The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star Review

artist: Nikki Sixx date: 01/16/2008 category: books

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Nikki Sixx: The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star
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.
 Richness of Content: 8.5
 Style: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9.3
The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star Reviewed by: Amuro Jay, on january 14, 2008
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Richness of Content: Richness of content? Hell, for this kind of content, Nikki should be making more money off this book than his music. There isn't a dull page in this book. It all starts out at Christmas of 1986, and for the 400-something pages of the next full year, he tells the tales of his drug-addicted rockstar lifestyle, spiraling downward deeper into his addictions and deeper into his depressions. When Nikki isn't talking about his childhood past or the Girls Girls Girls tour, it's all shenanigans. This man has taken more drugs than Colombia has to offer. It's really funny when he writes about his drug trips. He thinks there are Mexicans trying to jump the fence around his house and crap like that. Other things he mentions are: destroying the band's limo, nearly burning down a hotel, and Slash pissing in the bed in Nikki's guest room. There's just a lot of stuff to read, it's great. // 9

Style: I love the writing style. It's pretty unique, and as the name implies, it's a diary. Every few entries or so, there's commentaries from not only Nikki but other people involved with his rollercoaster of a life. This gives Sixx the opportunity to explain what exactly was going on at the time, and family and friends get the chance to either talk about how his actions impacted their lives or explain what Nikki can't remember. Every once in a while random lyrics or thoughts are strategically placed throughout the book to add to the overall feel. // 10

Overall Impression: I was never really a Motley Crue fan. I think I've only heard two songs by them. But when The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack review popped up on the front page with rave reviews, I decided to check it out. And after hearing it, I decided to read the book. Simply put: this book is amazing. Not only is the material interesting to read, the book itself looks interesting. It's not like a normal book. It's full of interesting pictures, disturbing illustrations, and the color red. Seriously. It gets a lot of intriguing looks from kids sitting around me in class. You have no idea how many of my friends have started reading this book just because of how it looks. The only downside is sometimes the things that are written in here sound really corny/cliched/manufactured. Overall, though, The Heroin Diaries book is one hell of a ride. // 9

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overall: 8
The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star Reviewed by: RHCP603, on january 16, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Richness of Content: The title pretty much describes exactly the content of this book. It's a year in the life of Nikki Sixx, starting from December 25th, in his heroin house in Van Nuys and follows HIM through the his spiral down into the depths of addiction, eventually coming to his treatment at a methadone clinic, and his touring on the "Girls, Girls, Girls" tour. Some of the entries are surprisingly short; leading the reader to see how fed up Sixx was with everything happening around HIM. The book is not short of interesting moments and insightful comments from the likes of Slash, Lemmy of Motorhead (Who does the Alternative Medical Dictionary), and many of Sixx's friends, including his ex-girlfriend/drug buddy now turned Evangelist. The book contains a lot of pictures and unused lyrics that show you how deeply depressed Nikki Sixx was. The diary is split betweens months as chapters and the separate days. This varies from the journal format though, by having comments after most of the entries to give the reader more info. The book is worth reading if you only read the small unused lyric sections. // 8

Style: It's written in a pretty standard journal fashion that is broken up with small comments and sections of lyrics. The pictures also seem to break up the sometimes overbearing sections of the book (the few that it contains). It's a book that a person sits down to read a few pages and spends hours reading it. The writing style is standard, but still written in a way that you can enjoy it. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall, this is an amazing book. The title explains it all. It's like taking a trip into the mind of a shattered rock star. It's sometimes scary to read how deeply disturbed Nikki Sixx was. This book is worth a read if you want to get deeper into a twisted mind, or only if you're looking for something different. As Nikki Sixx said, "Merry Christmas. Well, that's what people say at Christmas, right? Except normally they have somebody to say it to. They haven't been crouched naked under a Christmas tree with a needle in their arm like an insane person in a mansion in Van Nuys. They're not out of their minds and writing in a diary and they're not watching their holiday spirit coagulating in a spoon." // 9

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