The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star Info

Which weight loss plan works best? What are the best books on health and nutrition - What is the best free weight loss app? Discover the best Health, Fitness & Dieting books and ebooks. Check our what others have to say about Nikki Sixx books. Read over #reviewcount# reviews on The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star before downloading. Read&Download The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx Online

In honor of the ten-year anniversary of The Heroin
, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on
drug addiction is reissued with exclusive new content. This shocking,
gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki’s
yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with
opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by twenty percent in
the past year alone, Nikki’s story of both his descent into
drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a
rehabilitation advocate are now more relevant than ever.
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.

Average Ratings and Reviews


1495 Ratings






Ratings and Reviews From Market

client-img 4.7

Reviews for The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star:


October 12, 2015

A thought provoking, honest read
First, let me say that my son was/is an addict & just over a year clean & sober. After he asked for help & we got him into the in-house rehab, based upon AA/NA principles, he came home on a day pass & we took him to eat @ the restaurant of his choice & then to to see the movie of his choice. Afterward, I asked him what helped him make the decision to become clean...first, he said us, then, he said he'd read the Heroine Diaries by Nikki Sixx, which he first checked out @ the local library...& then asked me to get as an ebook. It moved him.. I was working on my master's degree @ the time & didn't get a chance to read it until after I'd earned my degree (a/k/a yesterday). I finished it today. Nikki, your book was brutally honest & touched my kid to his soul. Now, I understand why. I'm thankful you wrote it. Thanks for helping me save the most important human being in my life...he's only 25 years old. He's going places now & has. remained strong. We just went to our first concert together on 10/10/15 in Evansville, IN....we both saw Motley Crue for the very first time (I've been trying to see your band since I was 16.. Crue has always been my favorite band...& Drew grew up listening to it his entire life. So...thank you for helping us through many tough times & helping him turn his life around & to you...congrats on your rehabilitation -Kim

August 31, 2018

A Day in the Life
Nikki hits a home run on this one. The first thing that struck me is the way the book is presented. It's not a dry, white page, black words presentation - it's constructed in a graphic novel motif, complete with sketches and anecdotal notes from Nikki and those around him at the time (Dec. 1986 - Dec. 1987). It was during this period I saw the Crue on the GGG tour. Little did the 18 yo in row 23 on the floor of the Spectrum realize the suicidal path of my heroes. This book makes you feel like taking a shower; it is raw, brutal, dirty, and always honest. This disease knows no boundaries, and Nikki shows (with a lot of hard work), you can manage to put a life together. The book is very sad a times, but so worth the read.

April 14, 2018

I really enjoyed reading Nkki's account of his rapid and total descent into heroin addiction. Its full of honesty and candor and he at no time makes excuses for it or blames others for it. Although his unstable childhood was no doubt a factor, he totally owns and takes responsibility for his behavior and addiction. I also enjoyed reading the perspectives of others who were around him during this time. It is truly amazing that he survived and is still around to talk about it. Its a cautionary tale that speaks volumes of his strength and resilience to make it through the horror of addiction, as so many other brilliant artists do not. Nikki's reflection on this time period of his life makes for good reading even if you're not a Motley Cru fan. It may even make you take a closer look.

April 8, 2018

that when you love a band
I have to give this book 5 stars! This book, showed me, that when you love a band, and think you’re a super fan and know everything about them. I knew nothing, I never knew, Nikki Sixx was so broken, and has endured so much, and am amazed he came through everything he endured! This book gave me so much more respect, for him, and for the music he wrote for Motley Crue. I now find myself listening more to the lyrics and feeling some of the pain. I totally would recommend this book to not only Motley Crue fans, or Nikki Sixx fans, but anyone going through hardships or whatever your going through in life, we all can take notes from this man.

July 12, 2017

Motley Crue is my favorite band of all time. I've seen them play several times and they never disappoint. The Dirt on Motley Crue was an amazing read, so raw. In this book I find Nikki genuine and vulnerable. A series of journals written in a truly dark time of his life. I can't even believe he was able to even think to write in a journal at this time of his life. I'm glad he did. His upbringing is relatable but lead him down a very deep path. great book, easy read, so well written.

September 27, 2017

I STILL wanna be a rockstar and live a life of excess..
Excellent book. I'm a child of the 80s, so I grew up on Crue. I saw Vince way back when he was fired/quit from the band and went solo ,and he did all the Crue's songs anyway. And I saw them on their farewell tour in 2015.
Excellent first person narrative of a man going to his own personal hell. The additional commentaries by people who were there to watch his fall and give their perspective is fascinating. Nikki's inside dirt on who did what to who and when is darkly funny and compelling
An excellent read and cautionary tale of what unlimited access to whatever you want can do to you.
Crue fans will love it and even if you're not a fan/not of this age category, it's just a plain good read.

