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Face the Music: A Life Exposed [Format Kindle]

Paul Stanley
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“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)

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In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.

Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music.

With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed—including Stanley himself.

People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 STAR 5 août 2014
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Enfin, mon idole de toujours a sorti son autobio' et je n'en suis vraiment pas déçu.
Je reste toujours perplexe en constatant combien les liens entre les membres de KISS manquaient de chaleur mais, au moins, Paul ne cherche pas à enjoliver les choses.
Un bouquin honnête et bien écrit; assez facile à lire si votre niveau en Anglais est correct. On apprend des choses très intimes sur le frontman de KISS et ce bouquin vaut largement son prix.
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En tant que fan de KISS, j'avais lu les 3 autres bio (Simmons, Frehley, Criss), et celle-ci me prouve que Paul Stanley est bien l'âme du groupe. Au-delà du star système et de ses dérives, il vit cela comme une forme de thérapie, une quête de lui-même. C'est très touchant et humain. On est loin des défonces systématiques à l'alcool ou la drogue. Le groupe est sa raison de vivre, et il nous le fait bien comprendre. Et cela lui permet de s'épanouir pleinement. Tant mieux pour lui !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A remarkable biography and truly inspiring 14 avril 2014
Par ABQ_Music - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been a Kiss fan since seeing them on the Paul Lynde Halloween Special in 1976. Since then, I've read everything I could get my hands on, which is easier to do now than in the early 80's, when they couldn't get arrested, much less get the kind of coverage they enjoyed in their 70's heyday.

This is the biography I've waited for. Chris Lendt's reads like a boring financial report. Gene's, although interesting, just smelled of the self-serving rhetoric we already expected from him. And Ace's and Peter's? Well, we original fans love them, but we've also been lied to by those two who can't even remember their own history. Why would we think their bios would reflect difficult-to-face, introspective honesty?

I know someone who worked with Kiss in their earlier days. Years ago, I asked her what Paul Stanley was like in person. Without hesitating a second, she answered, "Incredibly insecure."

I was shocked. How could Paul Stanley, the living, breathing personification of the perfect rock star be insecure? The sex symbol and desire of countless women? Insecure?

This book goes deep into Paul's fears and insecurities. I have never read an autobiography so unflinchingly honest and self-aware - especially from a rock star. Comparing this book to any of the other Kiss bios is an interesting study of contrasts and group dynamics.

Above all, the book is inspiring. Though my rock star dreams are 20 years behind me, this book serves as inspiration to pursue the realistic dreams in front of me, involving family and friends. His vulnerability and sheer will are excellent testaments and I find him a role model miles ahead of the one I admired through the 70's and 80's.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The most thoughtful and thought-provoking of the four books. 14 avril 2014
Par JM - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Of all the original Kiss members, Paul Stanley has long been the most private. His interviews are always diplomatic and measured, and whatever we heard about his dissatisfaction with Gene, Ace, or Peter were either hearsay or told only from their sides. Now we finally hear Paul's bit of it.

The best thing about this book is that Paul is hands-down the most mature and fulfilled. He came from a long road, starting with being neglected at home and bullied at school. This is a typical start for many famous people, and Paul's fits in with those. The road to fame with Kiss is a well-worn path, so Paul skimps details about debauchery. He implies or is matter-of-fact with those stories, unlike Peter and Gene, whom reveled in detailing the disgusting things they'd do in hotel rooms.

Much of it you can parse out if you've read the other autobios and know about Kiss. Paul couldn't stand Ace and Peter's addict-minded behaviors. They wasted their talents, and ultimately lost their jobs in the band. Twice. I liked Paul's perspective on these matters though because he comes across as not just honest, but logical about the whole thing. Kiss is his job. It's his business. He's put forty years of work into it. Why would he let two addicts ruin that? After reading his account I now understand why two other musicians wear the same makeup made famous by the originals. The originals were too flawed to cut it. They couldn't handle the fame nor the pressure. It happens all the time in other businesses, but because rock bands become personalized by fans, fans feel they have a say in what that band does when they really don't.

As for Paul's personal life, as someone who was also bullied and suffers from social anxiety, I appreciated Paul's candor about having microtia and being socially maladjusted. It made sense to me that he could be the "Starchild," in public but while in private, even just to have drinks, he'd freeze up and pull back. Money unfortunately doesn't erase insecurity, ergo it does not buy happiness. Paul drives this point home quite well. Luckily he does find happiness and this book is written from a warm place, not a bitter one like Peter Criss.

