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[Book Review] My Crazy Beautiful Life by Kesha

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Title: My Crazy Beautiful Life
Author: Kesha
Publisher: Touchstone
Web Link: here
Date of Release: November 20, 2012
No. of Pages: 192
ISBN: 1476704163
Format: Coffee Table
Category: Non Fiction
Genre: Biography, Memoir, Autobiography, Music

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In less than three years, I’ve gone from being the worst waitress in LA to living out my childhood dreams of singing my songs to people all over the world. Sometimes, it feels as if the last few years have encompassed a few decades. . . . You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage and on the red carpet, or in a music video, but that’s only a part of the story. In these pages, I’m revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It’s not all glamorous and it’s not all pretty, but it’s all real. . . . I want you to come on a whirlwind journey with an all-access pass to My Crazy Beautiful Life.

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I bought this book on Periplus website (bargain bin FTW! Thank you, Ren). Not a huge fan of Ke$ha but I was quite intrigued by her antics.

I read the introduction and I liked it. I postponed my reading as I lost interest in reading (reader’s block?). Seriously, I’ve been trapped in this zone for quite some time. Then I got sick, had bedrest, and I picked it up again. I finished this book in an hour.

This book tells a bit about Kesha’s childhood, how her brother got her into music (they formed a garage band called “Dynamite Cop”), and she tells about her tough school years as she moves a lot. She starts writing music when she was 4 years old.

Kesha was born at a party, getting accepted into Ivy Leagues, but soon dropping out of high school to pursue music career. Moving to Los Angeles from Nashville, she works as a waitress, a telemarketer, a TV extra, etc, just to pay gas.

After 4 years, all her hardwork is paid. She hears “Tik Tok” on the radio and the rest is history.

This book is jam-packed with beautiful quotes, family and stage pictures, journals, and lyric sheets. I got a big picture of Kesha’s life as an artist. If you’re looking for an in-depth memoir, this is not the book for you. But if you want to read a fun and fast-paced book, you can give it a try.

Kesha is suing Dr. Luke (her producer) for alleged sexual assault and emotional abuse (link)

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I know how it feels to be bullied; I know that it can stay with you for a long time.

I wanted to write a massive party anthem that would get the whole world moving.

I never have expectations, because as soon as you expect something, you can be disappointed.

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[Book Review] In The Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai

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Judul: In The Name of Honor (Atas Nama Kehormatan)
Penulis: Mukhtar Mai
Penerbit: Pustaka Alvabet
Terbit: Desember 2009
Tebal: 198 halaman
ISBN: 978-979-3064-78-9
Kategori: Non Fiksi
Genre: Memoir, Culture, Feminism
Beli di: Bukabuku – Harga: Rp. 29,750
Harga: Rp. 23,000
Kalimat pembuka:
PADA MALAM HARI TANGGAL 22 JUNI 2002, KELUARGA kami membuat sebuah keputusan.

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER TELAH DITERJEMAHKAN DALAM 18 BAHASA DI 19 NEGARA

“Mukhtar Mai adalah seorang pahlawan. Dia telah mengalami pemerkosaan dan kebrutalan pengadilan. Atas kejadian itu dia meyakinkan kita akan pentingnya pendidikan—dan harapan. —Nicholas Kristoff, The New York Times

Mukhtar Mai adalah perempuan Muslim berusia 35 tahun yang tinggal di perkampungan kecil di selatan Punjab, Pakistan. Ia termasuk satu dari 100 tokoh paling berpengaruh versi Majalah TIME.

Melalui kisah ini, mudah-mudahan saya dapat membantu orang lain untuk memahami bahwa perubahan harus dilakukan.”—Mukhtar Mai

Untuk pertama kalinya, Mukhtar Mai menuangkan pengalaman pahitnya dalam buku yang sangat menyentuh hati. Sebuah kisah mengenai penderitaan dan kehinaan yang mendalam, juga keberanian dan keyakinan yang besar.

