The Heroin Diaries Graphic Novel in collaboration with HEAVY METAL
First Time Ever Graphic Novel Adaptation Of The Heroin Diaries
LOS ANGELES CA, August 21, 2017 – Today marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Nikki Sixx’s drug-soaked NY Times bestselling memoir, THE HEROIN DIARIES and SiXX:A.M.’s The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack.
To commemorate more than a decade of sobriety and life lessons learned, Nikki Sixx and SIXX:A.M. revisit the seminal work; announcing Tenth Anniversary Editions of the book and album in multiple formats including: digital LP, CD, CD / DVD, and Special Edition Vinyl, and Graphic Novel. Fans can get a jump start TODAY by pre-ordering these and more exclusively at PledgeMusic.
Nikki Sixx got sober sixteen years ago. A decade ago he shared this story with the world. And yet with the modern opioid crisis looming larger than ever; Sixx’s journey to sobriety and the words and music it inspired remains poignantly relevant.
Chronicling the year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Mötley Crüe’s seminal 1987 album GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, the book not only became a worldwide bestseller but also spawned the band SIXX:A.M., and Sixx’s nationally syndicated daily iHeart Media rock radio show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.”
Says Sixx: “Over the last ten years I’ve met so many people who have thanked me for The Heroin Diariesand say that it saved their lives,” explains Nikki. “But the truth is, writing The Heroin Diaries saved my life too.”
Journey back again into this mega–New York Times bestselling survivor’s story in one of the most “harrowing” (Rolling Stone) and “heartbreaking” (The New York Times) memoirs of addiction ever published and the soundtrack it inspired. The once-shattered rock star shares raw and mesmerizing journal entries from the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again. In never-before-seen photos and exclusive new chapters, Nikki reflects on his decade of sobriety in this expanded 10th anniversary edition of the book.
SIXX:A.M. also celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the re-release of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition. Comprised of James Michael (vocalist, producer, songwriter), Dj Ashba (guitarist, songwriter) Nikki Sixx (bassist, songwriter), the group initially came together to write, record, and co-produce The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which sold over 300,000 copies, and includes the #1 hit single, “Life Is Beautiful,” which became radio’s most played rock song of 2008. Over the past decade SIXX:A.M. has become a full-fledged global rock powerhouse, releasing four additional albums, multiple Top 5 hits and playing the biggest festivals and arenas around the world.
THE HEROIN DIARIES: Ten Year Anniversary Edition by Nikki Sixx is out October 24th via Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster featuring a new cover, never-before-seen photos and exclusive brand new chapters.
THE HEROIN DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack by SIXX:A.M. will be released October 27thvia Eleven Seven Music as a digital album, CD, and CD/DVD. A limited edition vinyl package will also come later this year. All music configurations feature new artwork, personal notes from the band and include 3 newly re-imagined tracks: “Life Is Beautiful 2017”, “Accidents Can Happen 2017”, and Girl With Golden Eyes 2017”.
Also on pre-sale today is The Heroin Diaries graphic novel, a collaboration that Nikki Sixx and HEAVY METAL recently announced at ComicCon San Diego. The Graphic Novel presents the Heroin Diaries from a different angle and gives both insight and understanding to the deadly trap and temptation of addiction adapted by Rantz Hoseley, illustrated by Danijel Zezelj, and Keiron Dwyer, an with exclusive cover art by David Mack.
In addition, Sixx will debut his first-ever photography exhibit in partnership with Leica Camera at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles beginning October 4 (announcement forthcoming). The collection features Sixx’s most precious moments and interactions from the past decade, in images including homelessness and drug addiction amongst other topics which Sixx was all too familiar with before photography helped change his life post-sobriety.
WATCH: “Life Is Beautiful 2017” Lyric Video by Rantz Hoseley HERE
ABOUT NIKKI SIXX: Nikki Sixx is the International rock icon, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M, three-time New York Times best selling author with The Heroin Diaries, This Is Gonna Hurt and Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt, philanthropist, photographer and syndicated radio show host of Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown.
As the creative force behind a multitude of projects, Sixx never stops inventing new ways to express himself and continues to unveil his unusual points of view with new projects. Mediums such as his books, radio shows, music and others have given Sixx the ability to fully develop as an artist. In an age of overnight stars, one hit wonders and YouTube sensations, Sixx has created and maintained a career based on the uniqueness of his content and the creativity he exhibits.
Some of Sixx’s accomplishments include over 100 million in album sales with Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., countless sold out global tours, Mötley Crüe pioneering and selling out the first hard rock residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the award-winning 2012 Kia Motors Superbowl commercial and photographing high fashion for The New York Post’s prestigious supplement, Alexa. Songs written by Sixx have been used in commercials for renowned brands, such as Dodge and Coldwell Banker amongst many more. Nikki Sixx has raised several hundred thousand dollars through his Running Wild In The Night charity for Covenant House California.
