The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
Nikki Sixx
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: VH1 (October 28, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416511946
ISBN-13: 978-1416511946

I admit to not being a huge Motley Crue fan until the mid 80's, sometime just after the Girls, Girls, Girls album, and even then, I wasn't a huge fan like a number of my classmates. Ergo, I don't have any memories of any of the large, public events that mark the beginning and end of this book.

The book covers a year in the life of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx (born Frank Feranna), from Christmas 1986 until Christmas 1987. It's composed of diary entries written by Sixx during that time, as well as recollections and remembrances from the people who were there as well. It comes across as a very raw look at a man who was struggling to deal with his own personal demons by introducing more demons in in the hope that they would cancel each other out.

Yeah. That shit never works.

There's a number of amusing insights into the band, the making of the Girls, Girls, Girls album, life on the road and time with friends. After all, they were Motley Crue, and to paraphrase Sixx, they were going to do it bigger, badder, harder, and nastier than ANYONE else. From the sounds of it, they lived up to their own hype.

But for all the amusement value there, the real meat of this book comes from the diary entries where he talks about his depression and drug use; when he's being honest about what it's doing to him physically and mentally. I found myself reading the diary entries and talking to him as if he was there. Not conversations, but things like "Right, that's the way to do it" or "Don't be a dumbass". It speaks to the emotional authenticity of something when it evokes a reaction like that in me.

The one repeated jarring note that I found annoying was the "present day" comments by Denise Matthews, who then was known as Vanity, and was Sixx's girlfriend for a while. Since then, she has "found God", and seemed to be more interested in proclaiming her beliefs and "reclamation by Jesus" than adding any insight or interesting/useful information about the year in question.

Mind you, I'm not knocking her for her beliefs. If that's what got her to clean herself up, awesome. But this...wasn't the place for what she was talking about. This was supposed to be about Sixx, and how he was affecting the people around him. And I never got that feeling from any of her entries.

I believe that Motley Crue fans will enjoy this book for the "behind the scenes" looks at the band, but I believe it's real value is that it shows the effects of drugs on a person and their life; the self deception, the desperation, the shame. The slow descent, as he put it, into hell.
OK, so I'm sure many of you have heard Jon Bon Jovi flappin his gums together and accusing Steve Jobs of "ruining the music industry".

Jon Bon Jovi slams Steve Jobs for 'killing' music

OK, so yeah, there's is a semi-"romantic" experience that's missing. There was something to the concept of listening to picking out an album and taking it home and playing it...

Thing is, You can still do that.

What "Beanhead" Bon Jovi is missing is that has been killing itself for a long. damn. time. now.

CD's selling for $14-20 US, 10-16 songs, of which, what, 3 or 4 are any good?

Here's a great example: David Lee Roth, who I really enjoy as a performer and singer, both with Van Halen and on his own, put out the "Eat 'Em and Smile" album. 10 tracks. 2 were GOOD (Yankee Rose, Goin' Crazy), 2 were ok (Ladies Night in Buffalo & Shy Boy), the rest were crap. 4 songs for probably $10-12 (at the time).

And a lot of albums were like that.

So, the music companies were gouging the music buyers and the music makers. And then had the nerve to act surprised when people started illegally ripping and sharing the music.

To be clear, I do NOT condone this, as it is theft. Period. Not condemning anyone for doing it either. But it is *their* music, *their* IP, and they if they want to share it with you for free, they can do that. If they want to share it for a price, they can do that as well.

OK, so people aren't buying full albums. True enough. But what the iTunes store also does is allow for impulse buying and buying of more obscure artists

Another great example. A few years ago, I had 3 Guns N Roses CD's stolen. They were on my list to be replaced. 2 weeks ago, I had a deep yearning to listen to the Gunners. No music store around, and didn't want to wait for Amazon. Got all three albums downloaded to my iPad, and cranked those tunes all the way home. If I had waited to get them through Amazon...well, I'm willing to bet they'd still be on my list.

