Face the Music: A Life Exposed (Anglais) Relié – 8 avril 2014
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“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 selfconscious child to the world’s most visually famous rock band, to, finallywith the makeup wiped awaya 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 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.
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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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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.
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.
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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