Tommyland

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I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we became one of the baddest-ass rock bands in history. We sold over 40 million albums, we wreaked havoc, we scared parents, and we titillated too many fathers' daughters. I've been married three times: once for just a few days to a Penthouse Pet, for seven years to Heather Locklear, and then for five years to Pamela ...
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Overview

I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we became one of the baddest-ass rock bands in history. We sold over 40 million albums, we wreaked havoc, we scared parents, and we titillated too many fathers' daughters. I've been married three times: once for just a few days to a Penthouse Pet, for seven years to Heather Locklear, and then for five years to Pamela Anderson, with whom I have two beautiful sons. I've gotten into a lot of fights and I've been to jail a few times.
But this book isn't your typical journey in a straight line from day one to day now. I'm more interested in revealing what's most important about my life, like how I cook my steaks; what I think of the tabloids, the truth, my ex-wives, my ex-band, my music; and what an innocent observer might find hanging around my house any given Sunday. You'll get plenty of facts and I'll tell you a story, but my real mission here is to paint you a picture of my life. I want to show you how my memories smell.
I'd like to get into it now, so please take your seats. I advise you to keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. If you have a pacemaker, a heart condition, or if you are pregnant or too damn short to reach the safety bar, I ask that you turn back immediately. Those with weak stomachs, strict morals, or chronic indigestion should put the book down now. For the rest of you, there's one truth that's real across the board: What you send out is what you get back. Send out the good, people, and it will come back to you. There's another thing I've learned over the years, in court, in fights, and in arguments with people I love: There isn't one truth, there are many. This book is my truth.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The pages vibrate with Lee's crazy energy."
-- Entertainment Weekly

"As good as the gold in Goldschlager."
-- Time

"A compelling yet obscene personal treatise, on fame and the insanity of out celebrity-crazed culture."
-- The Washington Post

"Deliciously dirty."
-- Glamour

From the Publisher
"The pages vibrate with Lee's crazy energy."
Entertainment Weekly

"As good as the gold in Goldschlager."
Time

"A compelling yet obscene personal treatise, on fame and the insanity of out celebrity-crazed culture."
The Washington Post

"Deliciously dirty."
Glamour

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743483445
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 9/13/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 111,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tommy Lee was born in Athens, Greece, and moved with his family to California at the age of one. In his musical career he is famous for being the wild drummer of one of the most successful and outrageous bands of the 1980s. A master showman, Lee's antics included performing onstage with a revolving drum kit. Since Mötley Crüe, he has devoted himself to the rap-metal act Methods of Mayhem, on which he collaborated with programming expert Scott Humphrey and rapper TiLo. Lee's last album, a more traditional hard-rock collection, Never a Dull Moment, was released in 2002. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website at www.tommylee.tv.

Anthony Bozza is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Tommyland with Tommy Lee, Slash with Slash, and of course, Too Fat to Fish with Artie Lange. He lives in New York City. Visit AnthonyBozza.net

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Chapter One: The State of the Union Address a.k.a. Chapter Juan

Hi there, my name is Tommy Lee, and there's a couple of things you should know about me right away: I don't like to do the easy thing and I don't believe that there's ever just one way to do anything. If people tell you no or assure you that you only have one option in any situation, trust me, they're lying. There are many doors to your destiny, people. Please believe it.

Anyone who knows me won't be surprised that this book isn't a typical journey in a straight line from day one to day now. I can't really do that because I'm really not into history. I'm going to rail on my high school history class in a few minutes. Right now, though, you have to know that I'm more interested in revealing what's most important about my life, like how I cook my steaks; what I think of the tabloids, the truth, my ex-wives, my ex-band, my music; and what an innocent observer might find hanging around my house on any given Sunday. You'll see, just sit back - you'll get plenty of facts and I'll tell you my story, but my real mission is that I want you to know how my memories smell.

I don't like to leave anyone out of my party - and sometimes that's a problem - but in this situation, I'm going to tell all of you fact-and-figure-loving readers where to find what may be missing here: Head into cyberspace. I suggest starting with Google and I'll tell you what you'll discover there if you type in my name: lots of pictures, porno sites, links to shitty tabloid talk shows - what I call my Untrue Hollywood Stories - crazy fan sites (you guys rule!), plus a recurring Tommy Lee Jones theme. Somehow it's true, but I don't mind because I've been getting awesome fan mail about the kick-ass roles I've played in films like Men in Black for years now. It's crazy because, to tell the truth, I didn't even know I could act well enough to carry a feature. If no one minds, I'd like to take a moment to send a message to Mr. Lee Jones if he's reading.

