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The First 21


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Nikki Sixx is an international rock icon, founding member of Moetley Crue and Sixx: A.M., three-time New York Times best-selling author (with The Heroin Diaries, This Is Gonna Hurt, and Moetley Crue's The Dirt), philanthropist, photographer, and addiction recovery advocate. Sixx had the #1 nationally syndicated rock radio show, Sixx Sensewith Nikki Sixx on iHeart Media, for eight years. In March 2019, Sixx premiered Moetley Crue's hit Netflix biopic, The Dirt, based on the band's 2001 autobiography.


"The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx, is an up-and-comers blueprint to creating one of the biggest bands ever."--The Festivals Hub
"A fascinating read, one that Sixx tells with candor and an awareness of self that few possess."--Audio Ink Radio
" Amazing... The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx is the origin story many have been waiting for.... There are many poignant moments and stunning revelations. You'll learn how he went from sweeping floors to selling out shows at The Starwood, the artists and authors who inspired him, the meaning behind the trademark black lines he wears onstage, how he ripped off everything from Johnny Thunders' look to the name Nikki Sixx, and how James Caan almost lassoed him poolside. However, his determination to succeed is the real story."--The Aquarian
"[Nikki Sixx] follows his searing memoir, The Heroin Diaries, with an equally exhilarating look at the first 21 years of his life... Fans will relish this passionate look at the man behind the hair."
--Publishers Weekly
"[Nikki] writes it in a way where the reader feels like they're there."--Dr. Phil
"A deeply personal plunge into Sixx's dysfunctional upbringing....The journey from Feranna to Sixx - a name he maybe, sort of stole from another local musician who had dubbed himself Niki Syxx - is a fraught and complicated one. But it's a story that Sixx shares with humor and honesty."--USA Today
"This book is so exciting...I love the backstory of [Nikki's] life...What a great book."--Matt Pinfield, "New & Approved"
"[The First 21] explores how [Nikki Sixx's] hand-to-mouth upbringing made him hungry to see his rock-band dreams come to fruition...thoughtful glimpses into the backstory of a very determined musician."--Kirkus Reviews

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