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Book Review April 17, 2008
 
Dark As Fuck: A Review of The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
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The appeal of rock-star suffering is simple: it’s not suffering at all. Here's an example of what Nikki calls suffering. Keep in mind that the ostensible point of this anecdote is to show how lonely our star is, deep inside:

"I've been thinking about last Christmas Eve when I picked up that girl in a strip club, brought her back here [to his mansion] on my bike, took her home the next day, then had Christmas dinner all by myself at McDonald's. I haven't made much progress I see."

If that's suffering, then there are millions of horny selfish guys who would love to suffer like that.

The only really radical, interesting thing a rock star could say would be what people dread hearing: "Ha ha, I'm famous and you're nobody! I drink your adulation like blood! You send me all your love and money and I give you nothing! And I'm the happiest man in the world!" Somebody needs to say it. Sonic Youth did an ironic version with "Kill your idols," but they kept on playing live shows and are all still alive and kicking, so they must have known their fans would take it with an art-school wink.

Somebody needs to say it and mean it. If I'd been running Mark David Chapman's defense, I would have made that the basis of my defense: this guy killed Dracula! He deserves a medal!

But the only star who had the bloodyminded courage to say anything like this was Leonard Cohen, who gloated:

The 15-year-old girls

I wanted when I was 15

I have them now

it is very pleasant

it is never too late

I advise you all

To become rich and famous

There's more "dark" truth in those 32 words than you'll find in these 400 pages.


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