Sixx digs up more dirt in book

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After the success of Motley Crue's tell-all autobiography "The Dirt" in 2001, it stands to reason that someone from the '80s rock act eventually would attempt a publishing encore.

Bassist Nikki Sixx delivers his Sept. 18 when he releases "Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star" via MTV/VH1 Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The book pairs diary entries written during a struggle with drugs in the mid-'80s with modern-day commentary from Sixx and those around him. Thoughts and reminiscences with exes, bandmates, record industry execs and family members are presented through Sixx's drug-induced haze.

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."

A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to Running Wild in the Night, a fund-raising initiative for Covenant House California, which aids struggling youth. "Heroin" will be accompanied with what Sixx calls "a soundtrack," an album of songs inspired by the book and recorded with his band Sixx:AM.

The latter will be released by Sixx's management firm, Allen Kovax's Eleven Seven Music, and distributed via Warner Music Group's indie pipeline, the Alternative Distribution Alliance.

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 says. "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."

Todd Martens is a correspondent for Billboard.
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