Pada 22 Juni 2002, Mukhtar Mai dijatuhi hukuman oleh Dewan Adat di desanya dengan cara diperkosa. Dia dipegangi oleh empat orang laki-laki, ditelanjangi dan kemudian diperkosa beramai-ramai. Lalu, ia diperintahkan untuk berjalan pulang dalam kondisi setengah telanjang di hadapan 300-an penduduk desa. Dengan cara dipertontonkan dan dipermalukan di depan umum, Mai harus melakukan itu demi ‘membayar’ suatu tindak kejahatan yang tanpa bukti, yang dituduhkan kepada adik laki-lakinya.

Adik laki-laki Mai, Abdul Syakur (12 tahun), dituduh memiliki affair dengan seorang gadis dari kasta yang lebih tinggi. Dewan Adat akhirnya menjatuhkan hukuman kepada Mukhtar Mai dengan cara diperkosa. Menjelang menit-menit pelaksanaan hukumannya, Mukhtar Mai meminta belas kasihan, memohon agar adiknya dibebaskan, dan membaca al-Quran—satu-satunya bacaan yang dihapalnya.

thoughtsSudah cukup lama saya tidak membaca buku non fiksi. Pas nggak sengaja browsing di BukaBuku.com, saya menemukan buku ini dan tertarik untuk memilikinya. Kebetulan tema baca bareng bulan ini mengusung tema perempuan, saya pikir buku ini cocok dengan tema tersebut.

Mukhtar Mai adalah seorang perempuan miskin anak petani dari kasta Gujar yang tinggal di desa Meerwala, Pakistan. Adik laki-lakinya dituduh berzina dengan seorang perempuan yang usianya jauh lebih tua. Sialnya, perempuan itu berasal dari kasta Mastoi, kasta yang lebih tinggi dari kaum Gujar. Orang-orang Mastoi menguasai sebagian besar lahan di desa tersebut dan kerap berlaku sewenang-wenang terhadap kaum Gujar.

Untuk meringankan hukuman adiknya, Mukhtar Mai diutus keluarganya untuk memohon kepada para lelaki Mastoi. Bukannya diberi maaf, Mukhtar Mai diseret ke gudang dan diperkosa beramai-ramai, lalu dilemparkan keluar kandang dalam keadaan setengah telanjang.

Orang normal akan bunuh diri jika mengalami kejadian yang dialami oleh Mukhtar Mai. Karena mukjizat dari Tuhan serta tekad yang kuat, Mukhtar melawan para pemerkosanya dan ia berjuang hingga akhirnya ia mendapat perhatian international.

Pada awalnya, Mukhtar yang buta huruf dikerjai oleh pihak kepolisian. Ia dipaksa menempelkan sidik jari pada lembaran kosong (yang tadinya akan dibuat laporan palsu tentang pengakuan Mukhtar). KArena kebijakan hakim, Mukhtar berkata jujur dan laporannya tersebut berhasil menyeret para pemerkosa dan pihak yang terlibat dalam kejahatan tersebut ke meja hijau. Mukhtar membuka jalan bagi para wanita Pakistan yang sebelumnya diinjak-injak oleh kaum lelaki bejat.

Buku ini membuat saya menahan napas, menangis, dan meringis karena tak tega. Untung saja penulis tidak menceritakan bagian pelecehan seksual secara eksplisit. Jujur saja, saya paling tidak kuat membaca buku tema pemerkosaan. Saya jadi teringat dengan para wanita yang mendapat perlakuan tak adil seperti ini. Banyak kasus pemerkosaan di daerah Timur Tengah yang malah merugikan pihak wanita. Mereka diadili dengan tuduhan perzinahan lalu dihukum mati. Miris saya mendengar kabar seperti ini.

