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Nikki Sixx: Ace photographer?

June 23, 2011 |  5:36 pm


Multiple sides of Nikki Sixx's personality will be on display around Los Angeles in the latter half of August. His band Mötley Crüe will perform in the Sunset Strip Music Fest on Aug. 20;  on Aug. 25, fans can get a glimpse of a lesser-known facet of the Sixx oeuvre at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City when he discusses his approach to photography.

But Sixx isn't hiding a PhD in his bass case. The artist has a new book, "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx," and Sixx's appearance at the Annnenberg Space is no doubt something of a promotional one. The book is a follow-up to his 2007 memoir, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star," and Culture Monster has a little more details:  

Promo material for Sixx's new book -- which has a companion-piece album, "This is Gonna Hurt," by his  other musical crew, the band Sixx:A.M. -- says it combines photography with journal entries and bits of memoir as its author "explores what true beauty is."

That theme (along with his presumed drawing power) helps explain Sixx's impending gig as a guest lecturer at an arts venue. The Annenberg Space's current exhibition is "Beauty Culture," in which about 500 photographs by more than 100 fashion and documentary photographers explore the subject in sections that include "The Hollywood Glamour Machine," "The Marilyn Syndrome" and "What Size is Beauty?"

Reservations for the free event can be made starting at noon Aug. 17 via the Annenberg website. Learn more about the space's current exhibit here.


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Photo: Mötley Crüe preforms at Crüe Fest at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino in 2009. Photo: Los Angeles Times