Review: The Dirt

Posted on 01/03/2004 in misc

The Dirt, the history of Motley Crue, is being made into a movie set for release in Spring 2005. It will have to be X rated. The book certainly is.

That said, this is one hell of an entertaining read. Think about the most destructive, debaucherous behavior you can image. Do you have that image in your mind?

You're not even close to what went on during the Crue's heyday.

Several things that stuck with me from the book:

  • These guys really aren't that talented. Nikki Sixx is probably the only one who has a deep reservoir of musical talent. That they got to where they did with marginal talent, while totally doped on just about every substance known to man, is a testament to something. Their drive and desire maybe, I'm not really sure.
  • All 4 of them are very lucky to still be alive.
  • They all got completely screwed over by girlfriends, wives, and divorce attorneys. The message for all future rich and ugly rock stars is that the model/actress/porn star really doesn't give a shit about you. She is after your money.
  • The Tommy Lee - Pamela Anderson soap opera reads very differently from Tommy's perspective. What the press reported was 110% Pamela's side of the story.

The chapter where Vince describes watching his 4 year old daughter die of cancer is painful. I don't care if he was the biggest asshole on the planet. Nobody should have to go through that.

I highly recommend the book. If nothing else, it is the ultimate proof that money and fame can not buy happiness. These guys were miserable all the time.

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