, mayhem and rock. A glimpse into how crazy both a band and the music industry can be

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Fantastic book!

Narration is awesome. It's good that they telling you at the beginning of each chapter who is narrating (e.g. Neil, Nikki, Tommy or Mick) but given narrators do sounds a lot different, you just know who is narrating based on the voice of each narrator.

What can be said about the story. Just incredible. By listening to it, you just understand why these guys are legends of rock and metal.

Although 80's metal was always my favourite genre, I was never a massive fan of Motley Crew. After listening to this book I learned to like them and it also gave me the opportunity to re-discover their songs. I now headbang over Too Young to Fall in Love, Looks that Kill, Mr. Feelgood, Shout at the Devil and so on.

It definitely worth reading/listening especially if you're into Heavy Metal. This book is part of the history of the music we love and I believe it is a book that each metalhead needs to read/listen to at least once.

My only criticism is that we got just too much of Tommy's "drama" with Pamela Anderson, whereas the part where Neil loses his daughter is much shorter and kind of quickly skimmed through. Maybe after all it shows us that people are more interested about some gossip fake drama that actual human pain; or that Tommy is simply a cry baby and Neil is in fact a much stronger guy than we all thought.

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Really good!

Really enjoyed it. By the end I didn’t really like Tommy or Vince as people :)

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incredible

i don't like their music and i think these guys are idiots. but, this book is brilliant.
it's also very well read.

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Perfect

Unreal front to back amazing best book iv heard it has ups and downs and feels like a roller-coaster but an enjoyable one.

Fully recommend

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  • 27-06-19

1000x more detail than the movie

*The movie was a sample of Crue info so please, do yourself a solid and actually read/listen to the book.
Just a heads up, it is raw and some pretty serious stuff happens in the book. Detailed drug use, admitted rape, death, violence amongst men and women, etc.
I read this book like 10 years ago but I wanted to listen to it as I have issues with reading comprehension and I skip stuff without realizing it. Even if you read it and don't have learning issues like myself, I still recommend it again. While it isn't their voices on the book, they did a pretty good job picking good narrators.

The reader did a good job in the Skylar chapter and Tommy's narrator did really well with Tommy's jail chapter. They were able to channel the guys pretty well.

If you are a Crue fan or even if not, it is a really good book. My only qualm is that there isn't much Mick in it. But Mick is a quite guy so I am not surprised that there isn't a ton.
All in all, I love it and glad I got the audiobook

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-19

Crazy and Disturbing.

I have been listening to Motley Crue since they came out in the late 80s and have seen them three times in concert. I watched the movie on Netflix and couldn't wait to listen to the book. The book gave an interesting insite into their childhood and adult lives as well as that of the band BUT I have to say that I was disturbed by some of the stories. An unreported rape was mentioned - seriously WTF. And Vince Neil only did 20 days in jail for vehicular manslaughter not to mention the passengers of the other car suffered severe injuries. I'll give them 5 stars for honesty.

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  • Johnene
  • 30-07-19

Couldn't put it down

I really liked the story and the format of the book. It was different, in that the story is told. You hear each band members point of view and recollection of various memories.
Narrators were great, you could tell there were four different voices but they did sound very similar. I kept looking at the chapter name to see whose point of view I was listening to. If I had my wish, I'd choose more distinct voices.
I've never seen the show and not a big Motley Crüe fan BUT I really enjoyed this book and finished it in 3 days. It was hard to put down/away.
Now I'm going to watch the show and probably hate it...haha

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  • Beth Wilbourn
  • 23-07-19

Excellent

At first I have to admit I wish it would have been narrated by the band themselves but the chosen narrators did an excellent job! I will definitely be listening again!!

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  • Mark Ashcraft
  • 05-07-19

Badass!

Movie and book are awesome! Crue head Forever! I love how they held nothing back. Way more detailed in book than movie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-19

What a badass story of truth, rebellion, & LOVE

I absolutely loved this fucking book. I grew up head over heels in love with this band. I never cared about the bad shit the media reported bc I chose to love them unconditionally for who they were. My life story is not much difference then theirs except I am a chic and I had a big part of all 4 of them rolled into 1 life. I thank all for of you for your brutal honesty of what your life was like and each one of you grew in spite of and still remain to be you and do what you love to do. Kudos to all of you. And I really hope you guys make it to St. Louis on your 2020 tour bc if u do I will be the middle age rocker chic with her rocker looking old man rubbing her ass up on him dancing the entire show singing louder than any one else and taking him home banging until the sun comes like with crazy Motley fantasies in my head and knowing I just watched the best rock n roll band in history again for the umpteenth time.

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  • Iván Mars
  • 03-09-19

Better than the movie

The movie is way too short to tell the real history about the most infamous band in the world. And to hearing the voice make a lot better than reading.

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  • NIKKI ANN STEVENS
  • 09-03-20

True and raw tell all

Excellent story of true and very raw truth about one of the best bands of all time! Thank you for your honesty and opening up to share what life was like for us who could never imagine.

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  • Catalyst
  • 20-02-20

Entertaining but...

The book is entertaining but so much of it is crap. These scrawny punks wish they were as tough as they claim in their stories. I was around LA often during many of the events they speak of and these "tuff guy badass" fights they brag about never went down the way their story says. These dudes acted tough but got their asses kicked often by dudes that were and are still a million times tougher. The more I hear from Nikki Sixx the more I realize he is a legend in his own mind. The books good as a work of heavily embellished fiction

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  • Eric Pacheco
  • 25-01-20

Everything you didn’t get from the movie

Loved this band since jr high
Admired the truth and brutality behind a real band of rock stars. Some things shameful and many things to admire. Sixx, Mick ,Tommy & Vince share the trials and tribulations of fame, debauchery & loss. Exciting and heartbreaking.
Very worth your time. Fuckn loved it!!!

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