Non-Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss. (2001).

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The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss. (2001).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

Mötley Crüe included band members Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx. The following synopsis is adapted from Goodreads:
“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….All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare”.

I wanted to read this book after watching the Netflix movie ‘The Dirt’ which was based on this biography. The chapters alternate between each member of the band and are written in their own point of views of various events. Their story is entertaining, dirty, horrifying and also unbelievable. I use unbelievable because I genuinely am not sure if all of the things in this book are true; I have no doubt that a lot of it is but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn some is exaggerated or straight out not true. It is a bit concerning that there are incidents described which include rape and domestic violence as well as general abuse to other people; it feels like the band are nonchalant to this because to them it’s part of the ‘lifestyle’. Putting the content aside, the narrative itself is a bit too long in my opinion and also very repetitive in places (there’s only so many times you can describe your wild sex life and drug taking habits). For me, a person born after Mötley Crüe had their time in the spotlight, it was interesting as I’d heard the name but didn’t have much knowledge about them. I’d recommend this book for those that are fans of the band, or have an interest in rock band/ music memoirs.

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