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About Nikki Sixx
Born Frank Feranna, Nikki Sixx grew up in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seventeen. There, in 1981, he became the bassist for M??tley Cr??e, the legendary rock band he started with friend Tommy Lee. Today he is a family man with many projects on the side, including songwriting, film, a new band, a clothing line, as well as ongoing work with the Cr??e.
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When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn’t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn’t do. He spent days—sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers—in a coke- and heroin-fueled daze.
The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.
Here, Nikki shares the diary entries—some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre—of those dark times. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.
Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
Nikki Sixx is one of the most respected, recognizable, and entrepreneurial icons in the music industry. As the founder of Mötley Crüe, who is now in his twenty-first year of sobriety, Sixx is incredibly passionate about his craft and wonderfully open about his life in rock and roll, and as a person of the world. Born Franklin Carlton Feranna on December 11, 1958, young Frankie was abandoned by his father and partly raised by his mother, a woman who was ahead of her time but deeply troubled. Frankie ended up living with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all, there was a burning desire for more, and that more was music. He eventually took a Greyhound bound for Hollywood.
In Los Angeles, Frank lived with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Records—for a short time. But there was no easy path to the top. He was soon on his own. There were dead-end jobs: dipping circuit boards, clerking at liquor and record stores, selling used light bulbs, and hustling to survive. But at night, Frank honed his craft, joining Sister, a band formed by fellow hard-rock veteran Blackie Lawless, and formed a group of his own: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Turning down an offer to join Randy Rhoads’s band, Frank changed his name to Nikki London, Nikki Nine, and, finally, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a vision: a group that combined punk, glam, and hard rock into the biggest, most theatrical and irresistible package the world had ever seen. With hard work, passion, and some luck, the vision manifested in reality—and this is a profound true story finding identity, of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx. It's also a road map to the ways you can overcome anything, and achieve all of your goals, if only you put your mind to it.
This Is Gonna Hurt is music, photography, and life through the distorted lens of Nikki Sixx, bassist for heavy metal rock band Mötley Crüe’s and the New York Times bestselling author of The Heroin Diaries. A combination of powerful prose and dramatic photographs, This Is Gonna Hurt is an arresting, deeply personal look through the eyes of a real rock star at a stark, post-addiction world.
This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx's experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his near death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love. Love story, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx's being.
Alla fine, Frankie salta su un bus della Greyhound e approda a Hollywood.
Giunto a Los Angeles si trasferisce a casa dello zio, allora presidente della Capitol Records. Ma non esistono scorciatoie sicure e, in breve, Frank si ritrova a dover provvedere per sé. Le giornate trascorrono all’insegna di lavoretti poco appaganti e piccole truffe necessarie alla sopravvivenza. Ma dopo il tramonto la musica cambia. Prova dopo prova, Frank affina le sue capacità di musicista e si unisce ai Sister, la band di Blackie Lawless, altro celeberrimo veterano della scena. Fonda poi i London, precursori dei Mötley Crüe, e rifiuta persino la proposta di unirsi al gruppo del leggendario Randy Rhoads.
Inizia quindi a farsi chiamare Nikki London, Nikki Nine e, infine, Nikki Sixx. Come un novello Huck Finn, il neonato Sixx ha un grande sogno: creare una band in grado di unire punk, glam e hard rock per dar vita allo spettacolo più incredibile, eccessivo e irresistibile che si sia mai visto. Con il duro lavoro, la passione e un po’ di fortuna, ben presto quel sogno diventerà realtà.
Questa è la storia, sincera e toccante, di come Frank Feranna ha superato ogni genere di ostacolo ed è diventato Nikki Sixx.
Der kleine Frankie wuchs in ungeordneten Verhältnissen auf: Der Vater verließ die Familie früh, seine Mutter kämpfte mit ihren eigenen Dämonen und gab den Jungen oft bei seinen Großeltern ab, die als Arbeiter von Farm zu Farm und von Staat zu Staat zogen. Es war ein ländliches Leben, bei dem Jungs angelten oder jagten, sich für Sport begeisterten und den Mädchen hinterherguckten - ein Leben, von dem Frank schon früh wusste, dass es ihm nicht reichte. Für ihn wurde der Glamrock der Siebziger zum Fluchtweg aus dem familiären Beziehungschaos und der provinziellen Enge. Noch als Teenager stieg er in einen Greyhound-Bus und fuhr nach Hollywood.
Für kurze Zeit kam Frank bei seinem Onkel unter, der, wie es der Zufall wollte, in der Musikindustrie arbeitete. Und nachdem ihm diese Verbindung am Ende nicht viel mehr als einen Stapel Platten von The Sweet einbrachte, biss er sich allein weiter durch: In 21 Jahre erzählt er pointiert und selbstironisch von seiner Odyssee auf dem Weg zum Ruhm, von versifften Kellern, kleinen Betrügereien, geklauten Instrumenten und miesen Jobs. Wie ein moderner Huckleberry Finn tingelt er durch eine Welt des schönen Scheins und erweist sich als scharfsichtiger Beobachter der Szene in Los Angeles. Viele spätere Rockstars kreuzen dabei seinen Weg, von Blackie Lawless bis Randy Rhoads, während er sein Ziel stets im Blick behält: eine Band, die das Beste aus Punk, Glam und Hardrock kombiniert und eine Bombenshow abliefert. Wie dabei aus dem Provinzjungen Frank Feranna der Rockstar Nikki Sixx wird, ist eine faszinierende Neuerzählung des uralten amerikanischen Traums - und der wahrhaftige Beweis, dass man alle Widerstände überwinden kann, wenn man nur fest genug daran glaubt.