The Heroin Diaries-Book and CD
1st things first…Congratulations to Barack Obama. I have high hopes for the future, and I wish you well as you embark on this journey of leadership. Good luck.
Alright, now on to the main order of business. Motley Crue is one of my favorite bands, and Nikki Sixx is one of my favorite artists. So, you can imagine how excited I was about his book, The Heroin Diaries, as well as the soundtrack when it came out in 2007. I still think they’re among the best things to come out of the past year or so. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one to think so, as the book actually reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, and singles from the album also charted high in the US. Now the paperback version of the book is about to hit the charts.
A little about the book: If you know anything at all about Motley Crue, you know that they’re pretty notorious for their crazy lifestyles in the ’80’s and all the stupid things they did. Nikki Sixx, their bassist, actually “died” twice from heroin overdoses, but was revived and lived to tell about it. Now, 20 years later he has published his experiences (taken from diary entries he found from the 1986/87 period) in the form of a book, “The Heroin Diaries: A year In The Life of a Shattered Rockstar” and there is a really amazing soundtrack to go along with it. Y’all have probably heard the song “Life is Beautiful” on the radio, yea…thats from this soundtrack.
I’m actually working with a promoter now to get the word out about the release of the paperback version of the book. The reason this is so important to me is not because I have ever personally experienced drug addiction, or even because i know someone who has, but because I think it is important that we as humans understand how drugs and alcohol affect not just the addict, but our entire society, and so we can better love and minister to people who are touched by this disease of addiction. It is truly an epidemic in our country and we have an obligation to do the best we can to overcome it, just as we have an obligation to do the best we can to help people dealing with AIDs, abusive relationships, cancer, or anything else.
So often, people try to run away from this kind of thing…they see a scary-looking book called the “Heroin Diaries” at Barnes and Noble and they think “oo I bet that isn’t appropriate, I better not let my kids read that” etc etc. Sometimes, its good to be cautious. But sometimes, it means we’re missing an opportunity to learn and to hear voices that really, really need to be heard.
Nikki Sixx’s memoir is eye-opening and honest, funny at parts, heartbreaking at others. he truly hides nothing and doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything. It helps you see the angry,confused, broken human being underneath the tough facade he put up. Further, he has included excerpts from those who were near him at the time-bandmates, girlfriends, management, family-who can give a little more insight about how his addictions affected their lives, and what it was like to watch a person they loved spiral down into this trap. It isn’t PG, as you may expect, so if you’re super-sensitive or under age 16 I probably don’t recommend it for you, but otherwise, I think this book is really an important one to read, and truly unique in its field. It meant a lot to me, and I think I see things from a different perspective now, and I think I’m better for having read it.
Its amazing to read about Nikki’s struggles and his tribulations, and be able to look back and see how far he has come. Today, he is the founder of Running Wild Through the Night, a charity driven by book/album sales that gives back by providing musical education for homeless, runaway kids, much like himself. He truly does seem to be a changed man, and I really admire the way he has stood up as an example for others.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book, not only for Sixx fans, but really to anyone who is interested. I think you’ll be glad you read it, and hopefully it will have the same affect on you it had on me.
Check out these youtube clips:
Sixx: A.M.’s (Nikki’s new band) newest single, “Tomorrow”, off the Heroin Diaries Soundtrack
And this is Nikki Sixx talking about his book, his music and his mission before Congress…if nothing else, this video is worth watching all the way to the end.
Finally, the Heroin Diaries Website has a free download of “Tomorrow”–yours for the taking!
Stay tuned…a Heroin Diaries contest to be announced tomorrow! trust me, you DON’T want to miss out, there are going to be some awesome prizes 😉