Mukhtar Mai adalah sosok perempuan sederhana yang memiliki ketegaran seperti baja. Saya salut dengan perjuangannya yang membuahkan hasil di luar dugaan. Ia mendapat uang kompensasi dari pemerintah yang kemudaian ia gunakan untuk membangun sekolah di kampungnya. Ia juga dianugerahi penghargaan oleh pemerintah Pakistan. Selain itu, buku memoir ini pertama kali terbit di Prancis. Kasus Mukhtar Mai yang mendapat perhatian international juga membawanya ke markas PBB dan Mukhtar bicara di sana untuk menyuarakan hak wanita. Mukhtar juga dinobatkan sebagai satu dari 100 tokoh paling berpengaruh di dunia.

Tadinya saya ingin memberikan 5 bintang untuk buku ini, sayang terjemahannya terasa agak kaku. Tapi secara keseluruhan, saya sangat menyukai buku ini, apalagi karena endingnya membuat saya tersenyum.

 

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[Book Review] The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a new translation, this definitive edition contains entries about Anne’s burgeoning sexuality and confrontations with her mother that were cut from previous editions. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been a beloved and deeply admired monument to the indestructible nature of the human spirit, read by millions of people and translated into more than fifty-five languages. Doubleday, which published the first English translation of the diary in 1952, now offers a new translation that captures Anne’s youthful spirit and restores the original material omitted by Anne’s father, Otto — approximately thirty percent of the diary. The elder Frank excised details about Anne’s emerging sexuality, and about the often-stormy relations between Anne and her mother. Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation forces, hid in the back of an Amsterdam office building for two years. This is Anne’s record of that time. She was thirteen when the family went into the “Secret Annex,” and in these pages, she grows to be a young woman and proves to be an insightful observer of human nature as well. A timeless story discovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. For young readers and adults, it continues to bring to life this young woman, who for a time survived the worst horrors the modern world had seen — and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.

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The Diary of a Young Girl merupakan salah satu buku tentang Holocaust yang paling terkenal. Sampai sekarang, banyak sekolah yang mewajibkan siswanya untuk membaca karya Anne Frank ini. Bahkan salah satu penerbit yang fokus di buku Young Adult baru saja merilisnya dengan judul berbeda.

Gue belum pernah membaca buku harian Anne Frank ini. Kebetulan gue sedang mood membaca tema Holocaust dan historical (fiction), dan eventnya berbarengan dengan tema baca bareng BBI. Selain itu, tanggal 12 Juni kemarin adalah hari ulang tahun Anne. Momennya sangat tepat untuk membaca buku ini.

The Diary of a Young Girl tidak sengeri The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Mungkin karena Anne menceritakan kesehariannya di Annex, tempat ia dan keluarganya bersembunyi. Anne menggambarkan situasi yang mencekam, namun tidak terlalu seram. Sebelum bersembunyi, Anne masuk ke sekolah khusus untuk kaum Yahudi karena peraturan anti-semitik yang dibuat oleh si kumis nanggung, Hitler. Orang Yahudi diperlakukan seperti orang kulit hitam di Amerika sewaktu diskriminasi rasial masih marak sebelum tahun 1970an. Hitler membenci kaum Yahudi karena mereka dianggap sebagai penyebab kekalahan Jerman pada PD I, krisis ekonomi, dan semua bencana yang terjadi di Jerman. Dan, bodohnya, banyak yang mempercayai omong kosong si Fury berkumis nanggung itu.

Keluarga Frank menempati annex di kantor lama ayah Anne, Otto. Pegawai di kantor tersebut menyembunyikan Anne dan keluarganya, dan menyuplai makanan serta kebutuhan sehari-hari. Mereka tinggal bersama keluarga van Daan juga Mr. Dussel yang sering membuat Anne kesal. Anne menyukai Peter van Daan, namun Otto melarang hubungan mereka.

