If you’ve seen the Netflix movie The Dirt and want to know more about what really went down with Motley Crue, or if you haven’t, and want to do some research before watching it, there are plenty of good resources.
Besides the book version of The Dirt, written by all the band’s members, three of the four have also written their own versions of what went down, with only Mick Mars abstaining.
Variety took a look at the the three books by the others. Here’s some of what they had to say:
The Heroin Diaries, Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
Nikki Sixx (with Ian Griffins)
“The memoir shines a spotlight on Sixx’s darkest days, as he struggled with drug addiction and anger issues that threatened to tear apart his relationship with the band — and his friends and family…Though it offers a no-holds-barred account of drug dependency and a frightening descent into paranoia, Sixx says the important part is that he sought help and eventually overcame his demons.”
Tommy Lee (with Anthony Bozza)
“From joining Mötley Crüe at 17, to touring the world with the band, to his subsequent marriages — and divorces — from Hollywood bombshells Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, it’s filled with tabloid-worthy stories…The book also reveals Lee as a father to two sons with Anderson, and shares the lessons he’s learned over the years from his troubles with the law and his rocky relationships in the music industry.”
Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen
“While Neil contributed to The Dirt, he says he felt confined by the interview process for the book, and as a result, did not share as much with the publishers as the other members did…Neil addresses some painful moments in the memoir, including being behind the wheel of a fatal car crash in 1984 that claimed the life of a friend and critically injured two others…[He] also details his three plastic surgeries, his romances over the years and the lessons he’s learned from trying to make it in other businesses aside from music.”