Kiss and Make-Up

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Kiss and Make-Up

Format:  Paperback,

285 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2002

ISBN-13: 9780609810026

ISBN-10: 0609810022

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The paperback publication of KISS and Make-Up promises as much excitement as the hardcover generated in December 2001, with the book garnering reviews from publications such as TV Guide, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, and Gene appearing on Today, The View, Opie & Anthony, The O'Reilly Factor, and many more media outlets. Coinciding with the release of the band's spectacular photo book KISS: The Early Years (see page 44), KISS and Make-Up features four collectible covers, as well as new text from Gene and additional photos his fans have never seen before.

Taking readers through "KISStory" and tracing the band's rise to the pinnacle of rock, KISS and Make-Up tells the story -- in Gene's irreverant and unapologetic voice -- of how an immigrant kid from Israel became an American rock icon.


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2002
ISBN-13: 9780609810026
ISBN-10: 0609810022
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 285
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.0 x 0.75


Review by Library Journal (2003-05-15)

Say what you will about KISS leader Simmons, he's a straight shooter. Born and raised in relative poverty in Israel, the former Chaim Witz came to New York City as a young boy with his single mother and was immediately drawn to TV and comic books to assuage culture shock and loneliness. These provided the rudiments behind the band KISS-fantastic, devil-heroes in outrageous costumes. The author is barbarically clear about his motivation for being a rock star-like many before and after him, music was a vehicle to get girls.

A proponent of quantity over quality, Simmons claims to have had 4600 liaisons (with Polaroids to prove it). He threw any energy leftover from bedroom pursuits into KISS; live shows, merchandising, movies, comic books, and even some decent rock music earned a rabid fan base. Fairly gossipy, this self-congratulatory narrative details a few of the ins and outs of the band (Ace Frehley was lazy, Peter Criss insecure) and Simmons's own past (glimpses of life with Cher). Though slow at times, Simmons's delivery is calm and measured. Fine for large audio collections.

-Douglas C. Lord, formerly with Connecticut State Lib., Hartford

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Review by Library Journal (2001-12-01)

Best known for their pyrotechnic concerts and outrageous makeup, KISS has inexplicably endured for more than 30 years. Frontman Simmons here speaks to that longevity, as well as to the band's sale of 80 million records. After covering his childhood in Haifa, Israel, he quickly moves into the evolution of KISS, which he confounded with Paul Stanley in New York City in 1972. Interspersed with commentary on the band are plenty of details on Simmons's social life.

He clearly takes pride in his rise from an underprivileged kid to a stinking-rich cult figure, disclosing the number of women he has slept with and including early comic-book sketches drawn as an adolescent. These divulgence's will entertain only the most loyal KISS followers, many of whom are probably not that interested in the man behind the grease paint. This is the first authorized biography of the band (and a self-aggrandizing one at that), so there may be some demand. Fans, however, are better off with Dale Sherman's more objective portrait, Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS (Collectors Guide Pub., 1997). Not recommended. Caroline Dadas, Hickory Hills, IL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Paperback available in 4 collectible covers, all with the same ISBN. Fans will want to put all 4 covers together to complete a photo on the front, back and spine. Carton Quanity is 24. Each carton contains 6 copies of each cover. Specific covers not guarenteed if order is less than carton quanities.

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