Selama dua tahun, dimulai saat Anne berulangtahun ke 13 pada tahun 1942, ia mulai menulis diary yang ia beri nama Kitty. Anne mencurahkan segala perasaannya dalam diary tersebut, termasuk betapa ia merasa seperti pengecut saat ia melihat beberapa orang Yahudi yang digiring entah kemana, juga disiksa. Sementara ia dan keluarganya bersembunyi di balik rak buku. Selama dua tahun bersembunyi di annex, tentu membuat penghuninya depresi dan ketakutan. Tapi mereka tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa. Demi keselamatan, mereka harus bersembunyi seperti tikus di gudang.

Ending dari kisah Anne Frank memang menyedihkan. Seseorang melaporkan keberadaan keluarga Frank, hingga mereka semua ditangkap. Otto selamat dan berhasil keluar dari camp. Ia menerima buku harian anaknya, menyortirnya, dan menerbitkannya. Anne Frank bercita-cita ingin menjadi penulis atau jurnalis. Walau ia sudah tiada, mimpinya menjadi kenyataan, bahkan namanya terkenal hingga ke segala penjuru dunia. Namun, hingga saat ini, si pengkhianat yang melaporkan tentang penghuni annex masih menjadi misteri.

Banyak kontroversi yang mengiringi buku ini. Ada yang menyebutkan bahwa diary Anne adalah rekayasa Yahudi. Ada juga yang bilang bahwa tulisan Anne ditulis oleh orang lain. Supaya memiliki efek dramatis, dibuat seolah-olah itu adalah karya anak Yahudi yang meninggal semasa holocaust. Gue baca di salah satu blog, bahwa seseorang bernama Meyer Levin, penulis kebangsaan Amerika, dijanjikan uang sejumlah $50,000 oleh Otto Frank untuk menulis buku dengan memakai nama Anne. Bahkan ada yang menyebutkan bahwa holocaust itu fiktif. Untuk membuktikan keraguan publik, tulisan tangan Anne Frank diteliti. Hasilnya positif, diary itu bukan hoax. Hanya saja Otto memilah-milah tulisan yang layak untuk konsumsi publik. Anne menuliskan di buku hariannya bahwa ia kurang suka dengan ibunya. Tulisan yang menyudutkan ibu dan penghuni annex yang lain tidak diterbitkan. Layaknya naskah yang masuk ke meja editor, tentu semua mengalami proses editing. Begitu juga dengan tulisan Anne Frank.

Kontroversi baru kembali muncul ketika The Diary of a Young Girl – Definitive Edition dirilis. Buku tersebut dibanned oleh beberapa sekolah karena dianggap terlalu raunchy untuk remaja.

Despite the controversies, I enjoyed reading Anne’s honest writings about her innermost feelings toward the situation. Kadang ABG banget, kadang galau, kadang centil, bitter, kadang ia bisa menjadi sangat dewasa. Buku ini salah satu peninggalan sejarah selama PD II dan gue yakin kalau buku ini otentik.
Gue pasti akan menyuruh anak gue baca buku ini, tapi menunggu dia cukup umur dulu. Hopefully one day I can visit Anne Frank museum and the annex where she lived. Satu pelajaran paling berharga yang gue dapat dari buku ini adalah: seburuk apapun situasi yang kita alami, jangan menyerah atau putus asa. Bertahan hidup hingga takdir membawa kita.

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I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

I wish I could ask God to give me another personality, one that doesn’t antagonize everyone.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.

I wish I could come out of the closet.

tidbits* Sebelum diberi judul “the Diary of a Young Girl”, naskah tulisan Anne diberi judul “The Annex”.

* Selain memberi nama Kitty, Anne menjuluki diarynya dengan sebutan Pop, Phien, Jetty, Loutje, etc.

* Anne mengalami depresi selama bersembunyi di Annex. Ia mengkonsumsi valerian untuk mengatasi depresi.

 

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Setelah membaca The Diary of a Young Girl, gue tertarik untuk membaca dua buku berikut:

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Rencananya kisah Anne Frank akan diremake oleh Disney dalam waktu dekat.

