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[Book Review] This Is Gonna Hurt – Nikki Sixx


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.