As Mötley Crüe enjoys the success of their documentary film The Dirt (read our review here and check out our April Fools prank here), the book that spawned it, 2001’s The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band has once again found itself on the New York Times best seller list. Written by Neil Strauss, this HarperCollins publication reached No. 6 on Nonfiction Print Paperback and No. 8 on Nonfiction Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers list 18 years after it’s original printing.
The film adaptation of the bands autobiography hit the small screen debuting on Netflix on March 22nd of this year. It was met with high marks on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring a respectable 85% fresh with audiences. Due to it’s no holds barred, graphic nature, the film garnered it’s share of controversy for it’s unapologetic and honest depiction of Mötley Crüe’s rise to heavy rock stardom chronicling the highs and lows of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle.
Despite the controversy the film resonated with the masses resulting in a ripple effect for the band. Besides the book surging in sales, the soundtrack for The Dirt film sits at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200. Mötley Crüe’s Greatest Hits album has once again broken to the Top 200 and the soundtrack finds itself at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Album and Digital Albums chart. It’s also at No. 1 on Current Hard Music Albums and Rock Albums charts and No. 1 on the Soundtrack Albums chart. The soundtrack rocketed past the Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star is Born Soundtracks taking the No. 1 spot on the ITunes All Genres chart upon its release.
All Crüe singles and albums have enjoyed the high tides, rising in the charts, with streams also sharply increasing.