News Segment


June 15, 2007

One of the most creative forces in the artist community, Motley Crue founding member and songwriter Nikki Sixx takes a different stroke with the pen with his first book Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (VH1/Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster), releasing in the US & Canada on September 18. Accompanying the book will be the sonic diary, Heroin Diaries (Eleven Seven Music) in stores August 21 introducing Nikki’s new side-project, Sixx:A.M. as well as his clothing line, Royal Underground.

Co-written with Ian Gittins (The Guardian, Q Magazine), Heroin Diaries is based on Sixx’s journal entries beginning Christmas 1986 where he documented the tumultuous relationship he had with heroin and his mega-selling band, Motley Crue. Chronicling the highs and lows of being in one of the world’s biggest rock bands while being one of the most notorious junkies to survive the excess of the 80s, Heroin Diaries includes commentary from those closest to Sixx then and now who had an all-access pass to his struggle and recovery from his addictions. A portion of the proceeds from the book 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 soundtrack Heroin Diaries is the dark audio companion to Sixx’s diary, written and produced by Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba under the moniker Sixx:A.M., retracing the path from destruction to salvation. The first single from the Heroin Diaries soundtrack is “Life Is Beautiful,” the accompanying video was directed by Paul Brown, who also did the graphic design for the book. Fans are already flocking to the Heroin Diaries MySpace page ( for an early listen to the track with more than 252,000 plays in the two weeks since it was made available. The page also features links to the haunting performance video.

In addition to being an author, Sixx is currently engaged in a wide range of artistic endeavors including photography and fashion design for his clothing line Royal Underground he founded in 2006 with Kelly Gray, former president and creative director of St. John Clothing.

Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in San Jose, California, in 1958 and grew up in Seattle 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 Motley Crue in 1981 with friend and drummer, Tommy Lee. As the cofounder, songwriter and bassist of one of Rock’s most notorious bad boys, Motley Crue, Sixx has achieved international success having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, documented the band’s quintessentially decadent lifestyle in the best-selling 2001 autobiography and soon-to-be feature film, The Dirt, and 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 U.S. Sixx is an avid photographer, clothing designer with his Royal Underground line, author and primarily a songwriter who has written songs with Meat Loaf, Marion Raven, Drowning Pool, The Exies and Saliva.

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