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Jan. 22, 2022 – The book describes how his father abandoned him early on and his mother was a wild child who dated Richard Pryor. It also explores how he was never allowed to know his sister Lisa, who was born blind and with Down syndrome. And the book also shares how his grandparents gave him a strong work ethic, something he still treasures today. Not long after the book was published, his band Sixx:A.M. unveiled a retrospective album with their biggest hits. ox News: What was it like revisiting your childhood for this book?
Nikki Sixx: It was surreal. I was born in 1958. I was named after my dad. He’s a proud Sicilian from an immigrant family who made their way from Sicily into New York and across America. My dad was the first to be born in America in his family and the first one to graduate high school. My mom was wild, and he was wildly handsome, so it all probably seemed awesome.
And then we found out that my mom didn’t really have the mother gene in her. She didn’t hold me, take care of me for the first while of my life. And my aunt, her sister, came down and helped. She loved babies. I never really got to connect with my mom. But I did with my aunt and grandparents. And then my sister Lisa was born with Down syndrome. I had a full-blooded sister. She was sent to a facility against my father’s wishes. And then around that time, he left. No one really said why. My uncle said something must have made him “really angry” but he left me behind. I think I was too young to understand the impact that had on me.