Face the Music: A Life Exposed (Anglais) Relié – 8 avril 2014
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Revue de presse
“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
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.
Il m'a donné envie de rencontrer l'homme qui se cache sous cette étoile mystérieuse.
Je le recommande à tout les fans de KISS.
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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.
Paul turns out, unsurprisingly, to be the intelligent, sensitive one. Don't expect minutiae about tours, equipment or particular songs and albums. Those stories are told in detail elsewhere. This is the well written and engaging story of Paul's overcoming a physical handicap (deafness and deformity of an ear) to become one of the biggest stars of the '70s. He holds back very few punches in exposing his take on his bandmates. Having read numerous books by and about KISS I believe I'm more inclined to believe Paul than the others.
Those who aren't fans might be tempted to give this a miss, but if you have any interest in the story of the self described "Hottest Band In The World" told by one who was there, it's worth a read.
The book comes off as....a little bit preachy but is also very inspiring. Work hard and persevere at a realistic goal and you can succeed.