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[Book Review] The First 21: How I became Nikki Sixx

We all have some skeletons in the closet, but Nikki Sixx has a whole graveyard hiding in his. The First 21 takes you through one bag of bones at a time in a very candid journey through his life. His honesty is to be commended, and I felt his pain on many occasions, as he unfurled his childhood demons and his life living as Frankie Ferrana Jnr.
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Sixx A.M. Release Video For ‘The First 21’. Nikki Sixx’s New Memoir, The First 21 & ‘Hits’ Album Coming In October

Sixx:A.M. has unveiled their new single “The First 21” from their upcoming compilation album Sixx:A.M. HITS via Better Noise Music

The album is a retrospective celebration of the iconic band’s biggest hits and fan-favorite songs, which will also include five unheard tracks and mixes, marking the band's first official album with new material since 2016. As the new companion track founding member Nikki Sixx’s new memoir of the same name, “The First 21” looks back nostalgically at the moments where we discovered music, ourselves, and our dreams. 

The compilation is available for pre-order and pre-save now across platforms now https://sixxam.ffm.to/hits 

Inspired by the highly-anticipated release of iconic music legend Nikki Sixx’s new memoir  THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx (Hachette Books; 10/19/21; $30; ISBN: 9780306923708)Sixx:A.M. members James MichaelDj Ashba, and Sixx are releasing HITS as a companion piece to the upcoming book. With a throwback to the band’s more formative years, “The First 21” captures the captivating content of the memoir for fans. After earning 21 years of sobriety, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. Nikki Sixx is still incredibly passionate about his craft and transparent about his life in rock and roll. Now a three-time New York Times best-selling author, Sixx tells the inspirational story of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx in his first 21 years of life. Combining the work of a writer and a musician to offer multi-layered pieces of art, Sixx:A.M. previously released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which acted as a companion piece to Sixx’s best-selling memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, introducing the concept of a book soundtrack into popular culture in 2007. 

Both the book and the album became instant successes upon release, with the book landing on the New York Times-best seller list in its first week, selling out in bookstores around the U.S. At the same time, the album spawned the #1 single Life Is Beautiful,” while simultaneously receiving critical acclaim and eventually achieving Gold certification in the U.S. IGN praised its effectiveness as a concept album, writing, “[It’s] not really an album but rather a musical book. It is almost impossible to recommend any specific songs over others.” Expanding this artistic signature move, The First 21 will now get its own soundtrack with the forthcoming HITS album.

Celebrating their catalogue on Spotify, the band revealed a new “Sixx:A.M. 101 Playlist.”  The playlist offers new and old fans a comprehensive collection of the band’s acclaimed catalogue.
Stream it HERE.

Nikki Sixx also curated a companion playlist to his book called  “Nikki Sixx’s First 21 Playlist”  which features the soundtrack to his formative years and is available for streaming HERE.

Earlier this year, the band launched two new exclusive merchandise collections for fans available for purchase HERE and HERE.

 SIXX:A.M. HITS STANDARD TRACKLISTING

1.     Life is Beautiful 3:35
2.     This is Gonna Hurt 3:56
3.     Lies of the Beautiful People 3:58
4.     Pray for Me 4:13
5.     Rise 3:53
6.     Stars 3:50
7.     Maybe It’s Time 4:21
8.     Skin 3:25
9.     Belly of the Beast 3:47
10.  Are You With Me Now 4:02
11.  Girl with Golden Eyes 4:20
12.   Accidents Can Happen 4:07
13.  Gotta Get it Right 3:12
14.  We Will Not Go Quietly 4:20 

NEW BONUS TRACKS:
1.     The First 21 – 3:20
2.     Talk to Me – Radio mix 3:39
3.     Penetrate 4:38
4.     Waiting All My Life 3:17
5.     Skin – Rock Mix 3:50
6.     Life is Beautiful – piano vocal 3:06 

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