Now everything is finally revealed about one of rock music's most outrageous and enduring phenomena. In this definitive, official authorized biography, authors David Leaf and Ken Sharp were given full, unprecedented access to Kiss and their inner circle. Hear the true, uncensored stories from Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing Demon; Paul Stanley, the acrobatic Starchild; Ace Frehley, the axe-slinging Spaceman; and Peter Criss, the levitating Catman drummer. Chronicling the group's amazing story, this one-of-a-kind book also offers interviews with some of the biggest stars in rock music, including Pete Townshend, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others. The only book that truly captures the inimitable and exuberant spirit of the fiery foursome who gave America its second national anthem, "Rock and Roll All Nite," Kiss: Behind the Mask is a must-have for the band's legion of Kiss Army acolytes. * Dozens of never-before-seen photos * The band's story, told in their own words * Exclusive album-by-album, song-by-song commentary * In unique interviews, today's rock superstars tell why they love Kiss.
The official history of the outrageous 1970s and '80s rock band Kiss, David Leaf's KISS: BEHIND THE MASK, is really three books in one. The first part collects revealing, previously unpublished biographical interviews with the band's original four members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, done by the author in the early 1980s. Simmons in particular reveals perhaps more about his childhood background in Israel than in many similar pieces, including his own autobiography: his stories of arriving in New York at the age of 10 with no knowledge of English are particularly atmospheric. A second section features illuminating interviews both with the band, who candidly discuss their often combative interpersonal relationships as well as the seamier practices of the music business, like payola; musical contemporaries like Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent also contribute. Finally, in-depth analysis of Kiss albums like DRESSED TO KILL and DESTROYER, featuring informed commentary from many music industry personalities on the band's songwriting techniques and the albums' production values, rounds out a revealing chronicle of Kiss's two-decade career.
- Biography + Autobiography
- Reference, Composers + Musicians
- June 2, 2005
- June 2, 2005
- David Leaf , Ken Sharp