MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his upcoming book "Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star", due September 18 via MTV/VH1 Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
"The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star" offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at Sixx's descent into drug addiction with a soundtrack, featuring James Michael and DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), to match. The book is a tell-all, drawn from Nikki's 1986 and '87 journals.
Sixx found the diaries in storage and spent years compiling them for the book. He said he sees them more as a commentary on the record business than as a portrait of a lurid rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
"We have managers and record company people saying that there was this massive machine and nobody was willing to take it off the road and fix the broken wheel," he said. "It would have cost them money. It was more important to keep the business rolling than confronting me. I was left out there to die. 'Hey, let him shoot up, and don't ruffle his feathers. I want my 15%.' That's how it works."
Sixx is aware that many fans will be more drawn to the "Behind the Music"-like tales of the book rather than the look at a junkie caught up in a music machine.
"You have to be drawn to the car race because you think there's going to be a car crash," he said. "So if that's what it takes, fine. If people want to read this book to see how fucked up my life was, and to see how many drugs I took, and to read about my crazy sexcapades, then fine. But in the end, every time the book sells, it's going to put money into a bank account to keep some kids off the street."
The album will be released by Eleven/Seven Music and distributed by ADA, with a portion of proceeds donated to Nikki's Running Wild in the Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House.
Nikki Sixx's video for "Life Is Beautiful", the first single from "The Heroin Diaries" soundtrack, can be viewed at YouTube.