Book Reviews of Tommyland

Tommyland
Tommyland
Author: Tommy Lee, Anthony Bozza
ISBN-13: 9780743483438
ISBN-10: 074348343X
Publication Date: 10/19/2004
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
Apparently I'm in a minority, but I really liked this book. Tommy Lee doesn't come off like an egomaniacal rock star, he comes off like a sweet, sincere, regular guy. Having had the pleasure of briefly meeting him once, that was the impression I got of him in person, and it was reinforced by Tommyland. I've always had a crush on Tommy Lee, and this book made me fall in love with him a little more. What a sweetheart.

However, those who aren't Motley Crue fans, Tommy Lee fans, or 80's metal fans need not apply. The book isn't good enough to stand alone as a memoir if you didn't already know of and like Tommy Lee. That said, it's got some juicy stuff in it and I enjoyed reading it.
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Helpful Score: 5
The most non-insightful, self-centered, boring book ever written. You know it's bad news when part of the book is written by Tommy's penis (seriously). And what's really sad is that he thinks he's really insightful and deep towards the end of the book. Have no idea why I finished this book -- probably was too tired to get up and get a different one from the shelf. No words to explain the horribleness... hours of my life I'll never get back.
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Helpful Score: 2
WOW,This is a great book. You need some thick skin to get through it.
I enjoyed the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a quick read for me,although it was not very detailed. I do respect Tommy Lee for not going into detail about much of his life. He did this very tastefully.(I felt like he may have held back out of respect for his children) Also he did not show any didrespect to any of his ex's.Well written book...I would have loved to have read the real juice,but can feel his total devotion to his family in his words in this book. Everyone should read it,JUST TO GET A FEEL FOR THE REAL PERSON TOMMY LEE HAS GROWN TO BE.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a quick and fun read for any one that is a fan of Tommy Lee, Motley Crue, or 80's hair metal in general.
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Helpful Score: 1
Honestly, I couldn't finish reading it...I feel bad for Tommy. Pams book was way better.
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Helpful Score: 1
From http://rockread.westofmars.com

I thought I knew what to expect from Tommy Lee's Tommyland. After all, I'd devoured The Dirt, the autobiography of Tommy's band, Motley Crue. I'd been transfixed and even a little transformed by Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries.

And now, coming a little late to the party, I've got Tommyland in my hands. At last. And while I was expecting some of it â like tales of his first-ever girlfriend, who possessed a rather unique (ahem) talent â one thing I certainly hadn't been prepared for was narrative asides in the style of a Greek chorus.

Only, this Greek chorus is provided by Tommy's penis.

Yes, boys and girls, you read that right. I've got to note, too, that Tommy's penis is quite the funny character. Maybe even a little bit wise, too.

That's not to say that Tommy himself isn't funny or wise. He's quite entertaining, in fact, and for the most part, Tommyland is quite readable. This is actually high praise; Tommy comes off as a regular guy. He's got his fan-boy moments. He's also got his rock star moments. But perhaps the most poignant moments involve the death of the little boy, Daniel, in the Tommyland pool during a birthday party.

I remember that. I remember an awful lot of what happens in Tommyland, in fact, and I'm not the world's biggest Crue fan. (Odd, given that I keep reading the books they put out.) Yet how could anyone miss the media circus that was his marriage to Pamela Anderson? The jail time Tommy served?

Seeing it from the inside gave me what I was hoping for in this book â a new perspective. Tommy's made me stop and consider how it feels to need to have a few personal moments, only to find a photographer parked in the tree outside your bedroom. It's hard not to empathize with Tommy and Pamela at times. This from me, who admitted to liking the train wreck they seemed to be.

I stand corrected. In fact, the romantic in me would love to see them figure out how to make it work â without the stresses they had to face, without the paparazzi, without the anger.

I always pick up these music-themed books with the hopes that they'll inspire my fiction, or teach me something new. From that standpoint, Tommyland succeeded; the paparazzi bits aren't the only things I learned or was inspired by. Perhaps the biggest inspiration came in Tommy's comments about the almost-constant lawsuits. It's his off-hand manner, the way he dismisses them all with mentions of the legal fees; it's quite telling. His relationship with music, too, is special. It's what a number of my own fictional characters share, so to hear Tommy articulate it the way he does⦠wow. Nothing like the reinforcement that I'm on the right track with, for example, Mitchell. His relationship with his dad, the houseboat episode, is both touching and mind-blowing.

Say what you will about Tommy Lee. I've got a newfound admiration for his gentle, tender side. He may be that bad-assed rocker we've all come to know and roll our eyes at, but there's more to him. Much, much more.

I can't say I loved Tommyland the way I loved The Dirt, or the absolutely brilliant Heroin Diaries. This book didn't knock my socks off the way both of those books did. I don't think it's meant to; it's merely meant to be Tommy's story. His life, his explanation of this wild ride he'd been on up to that point.

I hope there's a sequel, telling us what Tommy's been up to since Tommyland came out. I won't wait so long to read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
After reading Heroin Diares and since I've always been a Tommy fan...i got this book...it tells mostly about just that~ TOMMY....it's not a book about MOTLEY at all...this is such a good book...not quite an autobiography, and he goes to explain that...it's just about key points in his life and it really shapes him as the cool-down-to-earth guy you might already think him to be!!! I wanna be his friend!!! GREAT BOOK...it's gonna have to be a keeper i think!
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I found the book to be very intertaining
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This book was entertaining with pics and his anecdotes from his "best buddy". If your a fan of Motley Crue you might already know some of what is in the book, but you really get to know that Tommy is a passionate man who lives life on his terms. This book humanizes the mega-star that is Tommy Lee. I enjoyed it :)
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I am a big Motley Crue fan, but I did not love this book as much as I thought I would. It was hilarious at times(his private parts have their own story), but overall just "OK". If you have ever read "The Dirt", this book does not even compare.
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This is probably one of the worst autobiographies I have ever read. I am a big Motely Crue fan esp. of Tommy Lee. The book is not that thick either. For the life he has lived I think he could have written a better story.
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This book was interesting. I think I liked it more because I read Pam's book and this gave the other side. There was also some commentary throughout the book from Pam as well. Overall, it was a good read.
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Quick read, the Dirt was better.
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Great book for Tommy fans..I'd already read "The Dirt", so some was not new, but I really enjoyed this- quite the life!
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Reading this book is something like sitting around having a few beers and listening to a great friend tell hilarious stories. Very cool, fun read. Tommy Lee may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but he's damn straight the biggest!
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I'm not sure exactly what to make of Tommyland. On one hand, it's funny at times. Outrageous, too.

Tommy is also fairly even-handed, giving Pam space to say some stuff that isn't always complimentary towards him.

But on the other hand, it's also self-indulgent. And Tommy works hard at finding excuses for his mistakes in life.

In the end, it's not a read that you regret, but your life experience won't be lessened by missing it, either.

And, yes, part of it is written from the point of view of his penis.
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I was really excited to get and read this book. I have read The Dirt and Heroin Diaries and loved them both. Then I started reading this one and was very let down. I really didn't enjoy having his p***s comment about everything. It was hard to take the rest of it serious. Very disappointing.
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Dust jacket missing other wise is good condition