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Makeup to Breakup: My Life in and Out of Kiss

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andlt;Iandgt;LEGENDARY andlt;/Iandgt;founding KISS drummer Peter and#8220;Catmanand#8221; Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock and#8217;nand#8217; roll success and excess. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew heand#8217;d make it. andlt;Iandgt;Makeup to Breakup andlt;/Iandgt;is Peter Crissand#8217;s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that heand#8217;d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock worldand#8212;composing and singing his bandand#8217;s all-time biggest hit, and#8220;Bethand#8221; (1976)and#8212;but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musicianand#8217;s memoir. andlt;Iandgt;Makeup to Breakup andlt;/Iandgt;is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rockand#8217;s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock and#8217;nand#8217; roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.

Review:

"Criss, the original drummer of Kiss and the third member of the band to pen a memoir, delivers an entertaining autobiography written with Sloman, who coauthored Scar Tissue, the memoir by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis. But while bass player Gene Simmons (KISS and Make Up) focused on the sex and lead guitarist Ace Frehley (No Regrets) detailed the drugs, the appealing part of Criss's account is that he keeps the focus on the rock and roll, which results in the best — and most honest — account of Kiss craziness during the band's heyday in the 1970s. Criss recounts the various tactics used by Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley to manipulate him and Frehley to achieve 'the power that Gene and Paul always seemed to want to wield' — and which led to Criss's 1979 departure from the band. But the book's most interesting section explores Criss's early life as a street punk turned hardcore jazz fan in the 1960s; this may be the first time the name Thelonious Monk has appeared in a book on Kiss. Agent: Michael Harriot." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Peter Crissandlt;/bandgt; co-founded KISS in 1973 along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley. He left the band in 1979, embarking on a solo career. In 1995, he reunited with KISS, resulting in a phenomenally successful world tour before he left the band again in 2004. Criss appeared in the HBO series andlt;iandgt;Ozandlt;/iandgt; in 2002, and he continues to write and record music. His most recent solo album, 2007and#8217;s andlt;iandgt;One for Allandlt;/iandgt;, reached #36 on the andlt;iandgt;Billboardandlt;/iandgt; Top Independent Album list.andlt;bandgt;Larry and#8220;Ratsoand#8221; Slomanandlt;/bandgt; is best known as Howard Sternand#8217;s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, andlt;iandgt;Private Parts andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Miss Americaandlt;/iandgt;. Slomanand#8217;s recent collaborations include andlt;iandgt;Mysterious Strangerandlt;/iandgt;, with magician David Blaine, and andlt;iandgt;Scar Tissueandlt;/iandgt;, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedisand#8212;both books wereandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestsellers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451620825
Subtitle:
My Life In and Out of Kiss
Author:
Criss, Peter
Author:
Sloman, Larry
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
KISS; Peter Criss; Ace Frehley; Gene Krpua; Paul Stanley; Gene Simmons; Eric Singer; Tommy Thayer; Vinnie Vincent; Mark St. John; Bruce Kulick; Detroit Rock City; New York; Starchild; The Demon; Catman; long tongues; groupies; KISS army; Psycho Circus; Ju
Subject:
KISS; Peter Criss; Ace Frehley; Gene Krpua; Paul Stanley; Gene Simmons; Eric Singer; Tommy Thayer; Vinnie Vincent; Mark St. John; Bruce Kulick; Detroit Rock City; New York; Starchild; The Demon; Catman; long tongues; groupies; KISS army; Psycho Circus; Ju
Subject:
KISS; Peter Criss; Ace Frehley; Gene Krpua; Paul Stanley; Gene Simmons; Eric Singer; Tommy Thayer; Vinnie Vincent; Mark St. John; Bruce Kulick; Detroit Rock City; New York; Starchild; The Demon; Catman; long tongues; groupies; KISS army; Psycho Circus; Ju
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121023
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4/c 8-pg insert (b/t 20-25 color photos)
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in 19.6 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Criss, the original drummer of Kiss and the third member of the band to pen a memoir, delivers an entertaining autobiography written with Sloman, who coauthored Scar Tissue, the memoir by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis. But while bass player Gene Simmons (KISS and Make Up) focused on the sex and lead guitarist Ace Frehley (No Regrets) detailed the drugs, the appealing part of Criss's account is that he keeps the focus on the rock and roll, which results in the best — and most honest — account of Kiss craziness during the band's heyday in the 1970s. Criss recounts the various tactics used by Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley to manipulate him and Frehley to achieve 'the power that Gene and Paul always seemed to want to wield' — and which led to Criss's 1979 departure from the band. But the book's most interesting section explores Criss's early life as a street punk turned hardcore jazz fan in the 1960s; this may be the first time the name Thelonious Monk has appeared in a book on Kiss. Agent: Michael Harriot." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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