Look, the point is that buying music online isn't killing the music industry, The music industry is doing that to themselves. These greedy controlling cockgobblers need to FOADIAF anyway. They've been screwing artists and fans for DECADES.

And Jon Bon Jovi should know that. If he doesn't, he's far more clueless than I ever dreamed.
Yeah, ok, whatever. As I and others have pointed out, Monday gets a bad rap as the beginning of the work week. I'm just not a morning person.

So, anyway, spent a very enjoyable evening last night. I started out by playing a little WoW, but gave up on that as I was distracted by one of my latest acquisitions from Amazon: Clash of the Titans. Yep, I got my order in yesterday, consisting of:
Good stuff. Plus, need to keep up the cinematic education of my two young geeks.

Found out today that my 90 day eval will be next week. Being as I was also just asked what security classes I've had and am considering taking, either I'm being buffaloed REALLY well or I'm in good shape.

Regarding Michael Jackson: I choose to remember him the way he was in the 80's, before he seemed to go REALLY over the deep end. Plus, if even half of what his father allegedly did to him is true, the deck was stacked against MJ from the beginning. He was a great entertainer, and left a musical legacy behind that will be hard to touch. May he find the peace in the next life he was denied in this one.

Regarding Sarah Palin: I don't know that it matters why she left the governor's seat. She's out, and like all politicians who show disregard for the rights of Americans, she needs to be watched.

Ooops. Lunch break is almost over. TTYL.
It so happens that every once in a while, I'd post a song lyric that caught my ear on Twitter. Either something that got caught in my head or perfectly captured how I felt or just seemed right.

So now it's kinda blossomed into a minor contest on Twitter and Facebook (Grayhawk & Frank N. Huminski, respectively, in case you care): I post a lyric and people try to come up with the song title and artist. People seem to be having fun with it.

It occurred to me this morning that perhaps you good people on LJ would enjoy this as well. So, I want to get your opinion!

A few things to keep in mind; ground rules, if you will.
  • Right now, I do this only on weekdays. I don't foresee that changing
  • As a general rule, songs chosen are from within my lifetime (1970 - present) and are ones that have been "hits". No "B" sides or obscure-assed tracks.
  • The exception to the above rule would happen during "Theme weeks". Examples might include musical theater, Christmas, Irish/Gaelic, etc. Ideas welcome below.
  • The lyric normally goes up between 0600 & 0630 (aka after I get to work and get coffee). I want to post the answer before I leave work. I want to give people a chance to answer, but don't want to leave it all day. I'm inclined to post answers around 1100 - 1200, but am looking for your input.

So, on with the questions!

[Poll #1328027]
I'd like to have it on the record that I do not own a copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

I do, however, have a copy of the Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album with such classics as "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)". Found it in a second hand store or something back in 1994. I may even put up a picture of it later.

Food calls...
::looks pointedly at [livejournal.com profile] rileybear67::

Apparently, according to the folks at EW.com, Sunday, August 10, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day!

No mocking, just thought I'd point it out.
So, in honor of "Dolly Parton" week on American Idiot Idol, EW.com is doing a set of their 17 favorite Dolly Parton Quips.

I found many of them amusing. But then, I've always liked her music, as well as watching her in her few acting roles.
Check this out: Final Cello Countdown

Oh the heck with that, here it is...

From Mtv.com:

Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Found Dead In His Las Vegas Home

Rocker, 52, died of unknown causes.

Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow died Sunday, drummer Frankie Banali confirmed in a post on his Web site. DuBrow was 52 years old and the official cause of his death has yet to be determined.


Quiet Riot's album Metal Health was one of the first ones I ever bought for myself. It rocked the hell out.

Thanks for all the music, fun and memories, Kevin. Thanks for helping me "feel the noize" and to "bang my head".
Eye of the Tiger just came on!

Adrenalin pumping!

Bring on Apollo Creed! Clubber Lang! Ivan Drago! I can whip 'em all with one hand tied behind my back!

