HEROIN DIARIES Book Review
Written By: Nikki Sixx, co-author Ian Gittins
Nikki Sixx is the co-founder of Motley Crue, a radio host, fashion designer, musician/song writer and now author. This book (diary if you will) is based on a year in Nikki Sixx's life. The entries are taken at the highlight of his career where Sixx let's us in to his closet with him to share with us his demons from the past.
Now at first I was not too sure what to expect from this book and was a bit worried about my young nieces coming across it. I didn't know if it would educate them in a positive or negative way. To some, material like this is said to be glorifying drug abuse and then to others it opens up a door to the effects and is used as a tool to prevent it. No matter what side you are on this book in itself is a clever piece of work and an interesting insight on what it could be like for rock stars when they are at the top of their career.
I could only imagine what it was like for Nikki to come so close to death on numerous occasions. Granted it was his own fault it still impacts the reader when you are thrown into the story from his point of view. The book details the times between Xmas 1986 to Xmas 1987, during which he was busy working on the release Girls,Girls,Girls, went on tour for the album, dated Vanity who was once associated with Prince and had an affair with his drugs.
I enjoyed the presentation and layout of the book. The journal entries go day by day just like in a regular diary however he has added lyrics, drawings and photographs from those times as well. In a world that continues to pressure those in the spotlight to present themselves in a certain way and constantly follows them around in order to get a glimpse of their lives, this book certainly shows how some may deal with what can turn into a depressive state of mind. Sure not everyone follows in to the same footsteps as Sixx but not everyone lives to be able to tell their story. It is a story for those who are fans of the Crue and those who know what it's like to struggle with addiction.
Sixx has cleaned up since then and is an active speaker on the subject of drug abuse. A percentage of the proceeds of this book have also been donated to charities that deal with this very subject.
Overall, the book is an easy read and could be read from cover to cover in just one sitting. It's 406 glossy pages will not only entertain you it will also take you on a journey in to the life of a drug addicted rock star!