The Dirt

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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
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Author Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Neil Strauss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher HarperEntertainment (hardback), ReganBooks (paperback)
Publication date
May 22, 2001 (first edition)
Media type print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 431 (hardback), 448 (paperback)
ISBN 0-06-098915-7
OCLC 50170658
Followed by The Heroin Diaries (2007)

The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band (ISBN 0-06-098915-7) is a collaborative autobiography of Mötley Crüe by the band – Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx – and New York Times writer Neil Strauss. First published in 2001, it chronicles the formation of the band, their rise to fame and their highs and lows with rare candor.

Contributors include onetime member John Corabi, former band manager Doc McGhee, co-manager Doug Thaler, and A&R man Tom Zutaut.

The book contains over 100 photographs, mostly black and white, with a 16-page color section in the middle of the book.

The first hardback edition was on the New York Times Bestseller list for four weeks and sold 13,000 copies in the UK.[1]

The Crüe's 2008 album Saints of Los Angeles was inspired by the book.[2]

A film of the book has long been mooted. "Anybody can make a shitty rock movie," observed Sixx. "We don't want to do that. A lot of people don't understand rock music and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. It's not just sex, drugs and car crashes. Those things happen – and, in our case, more than usual. But what's at the core of it all is the creativity and the personal relationships between each band memeber. We don't just want to slap together the thrill moments. Any of the great movies, whether it's Walk the Line or Ray, they got the music right and the personalities right."[3]


  1. ^ "aStore for Amazon Associates". Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Sinners & saints". 
  3. ^ Chamberlain, Rich (February 2015). "Mötley Crüe". Classic Rock. p. 49. 

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