Mr. Lee Jones,

Sir, I'm sorry if any unusual mail intended for me, Tommy Lee, has arrived at your house. I've received plenty of it over the years, so I know what my fans are capable of. Again, my apologies, and if any of the packages included amazing Polaroids that you've grown fond of, please keep them for your trouble. And good luck to you, sir!

T. Lee

Readers, would you like to know why I've named this ride Tommyland? The word means many things to me: It is the name of my studio, my home, my hard drive, and the place where my nerves and pleasure centers freak each other inside my skull. Tommyland is where my boys were born, it's a playland that my ex-wife Pamela Anderson built for my thirty-third birthday, it is where I lose myself most days making records, having sex, and sleeping. It's the only word I've found to describe what makes me up and what makes up my state of mind.

All right, it's time to start the ride now, so please take your seats. I advise you to keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. If you have a pacemaker, a heart condition, or if you are pregnant or too damn short to reach the safety bar, I ask that you turn back immediately. Same goes for those with weak stomachs, strict morals, or chronic indigestion. In fact, you people might want to just put this book down now and slowly back away or return it to your local bookstore.

I hope those who remain enjoy their tour through Tommyland. If all goes according to plan, expect that you'll leave with side effects including pure fear, a perma-grin that requires corrective surgery, and a true whiff of me. Consumption of Tommyland may

create the urge to get all "woo-hoo" with your friends. Be warned, Tommyland may cause involuntary tears and infrequent vomiting, because Tommyland is a loop-de-loop corkscrew brain masher that Six Flags wished it had.

I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a California suburb by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we became one of the baddest-ass rock bands in history. We sold more than forty million albums, we wreaked havoc, we scared parents, and we titillated too many fathers' daughters. We drank oceans of liquor, snorted and shot mountains of drugs, crashed cars, watched people die, and watched one another fight, make up, break up, reunite, and break up again. I've been married three times: once for just a few weeks to a Penthouse centerfold, once for seven years to Heather Locklear, and once for five years to Pamela Anderson, with whom I have two beautiful sons. I've gotten in a lot of fights and I've been to jail a few times, the longest for four months, in 1998, after pleading no contest to spousal abuse. In 2001, a beautiful young boy named Daniel tragically drowned in my pool during my son Brandon's birthday party.

If you've watched Entertainment Tonight in the last ten years or glanced at the "newspapers" on the racks by the supermarket checkout line, you have an idea of what has happened in my life. If you believe those stories, that's fine. If you believe that there is no more to me than what they say, that's fine too. That kind of "entertainment" is the status quo today. I don't even know anymore if that's what the public craves or if it's just a brand of societal therapy. Do people really feel better watching strangers feel bad? Or is it watching famous people feel bad? Whatever. Just remember that information is like clay: It's easy to get and those with a good hand can bend it into whatever shape they want to. Believe me - I've seen statues of myself I don't even recognize.

Listen, I'm not complaining, I'm just fascinated by this shit. I don't know if you all can relate, but it's weird, it's interesting, and it's fucking frustrating to watch your life become a play that, for the most part, you're not even in.

After years of fighting the shit, and winning and losing all kinds of battles, I've learned one thing: I see the cult of celebrity as a test. You might follow your dream to make art, but it comes with a price. I think what you do, how you act, and who you are after you've made it is the test of your mettle.

I'm not going to get all spiritual guy on you - the books I've read and the religions I've learned from are my business. I'll list them later if you care to check them out, but I'm not going door-to-door with this shit. What works for one person sure as hell might not work for anyone else. But there's one truth that's real across the board: What you send out is what you get back. Send out the good, people, and it will come back to you. There's another thing I've learned over the years: In court, in fights, and in arguments with people I love, there isn't one truth, there are many. This book is my truth. Actually, I've got one more tenet to add to my state-of-the-union address. It's a saying I found in an unlikely place: on a refrigerator magnet that I don't even remember buying. What matters is what it says and where I've placed it. It's in the heart of Tommyland, in my studio, behind the bar, stuck to my Jägermeister machine, and it says it all: We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

Copyright © 2004 by Methods of Mayhem, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Tommy for President!!

    Tommyland is the best book I have read. It was entertaining and crazy. I felt like I was sitting with him on his couch, just talking with the guy. I loved the way the book was written, so laid back and casual. He lets you into his head. You get to know Tommy, not the rock-star Tommy but him as a person. I am glad to tell you the whole book isn't another story of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, although there is much of this, but it is about life. I would recommend this book to anyone under the age of 30.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    Excellent!

