PRESS RELEASE: THE DIRT, THE CLASSIC MEMOIR BY MÖTLEY CRÜE AND NEIL STRAUSS, AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK FOR FIRST TIME

The DirtDey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will publish the classic rock memoir The Dirt, by the members of Mötley Crüe and bestselling co-author Neil Strauss, in e-book format for the first time today, July 1, 2014. The e-book is available here: Get “The Dirt” e-book. First published in 2001, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band is one of the most outrageous rock and roll books of all time—a nonstop parade of sex, drugs, and rock and roll by one of the most iconic rock bands in history. Today, the book has nearly 750,000 copies in print—confirming Q magazine’s verdict that the book was “the most unputdownable rock book of the year, or, possibly, any year.”

In January 2014, Mötley Crüe announced a history-making Final tour through the summer. This tell-all autobiography—“an unabashed, unrepentant look at the way rock ‘n’ roll used to be lived” (Maxim)—explores the rebellious career and fractious partnership of four of the most influential icons of rock history: Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. Together, as Mötley Crüe, they became the voice of a barely pubescent Generation X, the anointed high priests of backward-masking pentagram rock, pioneers of Hollywood glam, and the creators of MTV’s first “power ballad.” Their sex lives claimed celebrities from Heather Locklear to Pamela Anderson to Donna D’Errico. Their scuffles involved everyone from Axl Rose to 2LiveCrew. Their hobbies have included collecting automatic weapons, cultivating long arrest records, pushing the envelope of conceivable drug abuse, and dreaming up backstage antics that would make Ozzy Osbourne blanch with modesty. As the New York Times summarized, “open it anywhere and find a story to remember.” Provocatively written and brilliantly designed, and hailed as “the wildest rock ‘n’ roll story ever told” (San Antonio Express-News), this book includes more than 80 photos for the most exciting and insightful look ever into the Crüe.

The film version of The Dirt is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with the band’s Final Tour. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa), has signed on to direct the opus. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. “The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.” The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.

“Without a doubt, [The Dirt] is the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling, and utterly revolting.”
—Joe Levy, Rolling Stone

“The Dirt is the singularly greatest sex/drugs/rock reading experience of our age. It’s one of the all-time great rock bios . . . a good dirty rocking read.”
—Charles Bock, NPR

“[A] masterpiece . . . a wind-in-the-face joyride . . . one of the best rock biographies ever written.”
—LitReactor

The first leg of Motley Crue’s FINAL TOUR kicks off on Wednesday, July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and will run throughout the US for 72 dates this summer. Anticipation is at an all-time high for this final run of dates – with many of the stops already sold out. For further information on markets, venues and tickets/VIP packages available, check out http://www.motley.com/tour

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)—has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations, four New York Times bestsellers (including the band’s biography, THE DIRT) and countless sold out tours across the globe, playing to millions of fans. Motley Crue was the first rock band in history to have completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band continues to remain on the forefront of entertainment reinventing themselves via not only their music but also their mind blowing live shows featuring never seen before elements, such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster. Motley Crue was featured in KIA MOTORS’ award winning 2012 Super Bowl commercial. The band announced in January that they will kick off their FINAL TOUR (presented by Dodge) on July 2, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI and that the movie of their best selling biography, THE DIRT, will be hitting theaters globally in 2015.

Neil Strauss is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, as well as The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (with Marilyn Manson), How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (with Jenna Jameson), and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Don’t Try This at Home (with Dave Navarro).

ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS:
HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, mystery, romance, reference, pop culture, design, health, wellness, and religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors, including winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. HarperCollins is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers online at: http://www.harpercollins.com

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