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September 5, 2007
In what’s perhaps one of the most unlikely pairings-up of Washington and the rock world since Frank Zappa testified before a Congressional committee about album ratings, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is to address the 18th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon on Capitol Hill tomorrow (September 6). This is in conjunction with the upcoming (Sept.18 publication) of Sixx’s new sex/drugs/sleaze memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star and the rocker is expected to talk frankly about his descent into addiction (an understatement, to say the least) and his subsequent recovery.
According to a press release issued by the Sixx camp, he was invited to Washington by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, to share his story along with comments from substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Terry Cline Ph.D. and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Director H. Westley Clark M.D., J.D.
“Sixx hopes The Heroin Diaries book, and accompanying CD The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack will offer an insight into, and hopefully steer people clear of, the perils and dangers of substance abuse. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was written and produced by Sixx: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), and was inspired by the dark and crippling diary entries that later became the book. Though the album was not created with the intention of being a radio record, the lead single, ‘Life Is Beautiful’ is already in the top 20 on the rock radio charts. Twenty-five percent of the book’s profits will be donated to Running Wild in the Night – Sixx’s fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.”
Meanwhile, the current (September) issue of HARP has a detailed review (“12-step program for sleazeballs”) of the Sixx volume. In the review we note that the book takes the reader “from December ’86 through December ’87, during which time Sixx rewrote the book (pun intended) on personal excess, culminating in a Christmastime O.D. and a near-death experience for Sixx. During that time he also kept a diary and now, with British writer Ian Gittins fleshing things out through interviews with the other Crüe musicians, associates and managers, friends and girlfriends (among them, Prince’s ex, Vanity, who is now an evangelist and gets in some of the book’s most bizarre quotes), Sixx reconstructs that year in graphic detail.”
Girsindri wrote: more.. speech on capitoll hill i think..
Can't see it cuz I don't have Myspace
Girsindri wrote: more.. speech on capitoll hill i think..
The Heroin Diaries
'I didn't have a very good time/Boo-hoo/Will this do?'
Drug memoirs are, by the nature of the habit they describe, solipsistic things. A certain level of insight and artistry is required to transcend the essential selfishness and boredom of the experience of being a junkie. Only the very best and most daring writers, from William Burroughs to Jerry Stahl, have succeeded. Whether Nikki Sixx, with his forthcoming Heroin Diaries will join them is another matter.
On the strenght of the lyrics of this accompanying soundtrack, perhaps not. the music is suprisingly old-school AOR, while the words are a mix of workaday couplets ('You know accidents can happen/it's okay, we all fall off the wagon/it's only one day/you haven't thrown everything away'), clunking metaphors ('I'm face down on the tracks/and the train is coming fast') and the glaringly obvious ('Smack ruins people's lives'). You don't say. Hope the book's better.
elüsiveness wrote: Fukk this is a helluva record, those Heroin Diaries.
I'm always amazed to see that you don't even have to have a visual of Nikki Sixx to feel his charisma. Everything's charismatic with Sixx, even the biggest n the sickest issues..........
The album's great, I was afraid to be disappointed after such a powerful and catchy 1st single but this is truly a quality record. I've added it to my 2007 favorites.
BASSIST DRAWS ON PAST, HELPS NEW CRÜE
By PETER LAURIA
Nikki Sixx spreads the sobriety gospel.
October 2, 2007 -- Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recalls celebrating Christmas Day 1986 in a most unusual way: crouched naked under the tree with a needle in one arm watching his "holiday spirit coagulate in a spoon."
Twenty-one years later, the Sixx is two unlikely things - alive, and a sober inspiration to a legion of fans who grew up thinking that, if you weren't partying as hard as the Crüe, you weren't partying at all.
Sixx, 48, was in town last week to hawk his new book, "The Heroin Diaries." Roughly 1,000 people descended on Virgin Records in Times Square to get an autographed copy.
"Rather than just talking about a drug problem, this book made me remember what addiction felt like," says one fan, Joanie, adding that reading about the feeling was almost as bad as going through it.
A lot of people know what addiction feels like: More than 22 million age 12 or older - roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population - needed treatment for alcohol or drug addiction in 2003, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Only a fraction - 1.2 million - got it.
The lanky creative core of Mötley Crüe has become a vocal advocate for recovery. Last month, the wild-haired, tattoo-covered Sixx, born Frank Feranna, was the first rock star to speak on Capitol Hill at the invitation of the Association of Addiction Professionals.
"The Heroin Diaries" debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list, having already outsold Mötley Crüe's collective effort, "The Dirt." Twenty-five percent of the book's proceeds are being donated to "Running Wild in the Night," a fund-raising initiative set up by Sixx for Covenant House.
Sixx is refreshingly modest about his efforts.
"It's just a year of giving back for me, dude, no strings attached," Sixx says.
Sixx, who never became tabloid fodder the way bandmates Tommy Lee and Vince Neil did, said he was relieved that as many people were drawing inspiration from the book as were reading it simply for the debauched tales.
"Sometimes you have a vision but the message doesn't get across," says Sixx, who, during the course of selling 45 million albums, was simultaneously so strung out that he was literally dead for a few minutes in 1987. "This time I'm feeling that everyone's getting it."
Indeed, a blonde woman named Jeri, two years free from heroin addiction, thanked Sixx for writing the book and says she planned to show it to her still-addicted brother, a longtime Crüe fan, in the hopes of doing some good.
And it just might.
"The stigma associated with addiction can put people in the helpless position of feeling like they can't relate to others," says Christopher Taylor, an addiction therapist and secretary for AAP New York. "A person of Nikki's stature being so honest about addiction can inspire someone to live differently."
Sixx's new philosophy is that you have to be selfless to be sober, and he could be onto something. At one point during the book signing, right after Sixx put his John Hancock on a bald guy's head, two girls no more than 20 years old got their turn in front of the rocker.
Sober now, they proceeded to tell a tale of life as abandoned teenagers living on the streets addicted to junk - a past Sixx can relate to.
"That's exactly what I'm talking about," he tells The Post. "That's like money in the spiritual bank."