Nikki six was named as Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr at birth on 11th December 1958. He however took to his alias name to suit his music career as the founder of the rock band called Mötley Crűe. In the band cofounded with Tommy Lee in 1981, Sixx was the bassist. He has since then been a rock star and has undergone several phases so as to reach where he is now, co-authoring the book ‘The Heroine Diaries’ with Ian Gittins.
This is a book composed of 413 pages entailing the happenings in the life of Nikki Six between Christmas 1986 and Christmas 1987. It is the period when the band recorded the album ‘Girls Girls Girls; and the subsequent ‘Girls Girls Girls’ tour which ended with Sixx being announced as legally dead after he was found in a closet lying after heroine overdose.
Sixx’s life in the 1980s was characterized by drugs, music, sex and more drugs. The success of his band at the time gave him the means to pursue the addiction he had for many types of drugs. He could get high on anything and anywhere. With his friends, lovers and even alone, he liked getting high and he was constantly high almost all the time.
The book is actually published about diary entries of Nikki Sixx’s life for a year. It was during this time that he was deepest into drugs especially heroin and cocaine. These diary entries are accompanied by commentaries of those who were around him at that time and his own. It mainly revolves around the life of the band, the shows performed, practice sessions and his girlfriend at that time as well as multiple sexual encounters. Basically it is about the life of a typical rock star during that era most of which centered on drugs.
From the diary entries, the drugs had both highs and lows but the lows were much extremer than any highs ever got. At times coke and heroin made him feel some euphoric joy but many at times he ended up in his closet with paranoid delusions, thanks to the drug use. The diary excerpts themselves show what the drug could do to him. Some are poetic, others vague and others blatantly bizarre depending on the state he was in writing the excerpt. But all in all they serve to drive the point home that drugs cannot do you any good and they may land you into some serious trouble. The Heroin Diaries, which has an album by Sixx’s band as a musical accompaniment, is an honestly written book with the aim of educating all people that living a drug abusive life will only get you down the drains.
The book was first published in 2007 by Pocket Books where it began as the number 7 New York Bestsellers listing. Since then it has been sold out in several stores and is loved by many, more so those who fancy the world of rock artists and behind the scene activities of musical tours. The book has taught a valuable lesson to many thanks to Nikki Sixx who continues to speak loudly on his downfall. Currently, he is working on producing a Broadway film based on The Heroin Diaries. He is a proud husband and father of four.