The Dirt by Tommy Lee

The Dirt

Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from Califor...


Details The Dirt

TitleThe Dirt
ISBN9780060989156
Author
Release DateJul 9th, 2002
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages431 pages
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews The Dirt

  • Ana
    2012-10-29
    This is the best thing ever.
  • Paul Hathaway
    2008-02-15
    11am. Woke up. Vomited. Started reading this book.4pm. Neck started hurting. Took huge amounts of cocaine, bottle of Alleve, 5th of Jack, decided reading in bed wasn't the best thing for my posture.4:15pm. Went crazy, destroyed hotel room, terrified groupies in varying stages of dress, played rock show.6pm. Was woken up, informed previous rock show was in head by manager, told had to go to real rock show later. Read more book.8pm. Arrived @ show....
  • evelyn
    2008-06-09
    i remember when i was 13 or so and i finally realized that all of the r.l. stine books i'd been reading were pretty trashy and devoid of any literary merit. i felt a little silly for devouring something like 100 fear street books. i didn't feel too bad about it, though. i mean, i was reading, and it wasn't like i ONLY read fear street books. i read good stuff too.this book is like that, only now i'm 25, and this book is friggin DIRTY. i kind of f...
  • Lilly
    2007-03-19
    There's a scene in Gilmore Girls where Lorelei stays home one night because she can't put this book down. I can fully understand why now.I loved this book. We read books to escape, and this book had me leave my world and be a cliche rock star in the hair metal 80s. It's not about liking hair metal, and it's not about liking rock, and it's not even about Motley Crue (who I knew nothing about at the start of this adventure). It's about what drives ...
  • Michelle Morrell
    2016-06-07
    Holy crap. Were the stories of rock and roll decadence entertaining? Absolutely! All the insider reports were delightful even. But I still came away feeling sad, sad that music and the non-stop consumption of drugs, alcohol, women and stuff seemed to be the only way these men could fill the gaping holes in themselves. Sad at the wreckage they left behind wherever they went. Sad that they seemed to be flailing for meaning even with all the fame an...
  • East Bay J
    2007-09-26
    I’m not a huge Crue fan. Their first two LPs spent a fair amount of time on my teenage turntable but, by the time Theater Of Pain pranced and prissed its way into release, I had lost interest. I do like some Crue songs enough to get stoked when I hear them, even later compositions like “All In The Name Of…”, “Kickstart My Heart” or “Wild Side”. Their ballads stand out of the 80’s hair metal miasma as being of a certain quality. ...
  • Mariℓina
    2015-08-07
    A train wreck happening right in front your eyes, both horrid and spectacular.I am not a fan of Motley Crue but The Dirt is one of the best books on the rock memoirs genre, so i had to read it. Indeed, it's brilliant and no matter how you feel about the group, their antics or their music, you will end up loving their journey to stardom.Filthy, almost gory at some points, insanely sad and painful at others, the only word that comes to mind in the ...
  • Tripp
    2008-02-03
    I used to think that I could not be shocked by tales of celebrity shenanigans. Well, I was wrong. After a few recommendations I read The Dirt, the story of Motley Crue. For most of their career, the behavior of these people (Mick Mars excepted) is flat out appalling. As Nikki Sixx notes, if they were not famous they would have been in jail. I'm pretty sure that if you saw any of these people in their heyday, you would hate them immediately.If it ...
  • Beth F.
    2015-06-05
    Mötley Whö? I was more interested in My Little Pony during the band’s heyday and my taste in music has never leaned in this direction, but I love a scandalous train wreck just as much as the next gal and this bio fit the bill. Plus, Pamela Anderson’s breasts were a seriously major topic of conversation at my high school in 1995 and when she married Tommy Lee, a whole bunch of teenagers who’d been too sheltered to care about Mötley Crüe ...
  • Sarah
    2015-07-25
    Let’s be clear. I have zero authority when it comes to reviewing music. Especially heavy metal. The extent of my music knowledge begins and ends with absentmindedly humming along to a 90′s pop radio station while I’m out running errands. About as far away from Mötley Crüe as one can get. And I REALLY don’t know how I went from an obsession with orca and environmentalism to an obsession with a random 80′s heavy metal band in the span o...
  • KW
    2007-09-19
    I ripped through "The Dirt" while suffering from a nasty bout of the flu. Because of its accessibility, its fast pace and its sporadic-yet-easy-to-track narrative (which simply switches between points of view), I finished it in about a day and a half. I will admit to never having been a huge fan of Motley Crue, or hair metal in general. I could take or leave Warrant, Poison, Ratt, et cetera. I originally picked this book up because I had heard t...
  • Sarah Clark
    2009-03-26
    Holy crap, what an unexpectedly awesome book. This book is disgusting and wonderful, which is confusing because it also made me openly weep. Really? Really.*Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx, notoriously known as Motley Crue, tell all in this wild ride through the band's history. Replete with drugs, sex, alcohol, addiction, ratted hair, playmates, hookers, incarceration, death, and plenty of Jack Daniels, no topic is sacred. Decaden...
  • Rebecca
    2009-04-12
    What I learned from this book... let's see... that people are disgusting, that I have deplorable taste in books, that my love for Home Sweet Home is unshakable, that I am conflicted over when it's misogyny and when it's just reciprocal idiotry, and that sometimes people randomly throw up on Kelsey Grammer. Truly awesome.
  • Molly Rawls
    2015-01-23
    Negative 5 stars for their treatment of women. 5 stars for surviving the amount of drugs they did and eventually sobering up. 3 stars for me being a child of the 80s and not being able to turn away from the train wreck.
  • Jay Kristoff
    2011-03-01
