Nikki Sixx Talks God, A.A. and Shocking New Book
By Nicki Gostin Posted Apr 1st 2011 10:43PM
Sixx spoke to PopEater about what led him to this book, his belief in a higher power, the enduring brotherhood of Motley Crue and why he doesn't attend special A.A. groups for privacy-craving celebrity addicts.
Tell me about the genesis of this book.
It started out as me exercising my creative ... I've been doing photography for a really long time, 10 years, and I'm really serious about it. I've sort of kept a lot of it to myself. The more and more I started having a body of work then the concept of a book started to come. Originally it was going to be strictly a photography book, but I was writing because I love to write about the experience, and I guess in a way it became a way for me to understand my life. I don't shoot things for shock value or because I think something is beautiful or ugly. I'm not the type of photographer who does things because of what's in or out. I actually do stuff that I don't even know what it's about. It just comes.
My life has been about adversity and overcoming adversity. Some of my photography subjects, it's unbelievable what they've been through. At the end of the day you go, ''I've got so much to be grateful for."
Describe your style.
Honest, I hope.
You love to write.
When I write whether it's a blog or a response to an email, everything has a flow to it. My favorite writers are beat generation writers. I love their tempo. Usually ones that have a message to them. I like to write things that are positive. Some people call them Sixxisms. I enjoy them, and they come out in my writing a lot. My new one today is don't let the losers win. Water seeks it's own level, you have to be concerned about those that try to pull you down to their level when you're trying to rise above and do special stuff or go through change in your life. Like they say, misery loves company. You have to be aware of that.
How is Motley Crue?
We've been together 30 years, and we're going out on a tour this summer. I think the people make more out of our relationships than it is. We're just brothers.
Didn't Vince bag the band in his memoir last year?
Everybody's entitled to their interpretation of their life.
Do you believe in God?
Yes. I'm in A.A. I believe in a higher power. He doesn't have a face or a name. I guess his first name would be higher and his last name would be power. Mr. Power, I don't know.
Do you go to celebrity A.A. meetings?
No, I don't believe in them. I do everything regular because nobody did this to me. I did this to me. I choose to look the way I look. I wake up everybody and I dress the way I dress because I like it. That's how I like to express myself. I don't feel that because I've been lucky enough to play music and have people know who I am that I should be treated special. We're just the same.
Is it hard to keep yourself grounded?
You are who you are when no one's around and with who you surround yourself with. So if you surround yourself with enablers and bottom feeders then you are one. So I surround myself with really special people because they're really hard to find. I want to rise to that level every single day. I can look as crazy as I want, tattoo whatever I want to tattoo, I can cuss like a sailor, but there's a certain level of humanity and humility you need to stay in if you want to create great stuff. Doesn't mean you can't turn the amp really loud and rip someone's f**king face off but that's all part of the fun. I think sometimes people forget to have fun. I'm having a blast. I'm so blessed, and I don't know why. Is it because I'm different and I don't want to be the same as everybody else? I really accept myself for who I am and not who my mom wants me to be or who society says I should be.
You sound very positive, Mr. Sixx.
I am! I'm ridiculously infectious. I'm an infection you don't need a shot for, at least not on the first date.
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