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Revue de presse

“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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 New York, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons co-founded KISS, adding Ace Frehley and Peter Chris to round out the 4-piece band that, in various incarnations, would go on to sell over 100 million albums, making the 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 favorite 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.

Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 480 pages
  • Editeur : HarperOne (8 avril 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062114042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062114044
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,1 x 15,5 x 4,3 cm
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A remarkable biography and truly inspiring 14 avril 2014
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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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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Surprising Self-Help Book, A Slight Kiss Disappointment 18 avril 2014
Par MetalNic1970 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Man does Paul Stanley dislike Peter Criss. The positive to this is Paul doesn't have a problem letting you know how he feels and where he stands with people. Having read the other original member Kiss autobiographies, I found this to be the missing voice in Kisstory that it was, but not the holy grail or final word I was hoping for either. In fact, it's more of an inspirational, self-help story than a rock 'n' roll tell all that it's more packaged as. In any case, it's still a must read for Kiss fans like myself. There is enough insight and even a few new nuggets of info from time to time that will keep the Kiss fan reading the book to the finish line. Though instead of a strong finish like a great encore at a Kiss concert, the book takes a turn meandering more in Paul's warm and fuzzy feelings toward his family and self-discovery, which at times reads like an exhausting mantra of inspirational quote cliches that one could imagine scribed on countless sunset photos and Hallmark cards. After the Farewell tour era, Paul just skims through the past ten years as it relates to Kiss and even somehow fails to mention the incident where his heart had to be restarted when he couldn't perform a Kiss show, leaving Gene Simmons to save the day as a three piece. I'm bewildered why Paul didn't talk about that incident, as it relates to the mortality theme that runs throughout the book.

Refreshingly, Paul Stanley however does finally speak out about his true feelings and criticisms toward Gene Simmons. As a Kiss fan I was a bit surprised and taken back by some of his insight on Eric Carr and the disappointing activities of Bill Aucoin that apparently were kept secret until now. Paul is quite forthcoming about his financial and marital issues more than he is about his rock star lifestyle, which he certainly touches on, but refrains the level of detail one will find in most other books of this genre - including his other bandmates books. Speaking of former band members, the Kiss fan will find interesting insight into the non-makeup era that is typically understated, while it's more or less the same rehashed account of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss with I'm sure a degree of bias due to the present Kiss enterprise and lineup. Though while Paul seems to have a certain level of respect for Ace, he seems to have something more personal going on with Peter in his assessment of him. Paul barely has anything good to say about Peter, and on those very rare occasions, it's more of a backhanded complement at best. I feel Peter's book ironically is the best tell all into Kiss, but Paul's book certainly fills in blanks that only he could being the person that was clearly the most focused member of the band.

Had Paul Stanley written a Kiss memoir separate from his personal life and overcoming underlying issues, I think there could've been an even better, more detailed, and complete insight into Kiss from his account. Paul the family man dictates a great part of the book, while I feel in ways the Kiss part of his story was compromised some as a result. In the end, it explains the present day band, why it is what it is, and where it's unfortunately going with his self-admitted, inevitable departure and spot that will be replaced in the band someday. This echoes the sentiment of Kiss being more of a brand and cover band that many Kiss fans share today and have deduced up to this point. Ultimately Paul's book is just another chapter in Kisstory that still lives on.
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