November 14, 2018

Great book to read
Received it yesterday and boy was it a good read. I never understood why it was a best seller for the New York Times, well I quickly found out real fast. Nikki’s Sixx’s story about his life and or his old addiction was relatable even to someone who has never done anything in their life. Nikki talks about the horrors of what drugs can do to you and it’s not just herion either. He also takes you on a roller coaster ride about his younger life and what being in Motely Crue was like and he doesn’t hold anything back. I remember when I was younger because I was only 9 years old at the time of the release of this book/album my dad told me he wouldn’t let me read the book for good reasons but he let me listen to the album which I never understood why because at 9 years old I knew what they were talking about with “Girl With Golden Eyes” and “Life is beautiful” was clearly about being at the lowest part of your life and just wanting to give up but there is so much more to life it takes going to the dark side to realize it. Now ever since I read this book however, I understand the album a whole lot more because the songs follow each chapter of the book. I would recommend it to anyone who is abusing or trying to make aware the affects of drugs because Nikki’s story can save your life.

April 6, 2019

Total Junk
I tried to get into the book, I really did. This book was so disjointed and repetitive, I couldn't even finish it. A hard Kindle read being a lot of the book is in red text. It tore my eyes up constantly going from black text to red. This dude is just just not interesting to me. I should have known since I don't care for Motley Crew or their cough, music to begin with. I don't ever want to read another book about dead heads and drugs. Happy Amazon gave me a refund on this crap. That's the only good experience I had getting this Kindle book.

February 12, 2019

A Harrowing Tale, Passably Told
Disclaimer: This review is shaped by personal opinion, contains modest spoilers, and is only possible because of the hard work of the author(s) who wrote this book (to whom, for better or worse, I am grateful).

This book delivered exactly what I expected: a rambling, chaotic, drug-filled compilation of musings and interviews roughly crammed into the form of a memoir. For all of this, the book both satisfies and disappoints. The book satisfies the idle curiosity I had about life as a rock star (Nikki Sixx--a name that proved irksome every time I was required to read it and now proves even more so in the typing--was the writer and bassist behind Motley Crue). It also proves to be an interesting account of drug addiction from an insider's perspective. The book traces a year in the life of Nikki as he consumes copious amounts of cocaine, heroin, and basically anything else available to him. In the midst of these struggles, he kept a journal which he has now edited and interspersed with interviews from characters in his journals. The concept is intriguing and executed well. However, the narrative, as with the life of a heroin-fueled touring rock star, is tangled and fairly repetitive. What is most compelling in this story is the author's (see how I avoided typing his name this time?) honesty. He is unflinchingly honest, mostly candid, and even includes excerpts of interviews with people who hate his guts.

The book delivered exactly what I expected. Because of this, it was a bit boring to read at times. At a certain point, one becomes inured to another tale of drug induced delusions in the closet of a rock star's mansion. Also, I don't know where to include this in my review, but I feel compelled to at least comment: Vanity is seriously insane. This cocaine freebasing groupie (of Prince first, and then Motley Crue), was a wild character in the author's journals. In her interview portions of the book, even with the benefit of hindsight and the ability to compose her thoughts, she is even kookier. She went from a junkie to a true religious fanatic who calls herself an evangelist and speaks often of Satan's influence in Nikki's life and his need for exorcism. She is a larger-than-life character whom I was never thrilled to see show up in the story again, and yet never put the book down when she was actively involved. One other miscellaneous note: I would have preferred this book in a standard format rather than the highly stylized rock star-esque journal format interspersed with pictures. Maybe I'm just not meant for the rock-and-roll lifestyle, because the violent imagery and hastily censored nudes gave me uncomfortable anxiety as I tried to shield the book (and my embarrassment) from my fellow public transportation commuters.

I have not read many rock star memoirs or tales of drug addicts' recoveries. This story provided exactly what I expected and, in doing so, left me a bit underwhelmed. Overall, I enjoyed reading about this lifestyle that is so dramatically different than my own, but I would not read the book again and, because of the content, would be hesitant to recommend to others.


March 31, 2019

Wow is all I can say about this book. Nikki really tells it how it is and the rawness is insane. I really enjoyed this book on so many levels. Amazing how he was able to keep it together for so long. The pain he felt from childhood was heart breaking and you could defiantly feel the pain through his words. I didn't know he wrote most of the bands songs and even while high or drunk his ability to write so well shocked me. I've read a lot rock band autobiographies and this has to be one of the best. There was no whining or bashing other band members through out the book, ( take note KISS) I liked how he added what others had to say around this time too! Nikki's honestly about his life, and poor choices was an eye opener seeing how an addict really thinks. Periods of the book I felt so bad for him and hoped with each page i read that he would stay sober. Even if you're not a Motely Crue fan this is really a great book to read.

