Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Heroin Diaries
I tried to read the Heroin Diaries which is a book by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. The book recounts a dark year in the life of the Motley Crue bandleader/bassist.
Sixx has promoted the book in a diary format with the idea that it will help others to avoid the hell that he went through. I found the book contrived and disturbing. Contrived because it seems that the entries were made "after the fact" and were done as a type of remembrance of those dark days. Regardless of that, it still seemed that there is glamorization of his drug abuse and the depravity of his lifestyle.
I got through about 30 pages and had to stop reading it. It seemed to repeat the same sex, drugs and rock and roll theme over and over. I found the whole scene to be too much. Maybe it's because it was written by Sixx when he was still using (or maybe not). I was hoping the diary entries would be followed by recovery and coping but it was only about how messed up he was. I guess that I was looking for solutions and not a day by day shoot up party. It reminded me of a very long-winded drunkalog that has no recovery included. After a while, I just feel sick and have heard enough. I'm going to read Tweak next. Maybe I'll be able to get through it.