Monday through Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show Sixx Sense, which airs on over 115 stations, Sixx discusses music and lifestyle topics as he gives listeners a backstage look at the world and mind of a rock star. Sixx provides his unique perspective and attitude as he welcomes celebrity guests, recording artists and fascinating characters from all walks of life.
Through the show, Sixx also introduced the audience to discover the next generation of new music talent and has helped break a multitude of new artists. Syndicated by Premiere Networks (iHeart Media), the show is complemented by The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx,which airs on weekends. The programs can also be heard internationally by approximately 2.8 million weekly listeners and is available on iHeart Media’s digital platform, iHeartradio. Sixx Sense celebrated its seven-year anniversary in February 2017.
Nikki Sixx is currently turning his bestselling book The Heroin Diaries into a play anticipated to open in 2018. His first ever photography exhibition in partnership with iconic camera manufacturer Leica will premiere in Los Angeles this Fall before traveling on to galleries around the globe.
Formed in 2007 on the streets of Los Angeles, SIXX:A.M.’s mission has remained steadfast: to provide iconic, hard rock to the masses that boasts unrivaled musicianship. Comprised of vocalist James Michael, guitarist Dj Ashba, and bassist Nikki Sixx, SIXX:A.M. have released 5 studio albums: The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (2007), This Is Gonna Hurt (2011), and Modern Vintage (2014), Prayers For The Damned (2016), and Prayers For The Blessed (2016), and 3 EP’s: X-Mas In Hell (2008), Live Is Beautiful (2008), and 7 (2011). The trio has sold over 1 million albums globally and has been facing one of the busiest years of their careers, packing 2016 with the release of a double album in two installments, touring the globe, co-headlining nearly all of the major US rock festivals including, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma as well as playing the biggest European summer festivals such as Download Festival, Rock am Ring, Sweden Roc Gods of Metal and many more.
ABOUT ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC: In 2006, Eleven Seven emerged as the preeminent 21st century rock label. As the vision of Tenth Street Entertainment C.E.O. Allen Kovac, the roster includes Five Finger Death Punch (ex-North America), HELLYEAH, In Flames, Papa Roach, and Sixx:A.M.. This full-service independent powerhouse has achieved an unprecedented string of successes, including FMQB’s 2008 “Rock Label of the Year” and Billboard’s 2010 “Rock Label of the Year.” Year after year, Eleven Seven Music has been a dominant label at rock radio. According to Mediabase, Eleven Seven was 2015’s top independent label in rock radio market share (#3 overall). In 2015, Papa Roach’s F.E.A.R. bowed at #15 on the BillboardTop 200, and their 2017 release, Crooked Teeth debuted at #1 on the Hard Rock Album chart, with their single “Help” spending 6 consecutive weeks at #1 on the rock radio chart. In 2016 alone, Eleven Seven launched successful campaigns for HELLYEAH’s UNDEN!ABLE and Sixx:A.M.’s Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1, achieving Top 25 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while In Flames’ Battles galvanized the veteran act’s career. From radio and licensing, to publicity and marketing, Eleven Seven continues to set the pace for the rock vanguard.
GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, Binge by Tyler Oakley, Selp Helf by Miranda Sings, Five Presidents by Clint Hill, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.
ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER: Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website atwww.simonandschuster.com
ABOUT HEAVY METAL: Heavy Metal is an American science fiction and fantasy comics magazine, known for its iconic blend of dark fantasy/science fiction and erotica. Now in it’s 40th year of publication, Heavy Metal is the fourth oldest American comics publisher, and some of the greatest European and American comic book writers and artists in history have appeared in this legendary publication’s pages, Since the magazine’s inception in 1977, the Heavy Metal banner has been seen in video games, television, and a 1981 animated feature film. In 2015, the brand established acclaimed comic book writer Grant Morrison as its Editor-in-Chief, and launched it’s first-ever line of traditional monthly American comics. The brand is overseen by Publisher Kevin Eastman, and CEO Jeff Krelitz.
ABOUT THE LEICA GALLERY LOS ANGELES:
Opened in 2013, The Leica Gallery Los Angeles was created to celebrate Leica photography. The Gallery provides unparalleled access to a rotation of curated exhibits, with imagery captured by classic and contemporary Leica photographers. Beyond the exhibition space, the Gallery also boasts a 1,200 square foot outdoor patio lounge. This serves as an additional location for Leica Akademie workshops, where professional and amateur photographers learn new techniques and get unique perspectives from featured artists. The Leica Gallery Los Angeles is open seven days a week at 8783 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. For additional information, including lists of current and upcoming exhibitions, please visitwww.leicagalleryla.com.
ABOUT LEICA CAMERA: Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information about Leica visitwww.leicacamerausa.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.