I know I've posted about this before. As corny as it sounds, I was *always* able to press an additional 25-40 lbs when this came on the radio when I was working out for football.
grayhawkfh: (Tat)
It seems like every second or third song has been a Jimmy Buffett Song.

Now, I know that I have a fair amount of his music, but not so much that when I put it on "Random" it comes up over 50% of the time...
Avril Lists Her Own '10 Commandments' (link goes to a scan of the article)

DEAL WITH IT. Selling 24 million albums hasn't really affected me, but it has changed things. I can't walk into a room full of people any more without everybody turning their heads, and I can only eat in certain restaurants where I know I won't get hassled. But that's OK. I was born to do this, and so I've learned how to cope.

DEVELOP AN IMAGE. Someone like Kelly Clarkson is beautiful and has a pretty voice, but with me you get a much stronger image. I'm tough, I have a look that girls want to copy, and I sound a particular way. It's good if you're not easily ignored. And I'm not.

DON'T GET MAD, GET EVEN. I was 17 when my first album (Let Go, 2002) came out, and all of a sudden I had to spend my days doing interviews. Listen, when you are 17 you don't know how to hold a conversation with an adult, and you pretty much don’t want to. But I learned to channel that annoyance into my music.

PARTY HARD. BUT NOT TOO HARD. When I go to a party, I am the party! I'm the girl doing shots, jumping on tables, screaming and getting wasted. Am I advocating drugs? No! When I say get wasted, that doesn't mean go crazy. Drink in moderation. Be responsible, yeah?

PRACTISE GOOD KARMA. I am a very giving person. When the hurricane thing happened (in New Orleans, August 2005) I went to my close, filled six boxes of stuff and said to my assistant, "take it to Katrina!" I also like to give stuff to people who are my "workers", especially if they don't make much money.

BE GRATEFUL. It's important to be thankful, even if you're poor. I mean, come on, we all have clean water — well, ok, not people in the developing world. It's important to remember where we came from and just how lucky we are to be here.

ADVOCATE SPIRITUALITY. I'm not particularly religious, but I am spiritual. What kind? Feng shui, mostly, and energy. I'm good at picking up people's energy, like I'm receptive or something.

FINDING MR RIGHT. I got married last year (to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41) simply because I was lucky enough to find the right guy. Did I tame him (Whibley once confessed to a fondness for mushrooms and ecstasy)? Hey, we were both party animals once, so we've tamed each other.

EXTEND YOURSELF. I want to get into movies next, a lead role in a super cool indie flick. I've been looking at scripts for the past two years now and most of them have been shit, but I know I could be real good at it. I have an agent now, and everything.

LOVE YOURSELF. People love me and people hate me, but I'm comfortable in my own skin and that's what counts. And anyway, if you do hate me, you're the loser, not me.


Ok, see, my problem is that I don't find this at all WTF. Except maybe, maybe, the audacity to call them "10 commandments". Actually, in a number of ways, more people can stand to live by some of these rules. Dealing with it, Being grateful, extending yourself, loving yourself, practicing good Karma - all traits that need to be more prevalent in today's society, IMNSHO. Doesn't matter who is saying it, the essential truth remains the same.
So, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 B. & I just watched the Iron Man Trailer.

While I have seen the footage before (from the pirated footage from SDCC), it was exceedingly cool to see it again, even better that it wasn't grainy and all that.

So, when I finished, as I was having a geek-gasm, B. said: "Movie OK, music great!"

The music? Black Sabbath, of course. Iron Man.

MY KID LIKES SABBATH!!!! W00T!!!
Here's an article I think you find at least mildly interesting, since you're one of the few people on my f-list that hates ClearChannel more than I do...

Stations agree on anti-payola settlement

WASHINGTON — Radio listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over may have something to cheer about: Broadcasters have tentatively agreed to anti-payola settlements that could shake up music playlists at some of the nation's largest radio chains.

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