Motley Crue: against the laws of the universe, man
L. Blommendaal
7/14/2002 3:34:37 PM

Opportunities in life don't come by the dozen. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band [Regan Books] show us that Motley Crue certainly caught the train when it came calling, and then spent a large part of their career fighting against their fate: it’s one for all and all for one; or not at all. These guys are shackled to each other, for better or for worse.

Having toured with a punk band many years ago myself, I know the exhilaration, the booze, the dope, girls, you name it. Motley Crue certainly do all that to excess, enabled by the apparently limitless supply of dollars that comes with success in the US.

But there are bigger forces than the band at work-- ruthless record companies, crooked managers, and the fans. The book evokes all this very well. As one reads on, a sense of melancholy creeps in culminating in the horrifying and truly sensitive account of Vince's 4-year-old daughter, Skylar's death. What is it all worth then? As Vince says, "It's against the laws of the universe, man." But there are plenty of laughs too, self-deprecating humor (oftentimes rare for rock stars), hilarious bitching, and an endless stream of big-titted parasitic Daisy Dukes. Go read it.


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