NIKKI SIXX - This Is Gonna Hurt – Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens

April 13, 2011, 7 years ago

(William Morrow)

Aaron Small

Rating: 8.5

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NIKKI SIXX - This Is Gonna Hurt – Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens

In this, his second book, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist NIKKI SIXX aims “to show people life through different-colored lenses,” and that he certainly does by way of photographing “the oddities in life.” In fact, nearly 150 photographs of amputees, midgets, drug addicts, prostitutes, the obese, the disfigured, the homeless, and the generally decrepit – all shot by Sixx – are featured in this lavish 220 page book. Ultimately, this is Sixx’s “struggle to make people see that different isn’t always bad.” The accompanying text is comprised of personal life lessons, journal entries and musings on sobriety, creativity and music. Refusing to hold anything back, Nikki questions how Mötley “went from being best friends… to not really knowing one another.” In fact he states, “The only thing bigger than my love for this band is the heartbreak it can bring me.” Further revelatory details include Sixx’s daily transcendental meditation, his belief that “your ego is not your amigo” and that “pain is a gift. It’s an opportunity to make things better.” A therapeutic process, Nikki is adamant that “this book has uncorked me in places I didn’t know were stuck.” Arguably the most profound statement contained within This Is Gonna Hurt reads as follows: “Don’t waste your death on a half-assed life.”


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