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Heroin Diaries, The

PLU: 846070017124
Format - CD
Genre - Metal
Release Date - 20/10/07

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Most people know Nikki Sixx as the bassist and founding member in one of the most successful bands in rock & roll, M tley Cr e. Sixx is a producer/songwriter who's contributed to albums by Trapt, Saliva and Meat Loaf. Many have read about him in the ground-breaking book, The Dirt, learning how he grew up with a single mom and her abusive boyfriend after his father abandoned him at an early age, then how he was shuttled to various homes, raised by his grandparents before becoming a teenage vandal - breaking into homes, shoplifting and fi nally expelled from school for dealing drugs. And while the Cr e song, "Kickstart My Heart," recounts Nikki's near-death experience after a drug overdose on December 23, 1987, The Heroin Diaries reveals the Sixx saga in a way that a so-called rock star has never done before, opening himself up and laying bare a point at which he's at his lowest. The Heroin Diaries, co-written by Sixx and music journalist Ian Gittins, will be precededby a soundtrack on Eleven/Seven Music inspired by it, as Nikki got together with another pair of producer/songwriter/ musicians, his good friends James Michael and DJ Ashba, to create a musical accompaniment to the text. The result closely follows the outline of the book, a year-long cycle of heroin use and recovery, the 13 original pieces, one for each chapter, from the opening "Xmas in Hell," with its heavy metal ode to the yuletide standard, "Carol of the Bells," through the emotional crisis of the fi rst single, "Life is Beautiful," and the rueful acknowledgment of relapse ("Accidents Can Happen") to the harsh condemnation of childhood ("Dead Man's Ballet"), the painful steps of withdrawal ("Girl with Golden Eyes"), the acceptance of a higher power ("Permission") and a celebration of ultimate spiritual rebirth ("Life After Death"). Together, Nikki, James Michael, who does all of the vocals on the album, and DJ Ashba, who provides the crackling, emotional undertow with his searing guitar work, come together to fi nd the aural equivalent of The Heroin Diaries psychic underpinning. Nikki also reads excerpts from the book, accompanied by someof the most heartfelt and moving music he has written over the course of his remarkable career. Sixx, who will donate a portion of the proceeds from the project to his own "Running Wild in the Night" initiative for Covenant House, which helps fund creative arts programs around the country focusing on music, says the experience of writing and recording The Heroin Diaries has "grounded" him.
Primary Format - MusicCD
LabelBetter Noise Records
Music Genre PrimaryMetal


  • 1. X-Mas in Hell
  • 2. Van Nuys
  • 3. Life Is Beautiful
  • 4. Pray for Me
  • 5. Tomorrow
  • 6. Accidents Can Happen
  • 7. Intermission
  • 8. Dead Man's Ballet
  • 9. Heart Failure
  • 10. Girl with Golden Eyes
  • 11. Courtesy Call
  • 12. Permission
  • 13. Life After Death
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