    Best tell-all from a rock band I've yet read. No punches pulled, and although you need to question any bio written by gents with egos this size, it's still a cracking read. Well worth the time, even if you don't dig on the tunes.
  • James Hartley
    2017-02-28
    This is a really great book, a classic of the genre. Its as visceral as Miles Davis autobiography, another I love, and trashes weak aging rock star Christmas book fare like cheap hotel rooms. It is not an attempt to explain the typically awful behaviour of rock musicians, only to document it, to say what its really like and to do it from the inside. In this it succeeds and goes platinum. Theres life, death, worldwide success, sex, drugs, money, e...
  • George Bradford
    2014-01-31
    I've never owned a Mötley Crüe record. I've never seen a Mötley Crüe concert. I've never had any use for Mötley Crüe. Ever.So I was quite surprised to learn (in 2000) they were writing a book with New York Times music critic Neil Strauss. I was a big fan of Strauss and his writing. And the unlikely venture piqued my interest. When I discovered the format of the book involved each member of the band individually telling his version of what h...
  • Susie
    2010-03-16
    it was hard for me to get into at first because: a) i don't know motley crue at all - and had a hard time figuring out who was who since each chapter was told from a different person's perspective and voice. the only knowledge of motley crue i have comes from watching people sing their songs in karaoke. seriously. that's it. b) i think hair metal is kind of boring. ok, i think hair metal is very boring. and every time nikki talked about how he wa...
  • Scott
    2012-11-21
    If you grew up when I grew up (I was a teen during the 1982 - 1990 years) and were part of my crowd (long hair, leather, troublemaker) then Motley Crue was IT. They are the band every guy wanted to be and every girl wanted to be with. So needless to say they had a big influence on my life and I would say that I'm a fan.This is their biography. Each chapter is written by a different bandmember or manager. Takes us from the beginning to the latest ...
  • Andy
    2011-05-06
    It's no coincidence that Motley Crue can be filed between The Monkees and Motorhead. Better looking than Van Halen, better songwriters than Guns 'N Roses. Combining dashingly rugged good looks with the hardest rocking sounds, they took the country by storm in the 1980's. Lots of great pictures with equally funny stories about the band. Lots of showbiz stuff about Tommy's marriages to Heather Locklear and Pam Anderson, too. Time to put on "Doctor ...
  • Emilio José Miras Balaguer
    2014-06-25
    Una de las mejores biografías que he tenido el placer de leer. Aunque el grupo en si no me vuelva loco (me gustan, pero poco más), el libro es muy muy recomendable, tanto como para releermelo de vez en cuando.
  • Miguel Thannhauser
    2015-07-01
    Beste muziekbiografie ooit. Punt.
  • Bey Deckard
    2017-03-17
    From the first chapters that sounded like my first apartment, to the unreliable narrators who constantly contradicted each other, to the surprisingly emotional details, to even the gorgeous formatting of the paperback, this was one incredible read. I was a big Mötley Crüe fan back in highschool but they got eclipsed eventually by bands like Tool and Nine Inch Nails... it was nice to catch up with them again and learn all about their crazy fucki...
  • Satyrblade
    2011-07-30
    Possibly the most entertaining book I've read in my research for a current project, The Dirt follows the most infamous example of '80s hair-metal excess on their long journey through Hell's Hall of Fame. Told through chapters by the five band members (Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, classic vocalist Vince Neil, and his temporary replacement John Corabi), plus a handful of interviews with producers, ex-managers, and the head of the band's former...
  • Hayden
    2011-04-24
    This was easily one of the best page turners I've ever read. The Dirt goes in depth, for a no holds barred look into one of the most decadent rock bands ever. Before reading this, I sort of dismissed Motley Crue; I liked a few of their songs, but overall thought they were nothing special. But reading this has shed a new light, I now appreciate every album they've done, and have recently found myself blaring Kickstart My Heart or Dr. Feelgood over...
  • Sbell
    2016-03-03
    I LOVE ALL THINGS TOMMY LEE!!I absorbed every scene in this book.What a wild ride!!!!!
  • Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
    2016-10-05
    Този тип книги се оценява емоционално. Тук не става дума за художественост. Рок-биографиите/автобиографиите са свидетелски описания на една епоха, също като дневниците на оцелелите от Холокоста (само че първите, естествено, са много по-забавни). К...
  • Rae
    2016-03-09
    This is definitely the best auto-biography I have ever read. The fact that they manage to tell the story of not just the band but the individual members all within the same book is incredible. Having each chapter written from the perspective of a different band member (as well as managers, etc.) gives you all different viewpoints withing the band, allowing you to really get a feel for the inner workings of Motley Crue. I also love that you don't ...
  • Schuyler
    2012-01-23
    As a non-fan of Motley Crue (I mean a complete and total non-fan; I didn't care for them during they're heyday), I came to this book for the well-advertised decadence and debauchery. While the bandmembers' nefarious escapades (as well as Strauss's clever, 18th-c. picaresque chapter frames) sustained me for a while, I eventually grew tired of spending time with the Crue. However, the book did have the interesting effect of simultaneously raising a...
  • Chuck
    2014-07-17
    4-starsThis was most certainly an interesting read, but I probably shouldn't have read this--anyone who thinks they like these guys shouldn't read it IMO. No, not because they aren't role models or any such thing as that, but just because they're not that bright (on ANY level). Personal philosophies such as "curly haired people aren't cool" or "Ebola killed the dinosaurs" and "the Titanic was under secret orders to crash." Really? I mean really? ...