“The Most Addictive Rock & Roll Tale Since The Dirt”
Famed artist and Mötley Crüe founding member Nikki Sixx has announced an August 21st release date for The Heroin Diaries, the gripping soundtrack to his forthcoming, much-buzzed-about book Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (MTV Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster). Penned and produced by Sixx: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), the dark and decadent album serves as the perfect backdrop to Sixx’s provocative tome about his tumultuous relationship with heroin and his multi-platinum band Mötley Crüe. The first single from the album, “Life Is Beautiful,” is already rocketing up the Rock Radio charts. Its companion video was directed by Paul Brown (Stone Sour, Audioslave), who also designed the stunning graphics for both the album and the book.
Co-written by Ian Gittins (Guardian, Q Magazine) and based on journal entries beginning Christmas 1986, Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star chronicles the highs and lows of being a member of one of the world’s biggest rock bands while also being one of the most notorious junkies to survive the excess of the 80s. The book, a worthy follow up to the NY Times Best Seller The Dirt: The Autobiography of Motley Crue, includes commentary from those closest to Sixx both then and now, insiders who personally witnessed his struggle and recovery from his addictions.
Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star will be released in the U.S. and Canada on September 18th through MTV/VH1 Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to Sixx’s charity, Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps get youth off the streets.
The full track listing for The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack is as follows:
“X-Mas In Hell”
“Life Is Beautiful”
“Pray For Me”
“Accidents Can Happen”
“Dead Man’s Ballet”
“Girl With Golden Eyes”
“Life After Death”
In addition to his work as a musician and author, Sixx is currently engaged in a wide range of artistic endeavors including photography and fashion design for his clothing line, Royal Underground, which he founded in 2006 with Kelly Gray, former president and creative director of St. John Clothing. The line can be found in Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores.
Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in San Jose, California, in 1958 and grew up in Seattle, WA with his grandmother. At the age of seventeen, he sold his guitars and took a bus to Los Angeles, where he began hanging out in local clubs and playing in bands. He founded Mötley Crüe in 1981 with friend and drummer Tommy Lee. As the cofounder, songwriter and bassist of one of rock’s most notorious bad boy bands, Mötley Crüe, Sixx has achieved international success, with album sales exceeding more than 40 million units worldwide. The band’s decadent lifestyle was documented in the best-selling 2001 autobiography and soon-to-be feature film, The Dirt. Mötley Crüe had one of the top-grossing tours of 2005, with all four original members reuniting to play before an estimated one million people in the United States. Sixx has also written songs with Meat Loaf, Marion Raven, Drowning Pool, The Exies and Saliva.