The Watchman
The Dirt Reviewed
Mar 24, 2019 · 8 min
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Mötley Crüe were a band formed in a time where mythology was everything. There was no social media, you weren’t constantly updated as to what they were eating for breakfast or wether they’d just taken a dump. Instead here in Australia you had to wait for the first Wednesday of every month when Hot Metal came out. You’d race to the newsagents with your pocket money to pick up your copy and find out what antics your heavy metal heroes got up to that month.

Not being spoiled by a constant flow of information meant imaginations could run wild. It turned musicians into gods.

I think that their biography, The Dirt, is maybe one of the most entertaining rock biographies I’ve ever read.

If you haven’t had the pleasure, author Neil Strauss has pieced it together with all members of the band telling it from their own perspective. It’s full of he said, she said storytelling. There is no doubt that the truth probably sits somewhere in between but they spent the best part of their time on tour so messed up and out of their heads I’m surprised they remember anything, let alone anything correctly.

Turning that book into a biopic is not only ambitious but seemingly impossible. Yet here we are.

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