If you only read one of the Kiss members' books, or one rock star bio altogether, go with Paul's. I only deducted one star because he ignored his second solo album (The short tour for it was quite good, find a live video if you can), and was a bit long-winded at times.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 He finally found HIS way 17 avril 2014
Par Tore Skogseth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have to admit that my view of Paul is shaped a lot by watching New Kiss’ appearance on Jimmy Fallon as well as a recently recorded concert from Zurich, which really puts Paul’s comments about earning one's place in the band in perspective. He is a shadow of his former self vocally, and while the showman still is there, it is not easy for me to swallow his constant condescension towards Ace and Peter. I am also an early admirer of Ace, although my view of him changed a lot by reading his autobiography – he comes across as a whiny kid and I was left feeling extremely little of the sympathy he was looking for. However, this is about Paul and his book, so let’s get on with it.

Nobody should have to endure the bullying Paul had to go through, and reading Paul’s own journey of self-discovery is actually quite interesting. He is very right that money doesn’t buy happiness, but he was unable to see that it could buy him the breathing space to actually seek happiness and find out what it meant to him until it happened by chance. One thing that I believe that Paul could have spent more time on is his relationship to his dad, which seems like it changed quite a bit throughout the years. There seems to be an acknowledgement of what his dad’s life was, but very little was said about where they are today.

And Paul’s relationships with others are both the most interesting and the weakest aspect of the book. His descriptions of Ace and Peter appear so clouded by later history that there is nothing left to salvage at all – and that also clouds his description of the earlier years together. There is no doubt that both Ace and Peter messed up royally and that this also impacted Kiss very negatively, but his lack of acknowledgment of what they meant for Kiss in the early years really drags his credibility down. One caption of a picture of Ace stood out: “I like to remember the good times.” However, I had a really hard time finding references to good times with either Ace or Peter in the book. It does not lack in criticisms and judgment – from day one.

While I have followed Kiss since 1980, I have not been a die-hard fan in a long, long time, so his comments about Gene were a surprise to me. I have a hard time with his very negative characterizations of Gene, especially in lieu of Gene being so welcoming to and supporting of him during Paul’s divorce.

All of this being said, this is Paul’s story, and once you get past the “woe-is-me” attitude it is a pretty fast read. It is well-written, and while I would have liked more detail in places, the lack of detail also moves the narrative forward. This is not a literary masterpiece, but it is entertaining enough. I want to give it fewer stars because I really didn't like the way he talked about other people, but like I said, this is his story, and I am probably leaning more towards 3.5 stars than the 3 I can give because it is an enjoyable read.

I am still hoping that one day there will be an excellent OBJECTIVE history of Kiss, but knowing the control Paul (and Gene) wants of everything, and the bitterness from Ace and Peter, that might take quite a while. For the time being, I recommend all four autobiographies with the understanding that neither is telling an objective story – and they all whine, especially about each other.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most balanced of all the KISS books, 8 avril 2014
Par vince benjamin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Iv just finished reading this book. As you'd expect from Paul Stanley this book is both honest and thoughtful. I was however taken aback with his continual (and justified) attacks on Gene Simmons. I have never considered Gene as a business genius or mogul and this book exposes this. He also makes no bones about the difficulties in dealing with both Ace and Peter. The story of his child hood was also a revelation as was the Bill Aucoin downfall. Through this book you can feel Paul's frustration with those around him but he is also very open and self critical which is some thing you never saw in the other Kiss books. Iv been waiting for this book for a long time and wasn't disappointed. If your a Paul Stanley fan I think its very much what you would expect, if your a fan of the other 3 I suspect you may feel some what aggrieved. I recommend that all KIss fans should buy this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Doomed From The Start 19 avril 2014
Par Ju-Ju - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Well, I've completed all of the Kiss books and I must say each brought something unique to the table. I wasn't surprised that each one had a different perspective because that's what makes us unique. People like to say that ego, drugs, alcohol, and work ethic ruined the union but I don't believe that was the problem. This union was doomed from the start because all parties involved shared a common and cruel twist of fate: All of them were abandoned in some shape or form by a parent or both parents. They went right into the world carrying deep emotional baggage and never possessed the tools needed to resolve conflict, build each other up, or learn to not cut below the belt. Instead, they did what all unprepared people do: fight. The lack of strong father figures in their lives shaped their personalities and interfered with their ability to keep working towards the same goals. Everything else was just an effect of their childhoods. Stronger fathers would've given them better self esteem, sense of worth, decision making abilities, mature focus, and no reliance on drugs or medication to ease any pain. While Stanley wrote a better book than the rest, it's clear that all of them desperately needed their fathers. This should serve as a cautionary tale to everyone about the importance of having a strong male presence in a male's life. They could go off and achieve a lot, but they'll always have a void inside. To an extent they were fatherless sons regardless if they were in the home. Cheers to all of the dads out there that work hard to instill great pride in your sons. None were born this way...a parent caused it.
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