Berdasarkan biografi Melissa Muller

Anne Frank The Whole Story Part 1
Anne Frank The Whole Story Part 2
The Diary of Anne Frank 2009 here

Tentang Sengketa Anne Frank di sini

Anne Frank’s film footage here

 

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[Book Review] The Last Living Slut by Roxana Shirazi

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Title: The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage
Author: Roxana Shirazi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 1st, 2010
Number of pages: 336
Format: Ebook
Genre: Non-fiction/Autobiography/Memoir

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The outrageous, yet surprisingly moving, memoir of a girl who fled the Iranian Revolution–and found her salvation in the deliriously sexy life of a rock-‘n’-roll groupie.

Honest, provocative, and vividly written, “The Last Living Slut” is the memoir of Roxana Shirazi, who was raised traditionally in Tehran. After her family spirits her to the West in flight from the Iranian Revolution, Shirazi is led far astray by the sound–and the sex appeal–of rock and roll. Caught between her sexual appetites, passion for music (and musicians), and fear of being a bad seed, Shirazi bares her soul to offer a raw account of her life as an eager-to-please rock groupie. With appearances by members of Guns N’ Roses, MOtley CrUe, Velvet Revolver, and many more, The Last Living Slut is a moving memoir of growing up in the political turbulence of Tehran; an unflinching portrayal of teenage cultural dislocation in London; a backstage romp that makes Pamela Des Barres’s I’m with the Band read like a nun’s diary; and a white-knuckled tale of jilted love and brutal revenge.

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First of all, I agree with the book blurb The Last Living Slut is a moving memoir of growing up in the political turbulence of Tehran; an unflinching portrayal of teenage cultural dislocation in London; a backstage romp that makes Pamela Des Barres’s I’m with the Band read like a nun’s diary. This book is much better than “I’m With The Band. I was struggling to read that book even though it got praises from millions of its readers.

Secondly, groupies are always linked with sluttery and fuckery. A die hard fan would be obsessed with her/his idol but rarely spending time together in a hotel room. Groupies are not always fond of the band’s music, but most likely to sleep with one or all members of a particular band to fulfill their wildest dreams.

Roxana was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family is a traditional. When she was a child, she wore hijab religiously.
But her wildest fantasy began when she saw Axl Rose on TV (probably screaming “Welcome to the Jungle”).
Her sexual adventure just began from that moment.
Poverty and political forced the Shirazis to move to England.
Roxana was adopted by a hippie family and soon adapted the locals’ lifestyle.
She’s living a double life: as an A grader at school and a stripper at the middle eastern club at night.
Her rock star encounters began when she met Stuart Cable, ex drummer of Stereophonics, through a mutual friend.

Roxana was notoriously f*cking members of Avenged Sevenfold, Towers of London, Brides of Destructions, Motley Crue, Guns N’Roses, and so on.

I can’t fathom how a smart girl like her spending time with rockers, living like a porn star (most parts of the book is hardcore, I think, even put 50 Shades of Grey to shame). With her achievements, she could teach at a university and living graciously.

I also couldn’t stand the abortion part. I’m a mother and against abortion. She described the process in details, which put me to tears and disgust.

Overall, it’s a good reading if you want to dig up rock stars and groupies’ life.

If you’ee curious about the author, just google her name and her pics will pop up. Guaranteed to make your eyes popped XD

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[Book Review] This Is Gonna Hurt – Nikki Sixx

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Title: This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx
Author: Nikki Sixx
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
Format: Ebook
Genre: Autobiography/Memoir

This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx’s experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx’s being.

Bottom line, this book is amazingly stunning. Love every page, enjoy every line. Not as raw as The Heroin Diaries. No more wild parties, crazy sex, and all those things rock stars usually do. It’s amazing how Nikki found his true self through death, loss, and pain. He had a painful past, abandoned by both parents, grew up, became a wild child and struggled with personal demons. Life was cruel, but kind at the same time. Nikki said he came to the revelation about music, his relationship with his bandmates, recovery, and grief by Lisa’s death.