April 15, 2018

Inspiring to know that recovery was possible but the language ...
Inspiring to know that recovery was possible but the language and decadence in this book was offensive. Couldn't even finish it :(

January 6, 2017

I bought this as a gift upon request. I read it first . . . TRASH

December 31, 2018

Couldn’t finish

January 17, 2017

It was pretty much the same thing over and over again
I'm a Motley Crue and Sixx AM fan but, I'm not a big fan of this book. It was pretty much the same thing over and over again. Write songs, tour, get strung out, go home, get clean, repeat.

August 18, 2019

Not Recommened
This book shouldn't be given to anyone to read as a ray of hope. This guy is no one to emulate and look up to. Go to rehab. There's gotta be better options available than a book about an egoistical spoiled rich rockstar who got away with the worst transgressions due to his fame. A rockstar who try's to pin the blame for his drug use on his former girlfriend (a sick and vulnerable defenseless 115 pound woman) who by the way, he punches out cold, kicks down the stairs when she was already knocked out, and threw on the sidewalk like trash - with no repercussions... She apologizes to him! You can hear how he brags about that little incident on The Howard Stern show. No remorse and completely full of himself, and no one bats an eyelash. I've never read a book about such a slime ball as Nikki Sixx. How can anybody look up to this guy as a hero?

It's laughable when he tries to place the blame for much of his drug use on The artist formerly known as Vanity (because she taught him how to be a better free-baser, and showed up with drugs a few times throughout their relationship.) What a joke. He was already doing drugs all day, every day, 24 7, and already a full blown crackhead, and shooting up heroin, and a junkie drug addict who lived with another strung out girlfriend way before he met Vanity. Of course the blame on her came after the blame of a "so-called" bad childhood... His father wasn't in his life, and he felt like his mother pawned him off to his grandparents to raise. Grandparents who loved him.... That's what lead him to such a self destructive lifestyle.... Me thinks Nikki Sixx needs a lesson in what it's REALLY like to have a bad child-hood... Maybe then he would be a real man and take ownership and responsibility for the mess he got himself into with drugs.

P.S. No way do I believe ( or gullible enough to believe) that all these diary entries are 100 percent authentic.

May 31, 2019

Damaged product
I haven't even read the book, which I know is a great book, but my product was torn the second I opened it. I've waited well over a month for my book and this is how I receive it?!

May 4, 2019

I found it very repeditive. Its more of a herion log book than it is a diary.

June 13, 2018

Did not finish
A book about a spoiled brat - couldn't finish it. Maybe he went on to do good - just hope so because the first half of the book he was just a whiny loser.

March 24, 2018

One Star
i love motley. This was written by a third grader

August 22, 2017

I bought it for someone else, and they are ...
I bought it for someone else, and they are not allowed to keep it. I will hang on to it until she gets out

November 4, 2016

Not what I expected
Waste of money.

September 7, 2019

Book falls apart after one reading
Loved the book but after reading it one time it’s falling apart not happy about that!!!!!

March 3, 2019

Sad I couldn’t finish it. Read like someone wrote it in a psych ward
My wife got this book (we both grew up listening to the Crue ) I loved 1st 2 albums ( I was 15 when 1st herd shout) then Theater exposed the band that look was more important than the music. I completely lost respect for the Crue and stopped listening. The nail in the coffin was seeing them on tour for theater. One of the worst concerts I saw as a teenager. That being said I really tried to get into the heroin diaries. I’ve been reading a lot of biographies on rock stars that I admire and I started to read this and had to put this down. I was getting bassaies reading it. The part that Mae it so hard for me was I couldn’t get out from the back of my mind that as a musician Nikki is average at best. He’s a great singer writer for that type of music but even to me that is shallow. The only thing that kept me interested was when vanity poped up. God she was so hot . Anyway as a human being my heart goes out to Nikki. What a douche bag step father. Seems like he was destined to become an addict. I think the deeper issue is codependency & abandonment issues. I admire his courage as to what he had to overcome but I just couldn’t finish the book cause I just don’t respect his musician ship. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, jimmy page, slash, Ray Charles Keith Richards all danced with the dragon some made it some didn’t. I’m glad Nikki found his salvation but do you really think he belongs in the same league as the great musicians.
I again I admire his courage to over come his addiction but just could finish if cause I don’t consider him a musician.

July 27, 2018

Two Stars
Very redundant. Same thing over and over.

March 17, 2018

I read this book many years ago from the library ...
I read this book many years ago from the library and decided to buy it because I remember enjoying it. Honestly changed my mind. It reads slowly, a lot of shock value but not much substance.

Best Books from your Favorite Authors & Publishers

compare-icon compare-icon
Thousands of books

Take your time and choose the perfect book.

review-icon review-icon
Read Reviews

Read ratings and reviews to make sure you are on the right path.

vendor-icon vendor-icon
Multiple Stores

Check price from multiple stores for a better shopping experience.


Enjoy Result