Watch our Audacy Check In with Nikki Sixx

Discussing his new book, 'The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.'
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He’s one of the most revered musicians in Rock and is giving fans a first hand look at his journey.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx joined Audacy’s Ryan Castle for an Audacy Check In as he discussed his new memoir The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx looking at the first 21 years of his life.

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Nikki has already documented his tales during his time with Mötley Crüe and wanted to take a different approach with this book. As he began the writing process, he had a realization.

“This book was a little different when I realized that I needed to go back and tell the story,” he told Castle. “I couldn’t tell it just from my perspective, I needed to also get other people's perspective.”

Although Sixx wanted to give readers a look at his upbringing, he hoped to get something else out of the book. “I wanted to tell these stories because families are complicated. Bands that are families are complicated and sometimes difficult,” he said.

“I’m able to kind of bridge the two and tell the story and how I interweave between being a family man and in recovery. [To] go back and tell the story about facing some demons and take the reader along in something that might have happened in their own ways. It’s not a dark book, honestly it’s quite light.”

“Your first 21 years, you’re going to get into some stuff,” he added with a laugh.

Writing the book also provided Nikki with some valuable lessons that he learned about himself. “I feel that I was always a pretty nice kid. I care about people and I care about the planet in different ways than other people,” he said. “I obviously care about addiction, I speak out about opiate addiction and what we might be able to do differently.”

He continued: “What I noticed from the beginning that I can remember and document it even through today, is there’s a consistency of being a good person.”

Sixx went on to reveal how addiction impacted that aspect of his life. “During my years of addiction, I lost track of that,” he said. “When I found recovery, I refound that part of myself. That’s why it was so comforting to be sober for me.”

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