Our March Books 2 Screen pick is The Dirt by Neil Strauss, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars (2001, Dey Street Books). You can listen to past choices over on SoundCloud. We will be meeting on March 26th to discuss!
For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will post a recording of the group to post!
Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, the most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD’d again the next day; and Mick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that’s just the beginning. Fueled by every drug they could get their hands on and obscene amounts of alcohol, driven by fury and headed straight for hell, Mötley Crüe raged through two decades, leaving behind a trail of debauched women, trashed hotel rooms, crashed cars, psychotic managers, and broken bones that has left the music industry cringing to this day. All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare in The Dirt.
It stars Machine Gun Kelly, Iwan Rheon, Douglas Booth, and Daniel Webber.
It was adapted by Amanda Adelson, Tom Kapinos and Rich Wilkes. It’s directed by Jeff Tremaine (Bad Trip, Ridiculousness, Bad Grandpa, Jackass). The film is produced by 10th Street Entertainment, Focus Features, LBI Entertainment and Netflix.
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Last month we discussed If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.