The American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, widely known for their hedonistic way of life, had shared their experiences and secrets in their book ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’ in 2001.
Although Mötley Crüe was always partying and enjoying their rock and roll life, they were also one of the most successful bands of their time and they actually competed with KISS. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide throughout their career earning a spot on Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 9 times.
Not only their music but also their party life was admired by their fans. Their autobiographical book written by Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Neil Strauss was released in 2001 and it stayed on New York Times Bestseller list for 4 weeks. The book received many positive reviews, one of them being a review from John Levy on Rolling Stone. Levy described the book and how the life of the band represented the ’80s.
His review read:
“Without a doubt, it is the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling, and utterly revolting, full of blood, leather, eyeliner, heroin, and, oh yes, the glam metal that made the Eighties…the Eighties.”
The book was so successful that in 2019, it was made into a movie called ‘The Dirt.’ Starring famous actors like Douglas Booth and Daniel Webber, the movie was released digitally on Netflix.
The Band’s Rock N’ Roll Life
Mötley Crüe revealed a lot of their ‘dirt’ in their book. Their usual way of life is not anywhere near what normal people are used to. They talked about urinating everywhere, fist fighting with fans, using drugs in weddings, and sleeping with women as payment for a service.
One of the things they did that had no sensible explanation for was Lee and Sixx breaking glass bottles on each other’s heads. Moreover, they have mentioned that the duo would also eat little light bulbs without chewing. There might not be a real reason as to why Lee and Sixx did these things. However, according to them, it was ‘just for fun.’