The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

Motley Crue

What comes to mind when you think of Motley Crue? Eighties hair metal anthems that were only slightly better than those by Poison or Warrant? Or their reputation as one of the wildest rock bands ever?

If the second answer is a better description of Motley Crue for you, then you have The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band to thank for it. This is the tell-all semi-autobiography of a band that somehow seems to live on in popularity, despite being generally mediocre and overshadowed by many other bands of their generation.

With the help of an editor/writer, the book is written by the band members themselves, switching perspectives between the four of them, although bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx gets the most time.

You will hear all about Sixx’s heroin addiction, guitarist Mick Mars’ chronic back problems, how singer Vince Neil killed another hair metal musician in a car accident, and way too much about drummer Tommy Lee’s Baywatch/Playboy relationships. The band members don’t exactly come across as likeable, but they certainly are interesting.

I was in middle school when Dr. Feelgood came out. At the time I wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to it. They weren’t nearly heavy enough for me at 12 years old – I much preferred Metallica, Iron Maiden, the Misfits, or Black Sabbath.

But I read The Dirt when it came out long after Dr. Feelgood came and went. Anyone who wasn’t a fan had already forgotten about Motley Crue. I enjoyed the book a lot and, yes, it even made me appreciate the band a little more. They aren’t Mozart, but decent rockin’ strip club music.

If you have the slightest interest at all in Motley Crue or rock and roll debauchery, then don’t miss The Dirt.