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The Theater of Pain Behind “Theatre of Pain”

l_a00d8b56208cd73559429fcc981211e3.jpgWhat book do Americans want to read about more than David Halberstam's history of the Korean War but less than Karrine Steffans' memoir of her sexual exploits?

Why, it's Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star; probably because it will contain the best of both worlds– true stories of cold, hard suffering, and stories about STDs.

The recovering addict's tell all book recently appeared sandwiched in between Halberstam and Steffans on a New York Times list of nonfiction releases that received the most advance orders in August.

As a bonus, the book also comes packaged with The Heroin Diaries soundtrack, a CD of new music by Sixx and his compatriots under the name Sixx: A.M.–which is why you might favor Sixx's heart-wrenching story of drugs, music, and personal agony over fellow guitarist Eric Clapton's, whose Clapton: The Autobiography appears two notches lower on the list.

Ironically, Halberstam might be dead, but his book is possibly the only one mentioned here that isn't ghostwritten.

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  • izzy

    its about hsi struggle with addiction....

    NOT std's....there is plenty of permiscous sex...but it never mentions sexualy transmitted deseases

    mentions his herion and coke addiction...