Nikki was sober in 1989, continued touring with Mötley Crüe, fell in and out of love. This book is more well-structured than The Heroin Diaries. And, of course, Nikki is maturing during This Is Gonna Hurt.

Nikki admits that he has the indication to get addicted to things. He replaced drugs with music, photography and writing, which are addicting according to Nikki.

Th pictures are beautiful. Nikki said he could see the beauty in people who are considered ugly. He was judged by a mother in Prague because of his looks.

This book is stunning. The words were beautifully crafted and there are so many beautiful quotes that touch my heart. It’s not just a celebrity memoir, it’s a collection of deep thoughts of a former junkie who happens to be a rock legend.

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[Book Review] The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band

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Title: Motley Crue: The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band
Authors: Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Neil Strauss
Published: 2001
Pages: 431
Genre: Autobiography
Bought at: bookdepository.com

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 California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD’d again the next day; and Mick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that’s just the beginning. Fueled by every drug they could get their hands on and obscene amounts of alcohol, driven by fury and headed straight for hell, Mötley Crüe raged through two decades, leaving behind a trail of debauched women, trashed hotel rooms, crashed cars, psychotic managers, and broken bones that has left the music industry cringing to this day. All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare in The Dirt.

Here — directly from Nikki, Vince, Tommy, and Mick — is the unexpurgated version of the whole glorious, gut-wrenching story. In these pages, published for the first time anywhere, are Tommy Lee’s letters to Pamela Anderson from prison: Mick’s confession to having an incurable disease that is slowly killing him; Vince’s experience burying his own daughter — and the train wreck that his life became afterward; and Nikki’s anguished struggle to deal with an entire life fueled by anger over his childhood abandonment, his discovery of the family he never knew he had — and his subsequent loss of them. And all of it accompanied by scores of rare, never-before-published photographs, mug shots, and handwritten lyrics. No one is spared. Not David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Vanity, Aerosmith, Heather Locklear, AC/DC, Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, Pamela Anderson, Guns N’ Roses, Donna D’Errico, RATT, or those two girls from Dallas, Texas.

Make no mistake about it: these guys are geniuses. They invented glam metal and then left it in the dust; sold more than forty million albums from Shout at the Devil to Dr. Feelgood; toured the world dozen times and have the scars to prove it it; and maintained a rabid following in an era of throwaway pop stars. Mötley Crüe has done nothing less than tattoo the psyche of the entire MTV generation. They are the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll band. And if you don’t believe it, read The Dirt. You don’t know what decadence is…

I bought this book last year, I guess. Why didn’t I read it earlier? I read The Heroin Diaries before I puchase this book. I must say The Heroin Diaries got me hooked and the book is soooo good!

The Dirt was written before the Heroin Diaries. And, I was hooked as well. It’s quite thick, 400-ish pages and I need 4 days to finish it.

It’s a rollercoaster ride where the 4 Motley dudes took you to Hollywood, where they opened the door for hair metal band to pop up on MTV in 1980s. From Whisky A Go Go to the huge arena in Moscow, the guys had their ups and downs, up, and down again, and up again, and then down to alcohol and drug-binges.

They’ve been through hell and all the craziness that you thought it onlg happened in porn movies. This book is sick!

I learned about Mick’s struggle with health, Nikki’s dark past, Vince’s tough upbringing and Tommy’s insecurity (I don’t understand why he had to deal with all those craziness, because he said his parents are fun-loving and still together).

Motley Crue rose to stardom and those guys didn’t know how to handle it. They’re still babies, they were on drugs before Motley was famous, they even punched guys without particular reasons.

The saddest part was when Nikki told about his long-lost sister. I read about it in Heroin diaries, but still the chapter brought tears to my eyes.

The Dirt is not about drugs, sex and name-dropping. It’s about finding one true self, brotherhood, and the disadvantage of being an asshole.

The Dirt is one of the best rock autobiographies, besides The Heroin Diaries.

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