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Makeup to Breakup: My Life in and Out of Kiss

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Founding drummer Peter “Catman” Criss’s New York Times bestselling memoir, “the best—and most honest—account of KISS craziness during the band’s heyday in the 1970s” (Publishers Weekly), now in paperback—“KISS fans will love every word” (Rolling Stone).

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.

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 he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—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.

Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.

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Legendary founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” 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 ’n’ roll success and excess. 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 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.

Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. He endured lean years, street violence, and the roller-coaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Now Peter tells of his eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. 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. Makeup to Breakup is the heartfelt account of one of music’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this. “A must-read for all past and present KISS fans and fans of no-holds-barred rock ’n’ roll tell-alls.”

About the Author

Peter Criss 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 Oz in 2002, and he continues to write and record music. His most recent solo album, 2007’s One for All, reached #36 on the Billboard Top Independent Album list.Larry “Ratso” Sloman is best known as Howard Stern’s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, Private Parts and Miss America. Sloman’s recent collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with magician David Blaine, and Scar Tissue, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis—both books were New York Times bestsellers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451620832
Author:
Criss, Peter
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Sloman, Larry
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:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Legendary founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” 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 ’n’ roll success and excess. 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 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.

Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. He endured lean years, street violence, and the roller-coaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Now Peter tells of his eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. 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. Makeup to Breakup is the heartfelt account of one of music’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this. “A must-read for all past and present KISS fans and fans of no-holds-barred rock ’n’ roll tell-alls.”

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