The Heroin Diaries
by Nikki Sixx
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In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself. When Motley Crue was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days -- sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers -- in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions. Here, Nikki shares those diary entries -- some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre -- and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more. Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom -- and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
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The Heroin Diaries: A review
05/02/2011The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star, penned by both Nikki Sixx and Ian Gittins is a brutally honest, impelling non-fiction work that aims to separate fact from fiction in the world of sex, drugs and Nikki Sixx. In clear, concise informal language, a running commentary from a variety of insightful sources (everyone from Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen to Tom Reese, Sixx's maternal grandfather)accompanies the diary entries written by Sixx the year he spiralled out of control. After reading the book numerous times, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in 1980s popular culture and/or music and those who like me, are too young to have been there to witness the hype of the 1980s and wish to investigate for themselves. It is a strong deterrent to anyone considering chasing the dragon and would be a great companion for a recovering addict struggling to keep abreast. Definitely not one for the fainthearted or children, this book is illustrated with photographs of the infamous groupies that followed Motley Crue around and macabre depictions of Sixx's alter-ego 'Sikki'.
Five Stars :)