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KISS: Behind the Mask - Official Authorized Biogrphy (Anglais) Broché – 2 juin 2005

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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ken Sharp has been writing articles about KISS for nearly three decades in such publications as Goldmine. He has also worked as a writer/researcher for music programs on the cable network VH1.
David Leaf is a rock journalist who has written biographies of the BeeGees and the Beach Boys, among others.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting content, lousy editing 29 mai 2014
Par Seth Holmes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first third of the book are interviews from 1979 with the band that are previously unreleased. But if you have followed KISS at all, you know that the information is all things that have been released in other formats, or outright lies by the band. In 1979, KISS was falling apart and the interview reads like everything is all rainbows and unicorns when the reality was at least half the band was tired of Peter Criss, and the other other fourth was, arguably, on the fence.

The book also consists of back handed compliments by other artists. When asked what they thought of the member of KISS, most praised their theatricality but had a poor opinion of their musicianship. This is interspersed with other band information which is hardly new.

The issues with this book are compounded by poor editing. "Ezrin" often appears as "Erin" and there is some issue with lack of a space after every contraction.

So how did it get from the 1 star the first 2/3rds of the book deserved to the 3 star rating I eventually gave it?

The third part. Chronically every album recorded by KISS with interviews with those who participated. The book was released before the death of Bill Aucoin so it was possible to get his insights. There are also interviews from Neil Bogart, Sean Delaney, Bob Ezrin, Michael James Jackson, Eddie Kramer, Mark St John, Vinnie Vincent, Vini Poncia, Eddie Trunk and every other person who has played with KISS, Eric Carr excepted.

The band members, producers, managers, etc discuss the production of every album, what they liked about them, what they didn't like. Simmons is especially frank of his criticism of his own work. They discuss many of their favorite and least favorite songs from these albums. It's insight I'd never seen before and it almost makes up for the crappy editing throughout the book.

It's possible the editing issues are something which occurred in the e-Book transition and it may not take away from everyone's enjoyment of the book, but it really got to me when it was so glaring. Had I not purchased the book, I probably would never have finished it.

Is it a must read? No. Is it a kind of interesting read? Absolutely.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Feeling Like A Kid Again As I'm Re-Discovering KISS All Over Again! 2 février 2015
Par whysoblu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I feel like a kid again as I'm rediscovering KISS all over from their earliest childhood roots to discovering what made them tick in their plight to become one of the biggest rock bands ever. It's an interesting take here as there's not much of that all too familiar fingerprinting going on, just the band members talking individually about their rise to fame with it all thrown together in a cohesive pot. However, the history behind this book is intriguing as this one is really two books in one as the first half of it was scheduled to be released back in the early 80's, but as you'll find out in the introduction it never happened and it sat in a storage box for many years. Amazing huh? That's the kind of KISStory you'll learn about in here and so much more! Definitely worth the relatively inexpensive digital price. As a former Clevelander I'm also loving all the historical concert shots form 1976 at the much missed Richfield Coliseum, a place where I took in my very first Kiss show at. That was KISStory for me!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you only read one KISS book, this should be it! 29 janvier 2012
Par Christer Andresen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As several reviews here have noted, the first section of "Behind the Mask", titled "The Rise to the Top", is a long-lost manuscript from 1979 that was originally intended for release in early 1980 as the first official KISS biography. When you read it, it's clear why it was never published: It was written during the Dynasty tour and paints an incredibly rosy picture of life in KISS that we all know to be less than the whole truth, and at the time it was ready for release - Peter Criss was already out of the band. The manuscript became outdated in a matter of months. Events overtook it.

It's also possible that Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and their several managers thought that there was too much in this story that didn't jibe with the then recent Super KISS Image. Stories of guns and rumbles and car crashes, courtesy of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley of course, would not have been what Super KISS wanted to convey to the masses of ever younger fans that flocked to their concerts in the wake of the 1978 film and solo album stunt.

But this is exactly what makes this part of the book a must-read: In contrast to the rosy "we all love and respect each other so much" hype, this particular feature of the story is an honest snap-shot of KISS in 1979, looking back on their personal origins and their first six years together in an incredible rise to the top of the world. This is KISS standing on a precipice, and in the subsequent couple of years their Empire would disintegrate in a cloud of drugs, alcohol, money and ego, as well as personal and artistic delusions. All the signs are clear to see in the first section of this book.

Section 2, "Speaking in Tongues", is the least interesting part of the book, as it covers the 1980s and early 1990s in a very broad stroke to get as quickly as possible to the 1996 reunion. Fair enough, the book had to pick a focus and couldn't have covered everything in detail.

Section 3 is the real gem, in my opinion. Titled "Shout It Out Loud", this is a muscular 220-page section that discusses every single KISS album song by song, from the making of the Wicked Lester album in 1971, through the beginnings of KISS and every song ever put on record up until 1998. (A new edition must surely arrive at some point...)

And the great thing here is the fact the the albums and songs are not discussed by the authors - we're talked through it all by every member of KISS past and present, and just about every other person involved in the making of KISS records. From Eddie Kramer, Bob Ezrin, Vini Poncia and Michael James Jackson, to Sean Delaney and Bill Aucoin, to engineers Corky Stasiak and Jay Messina... Anyone you could think of has been interviewed and put on record. And Paul, Gene, Ace and Peter are even challenged into giving each album their own personal star rating, which makes for interesting cases of comparing the members' views of their catalogue.

In one word: Powerhouse! A light Section 2 is bookended by the incredibly strong Sections 1 and 3. This is the real story, so much more honest and comprehensive in scope than the Gene and Paul fables of "KISStory". A must-read and must-have for anyone interested in KISS' music and history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I love this book - any KISS or non fan alike ... 6 juillet 2014
Par Veille - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I love this book - any KISS or non fan alike will enjoy getting behind the scenes and discovering the iconic things that went down such as the great stories of how Peter knocked Ace out for being a lazy motherf**ker, and my favourite where they had just seen the film Deliverance and Sean Delaney, while driving the band to their next gig, pretended to run out of gas and got them cowering under a blanket in the back of the van with their famous platform boots sticking out, because they were afraid some local hillbillies might see them and make them their bitches!
It dissects everything about KISS that there is to know about, there are comments from other rock star fans of KISS, commentary by the band themselves, producers, managers, engineers and anyone else involved who happened to have a good story to tell. Plus, so much more besides including superb photos. Great read and buy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Mediocre but fair reading... 23 février 2012
Par SSLLC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I grew up loving KISS just like most kids my age did. I'm 43 years old, my kids are almost grown, ya dig me? I've been fortunate enough to share my memories with my kids of this band and when my oldest was 8, I took him to the "Reunion Tour." I loved watching him during that show as it reminded me of "me" when I saw my first KISS show, oddly enough...at 8 years old. Well, I saw KISS UNMASKED here on Amazon and got it cheap enough-no complaints. However, maybe I bought it because of the above said comments-nostalgia. It's a fair read, a few interesting odds and ends, nothing revolutionary and NOT A MUST HAVE. If you were a fanatic like I was, you already know 80% of whats in this book. You'll find that the author(or one of, the other David Leaf)has a history with this band as in you'll never get the "skinny" on these guys, just only enough without making them look bad(wink), you hearing me? I get the feeling this is "an arrangement." You tell me KISS fans.....I will say, the price was fair enough, I bought it "Like-new" just in case(glad I did)and it was decent reading with a few neat shots and a nice perspectives from the bandmembers.
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