For the first time, the frontman and rhythm guitarist for KISS shares his personal story that captures the breadth of the band’s 40 year career in this uniquely revealing memoir.
In 1973 Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons co-founded KISS, adding Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to round out the 4-piece band that, in various incarnations, would go on to sell over 100 million albums, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Stanley’s standing as the lead-singer, front-man, primary song-writer, and long-time fan favourite makes this a must-read book for the legions of KISS fans and lovers of rock memoirs. For the first time Paul Stanley tells all, with just the right mix of personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories about the highs and lows both inside and outside of KISS. Born with a condition called microtia (missing one ear and rendering him deaf on the right side), Stanley’s traumatic childhood experiences within his family, matched with the social challenges of being visually deformed in the 50’s and 60’s, produced a drive to succeed in the most unlikely of places: music.
Taking readers through the series of events that led up to the founding of KISS, his personal relationships including two marriages, and the turbulent dynamics with his band mates over the past 40 years, no one comes out unscathed - including Paul himself. With both classic and never-before-seen photos and images that capture the iconic visuals that helped define KISS, this is a memoir that will immerse readers in the band Stanley helped to create and sustain through artfully-told stories that are shocking, funny, inspirational, and honest.
About the Author
Paul Stanley is the frontman and rhythm guitarist for KISS, the band he co-founded in New York City in 1973. He is also the writer of many of KISS’s most successful songs, as well as a solo musician, musical stage performer, and painter whose art sales have exceeded two million dollars. KISS has sold more than one hundred million records worldwide and earned more gold-certified albums than any other American band in history. Stanley lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Erin, and four children.
"Paul Stanley proves himself as an artist in music and on canvas and now with a great book." -- Jimmy Page "Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock's great frontmen." -- Sir Elton John "Paul is a great man who has achieved great things. From the Popcorn Club all the way to the Hall of Fame, his story is inspiring and motivating for anyone who dreams big." -- Dave Grohl "An entertaining yet piercingly honest journey from self-conscious child to the world's most visually famous rock band, to, finally-with the makeup wiped away-a place of peace as a father and a man. Paul Stanley's story is both ordinary and extraordinary, which makes it inspiring." -- Mitch Albom, author of The First Phone Call From Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie "For years the members hid their true identities behind cartoon personas and hard rock anthems... After years of carefully maintaining his Starchild superhero identity, Stanley lets down his guard and unleashes a torrent of pent-up feelings that erupt and flow over 400 pages like molten lava." -- Guitar World Magazine "KISS' flamboyant "Starchild" unplugs his high-wattage amps and introduces fans to an even more intriguing character: Stanley Harvey Eisen... [Face the Music is] an indispensable part of KISStory." -- Kirkus Reviews "Elegantly and thoughtfully, Stanley takes us behind the mask of Starchild, his KISS persona, and shares intimately his own insecurities about his physical appearance and his emotional life." -- Publishers Weekly "Most people will probably not associate sensitivity with the flamboyant heavy-metal rock band KISS, and yet in his memoir, front man, rhythm guitarist, and cofounder Paul Stanley succeeds in making a connection with the reader, KISS fan or not." -- Booklist
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.8