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‘The Dirt’: Motley Crue Memoir Back on New York Times Best Seller List

Motley Crue continues to experience big wins after the release of their Netflix biopic The Dirt.

The latest success for the band involves the Crue’s 2001 memoir The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the source material for the biopic. After a nearly two-decade absence from the New York Times best seller list, the book has made a triumphant return coming in at number six on the Paperback Nonfiction Chart and number eight on the Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction chart.

The Dirt book returning to the NYT best seller list follows news earlier this week that the soundtrack for The Dirt film debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number ten. This marked the first top ten appearance on the chart from the Crue since the release of their 2008 studio album Saints of Los Angeles, which debuted at number four.

The first real sign of the biopic’s reach came via Deadline last week who reported the band’s incredible streaming and downloading gains. Motley Crue’s Spotify streams went up 570%, while their streams on Apple Music saw an increase of 900%. Apple iTunes downloads also went up a whopping 2,027%. Deezer users provided for a streaming increase of 669%.

In other words: Forget about Milhouse, everything’s coming up Motley Crue!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)