The First 21
How I Became Nikki Sixx
Rock-and-roll icon and three-time bestselling author Nikki Sixx tells his origin story: how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx, chronicling his fascinating journey from irrepressible Idaho farmboy to the man who formed the revolutionary rock group Mötley Crüe.
Nikki Sixx is one of the most respected, recognizable, and entrepreneurial icons in the music industry. As the founder of Mötley Crüe, who is now in his twenty-first year of sobriety, Sixx is incredibly passionate about his craft and wonderfully open about his life in rock and roll, and as a person of the world. Born Franklin Carlton Feranna on December 11, 1958, young Frankie was abandoned by his father and partly raised by his mother, a woman who was ahead of her time but deeply troubled. Frankie ended up living with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all, there was a burning desire for more, and that more was music. He eventually took a Greyhound bound for Hollywood.
In Los Angeles, Frank lived with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Records—for a short time. But there was no easy path to the top. He was soon on his own. There were dead-end jobs: dipping circuit boards, clerking at liquor and record stores, selling used light bulbs, and hustling to survive. But at night, Frank honed his craft, joining Sister, a band formed by fellow hard-rock veteran Blackie Lawless, and formed a group of his own: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Turning down an offer to join Randy Rhoads’s band, Frank changed his name to Nikki London, Nikki Nine, and, finally, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a vision: a group that combined punk, glam, and hard rock into the biggest, most theatrical and irresistible package the world had ever seen. With hard work, passion, and some luck, the vision manifested in reality—and this is a profound true story finding identity, of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx. It's also a road map to the ways you can overcome anything, and achieve all of your goals, if only you put your mind to it.
Sixx, bass player of the seminal metal band M tley Cr e, follows his searing memoir, The Heroin Diaries, with an equally exhilarating look at the first 21 years of his life. Born Frank Ferrana in Idaho in 1958, he lived "paycheck to paycheck" with his mother and called a number of places home, until he moved in with his grandparents and settled into a more normal adolescence, playing football and blaring his music too loudly. After a stint in Seattle, where he saw Led Zeppelin perform for the first time, he moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to pursue a career in music. His story picks up speed as he recalls a high-octane era of working dead-end jobs by day and trying to make it in the competitive Hollywood music scene by night ("I was always thinking, always strategizing, always out at the clubs"), and spinning through a revolving door of lead singers and gritty venues in the late '70s with his band, London, before finally founding M tley Cr e in 1981. He also shares the humorous origin story of his stage name, Nikki Sixx which he stole from another front man (after also stealing the singer's girlfriend). Fans will relish this passionate look at the man behind the hair. Agent: Chris Nilsson, 10th Street Entertainment.
Another great book from a great artist.
I loved Heroin Diaries but this book doesn’t have the same gravitas, the same passion. Seemed a dry retelling of facts.
Heart’s like an open book…for the whole world to read…
Parts of this book are going into my professional library.
When the chips are down for so many like they have been for the last 2 years, Sixx hits it out of the park with a book about hope, perseverance and ultimate success after so much rejection and adversity.
Well done, Nikki. Well done.