Nikki Sixx is among the most revered and recognizable icons within the music business. Because the founding father of Mötley Crüe who’s now in his twenty-first 12 months of sobriety, Sixx is extremely captivated with his craft and splendidly open about his life in rock and roll, and as an individual of the world. In THE FIRST 21: How I Grew to become Nikki Sixx (Hachette Books; 10/19/21; $30; ISBN: 9780306923708), Nikki Sixx tells the inspirational story of his first 21 years.
Born Franklin Carlton Feranna on December 11, 1958, younger Frankie was deserted by his father and partly raised by his mom, a girl who was forward of her time however deeply troubled, and who even dated Richard Pryor at one level while she was elevating him. Frankie ended up dwelling along with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American child—looking, fishing, chasing women, and taking part in soccer—however beneath all of it, there was a burning want for extra, and that extra was music. He ultimately took a Greyhound certain for Hollywood.
In Los Angeles, Frank lived along with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Data—for a short while. However there was no straightforward path to the highest. He was quickly on his personal. There have been dead-end jobs: dipping circuit boards, clerking at liquor and file shops, promoting used mild bulbs, and hustling to outlive. However at evening, Frank honed his craft, becoming a member of Sister, a band shaped by fellow hard-rock veteran Blackie Lawless, and shaped a gaggle of his personal: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Turning down a proposal to affix Randy Rhoads’ band, Frank modified his identify to Nikki London, Nikki 9, and, lastly, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a imaginative and prescient: a gaggle that mixed punk, glam, and arduous rock into the most important, most theatrical and irresistible package deal the world had ever seen. With arduous work, ardour, and a few luck, the imaginative and prescient manifested in actuality—and this can be a profound true story discovering identification, of how Frank Feranna grew to become Nikki Sixx. And it’s a street map to the methods you’ll be able to overcome something, and obtain all your targets, if solely you place your thoughts to it.
Nikki’s band, Sixx:A.M, that includes members James Michael and Dj Ashba, can also be releasing a single by the identical identify, “The First 21,” that’s coinciding with the ebook launch on 10/19. The one might be considered one of 5 new recordings featured on their new Sixx:A.M. better of album entitled HITS, which might be launched on 10/22 through Higher Noise Music.
The HITS album serves as a companion piece to the upcoming ebook. Combining the work of a author and a musician to supply multi-layered items of artwork, Sixx:A.M. beforehand launched The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which acted as a companion piece to Sixx’s best-selling memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Yr within the Lifetime of a Shattered Rock Star, introducing the idea of a ebook soundtrack into common tradition in 2007. Each the ebook and the album grew to become immediate successes upon launch, with the ebook touchdown on the New York Occasions-best vendor record in its first week, promoting out in bookstores across the U.S. On the similar time, the album spawned the #1 single “Life Is Lovely,” whereas concurrently receiving vital acclaim and ultimately reaching Gold certification within the U.S. IGN praised its effectiveness as an idea album, writing, “[It’s] not likely an album however slightly a musical ebook. It’s virtually unattainable to advocate any particular songs over others.” Increasing this inventive signature transfer, The First 21 will now get its personal soundtrack with the forthcoming HITS album, which is now obtainable for pre-save or pre-order HERE.
Nikki Sixx is a world rock icon, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., three-time New York Occasions best-selling creator (with The Heroin Diaries, This Is Gonna Damage, and Mötley Crüe’s The Filth), philanthropist, photographer, and dependancy restoration advocate. Sixx had the #1 nationally syndicated rock radio present, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx on iHeart Media, for eight years. In March 2019, Sixx premiered Mötley Crüe’s hit Netflix biopic, The Filth, based mostly on the band’s 2001 autobiography. Sixx has been a long-time advocate for increasing the help providers for folks in restoration from substance use dysfunction (SUD). He has given testimony on Capitol Hill, made frequent media appearances to debate his experiences, and authored op-eds on the topic in main publications. It’s Nikki’s robust want to assist make a change for the higher concerning what’s our nation’s most prevalent public well being disaster.