Book Review of The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
“The Heroin Diaries – A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”
Nikki Sixx with Ian Griffins, MTV Books/Pocket Books (2007)
Reviewed By: Moira K. Wiley
Crave Magazine (August 2007)
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx takes readers to a terrifyingly dark place that many probably never knew existed and most do not want to go in his brutally honest memoirs released by MTV Books/Pocket Books in September. Throughout the book you feel his anguish, confusion and frustration of wanting to quit the habits he’d created, but loathing the idea of leaving the place he feels most comfortable and safe…his bedroom closet which is filled with drugs, paraphernalia and guns.
Nikki’s story shows readers the darkest side of rock-n-roll where decadence and destruction are but inches apart. At the height of the band’s fame, Nikki shares his roller coaster ride of the highest highs and even lower lows that spans the year in his life when he finally hit rock bottom. The constant downward spiral, which undoubtedly would have led to his death like it has so many other hardcore rocker addicts in the past, finally ends when he finds the courage to realize it was time to climb out of the pit that had become his life. A life where nothing was more important than his next spike, which always just led to another tortuous night filled with paranoia and temporary insanity.
Interspersed between actual diary pages that Nikki wrote during this year-long heroin and cocaine haze is commentary from those who knew him at the time and some of his own comments as well. Dubbed one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, “The Heroin Diaries” is available anywhere books are sold.