I’ll admit it, I didn’t know that much about Motley Crue. I only have one album – which I believe is a greatest hits they put out a few years ago – and I was (relatively) young during their glory days. But a friend passed this on to me and I figured that since I liked the Jim Morrison book I bought so much I’d give it a read.
The book was quite simply awesome. It’s amazing that they did all that and are still alive to talk about it. From overdoses and car accidents to prison terms and insane groupies – they lived the rock star dream.
I thought the way the book was set up was kind of interesting as well. They keep switching view points between the members of the band and key members of their entourage. So every chapter is in a different tone from the last and many times explains events from multiple aspects.
I thought the key thing that I took away from it all that was even though they had made millions of dollars, sold millions of records and lived a life of excess – deep down they still felt like the goofy kids they were in high school (in some cases, Nikki Six sticks out the most as he admits this several times).
Makes you feel a little better knowing that even rock stars can be insecure.
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