    This book surprised the hell out of me! I expected something completely different that what it turned out to be. From the moment I cracked it open, I couldn't put it down. Tommy, you have grown up in front of our eyes. I found your book honest, sincere, sweet, philosophical, and intelligently written. I see you in a completely different way, and with renewed respect and admiration. You've been done a lot and seen a lot, and seemed to have truly learned from your mistakes. Your booked moved me deeply, and showed us all that you are just as real and down to earth as the rest of us, maybe even more so. Thanks for sharing all of it with us. I hope that you are very proud of this book!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Very amazing book.

    I also read The Heroin Diaries and The Dirt. Each of these books were very entertaining and let you into the lives of Motley Crue and it's members. A few things are repeated that were in The Dirt. Tommy Lee wrote this book very well. He is a very good writer and I'm glad I got this book. I must say though, if you don't like Motley Crue, don't read this book. It is a fantastic book all around.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Ugh it sucks so bad

    Bring it back if you bought it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    excellent book

    really a good book, keeps you interested from the very start

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Totally Radical

    This book was the radest thing I've ever read. It makes you think so much differently about Tommy and it made me gain more respect for him and like him even more. Buy it. You WON'T be dissapointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    'Tommyland' - a good read for any Tommy Lee/Crue fan.

    In this book, Tommy Lee's writing is very real, raw, and not to mention personal. It does jump around a bit, but in the end it makes sense the way he writes things, and in all fairness, you are warned right from the beginning that it's not a 'day one to day now' account of his life. It's completely what I expected, and I did enjoy it. So if you're a Motley Crue (especially a Tommy Lee) fan, I highly reccomend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    hot tommy lee

    i think tommy lee is very funny in the book.he is a very charming man.i felt like i was siting next to him and talking to him he is a sweet loveing careing man.i thik its sweet that he talk about his little boys they are adorable.i admire him so much.he seems like a spiritual person every time isee him on tv i get butterflys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    TommyLicious!!!!

    There is no one quite like the super sexy SuperNova Tommy Lee. This book is a down to earth account of Tommy's life. Yes, at times its a little outrageous. But, that is what makes Tommy Lee the persona. He gives you an honest look into his experiences from marriage, hookups, Motley Crue, family, and music. This book is definately interesting for all entertainment lovers. Highly Recommended!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Awesome Book!

    I loved this book! It shows the inside lives of rock stars and the battles they deal with daily.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    So Amazing!

    I just finished reading Tommyland and it was an amazing book. I have been a fan of Motley Crue and especially Tommy Lee for the past 20+ years. I have followed his career from Motley to Methods and as a fan - i have to say that i highly recommend this book. It is crude, hillarious, exciting and touching. He holds nothing back! I laughed, I cried, I felt his hangovers! what an exciting and wild life he has led. But it is also interesting to read about how he has grown up and matured over the years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Tommy Lee has made a fan out of me!!

    This book is fantastic! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover! It was honest, sincere and very well written! It was a heart felt look into the life of Tommy Lee. You would have never of guessed that this was written by the wild drummer of Motley Crue. Tommy Lee is not only a talented musician, he is a very talented author! You will enjoy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    too censored

    The tommy i have read and heard about was crazier than this book was disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Nuffy

    I thought this book was better in some ways then his band mates Nikki . However this book is not about the band at all. Never mention the tours the sex or drugs. That bum me out he just taljs from the heart regarding his wifes and kids.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Not Great

    Okay, I guess I was hoping to be blown away like I was when I read "The Dirt", but this book was a disappointment.

    When your penis co-writes and narrates the book for you, you know it's a bust. Save your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Love

    Love

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    I love Tommy Lee even more after reading his book. This is an ex

    I love Tommy Lee even more after reading his book. This is an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Tommyland for Ti Omm Tommyland on nook

    Was entertaining at times thought provoct







    I enjoyed the book which suprised me only gripe is there were no photos just photo credits



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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    BUY THIS BOOK--It's entertaining, heart-warming & completely RAW!!!

    This book is a breath of fresh air and smelly farts mixed together with the feel of lavender and a nice warm bubble bath! This book is exciting, heart-warming, uninhibited, raw, frank, sincere, enlightening and entertaining. It's one of the best books I have ever read and definitely the best autobiography I have read so far. Tommy Lee doesn't hold back much in this book. He is creative with his writing in the sense that this read is NOT a boring memoir of his life. He opens up about his marriage to Pamela Anderson and his first wife too. He opens up about his kids and the ups and downs to parenthood. He talks in great detail about his life rather than his career but doesn't leave you wanting more information when it comes to his career. He has a great balance in this book between personal disclosure and opening up about his career then, now and what's to come. I loved this book and this book made me respect and appreciate Tommy as a person not just as a musician. Once you pick it up you won't be able to put it down!

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Hmmmm

    Having a convo with your package as if it's helping you tell the story? This story had heartfelt moments but too many things that should have stayed private. Tommy is talented but stick to music dude.

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