just received some promo dust jackets for Gene's
autobiography which gets an official release over here on the
7th February priced at £16.99. Click on the picture to see a
Inside front cover reads:
"Here for the first time Gene Simmons, leading man of the
explosive KISS, tells his story.
Delivered in Gene's own honest, outrageous, uncensored and
often hilarious voice, he tells of his early beginnings in
Israel of his arrival in New York at the age of eight under the
wing of his fiercely protective mother; his first taste of comic
books and 1950's pop culture; his developing thirst for fame,
fun, and girls and his realisation that playing in a rock band
was the key to it all.
Undoubtedly one of the most infamous rock and roll legends
alive, Gene tells the inside story of KISS's reign as the
biggest, most fiercely adulated band in the world. A story both
extraordinary and controversial, Kiss and Make-up reveals at
last the truth behind this larger-than-life personality and
contains dozens of previously unpublished photographs from
Gene's private collection.
Finally the real story of the man behind the make-up."
"From Gene Simmons, the notorious mainman of the supergroup
KISS, comes the whole wild, shocking, and never-before-revealed
story of how an immigrant kid from Israel became an American
rock icon, and created a band whose influence and aura has
endured for three decades"
Inside back cover:
"KISS has released 37 records and has sold 80 million
albums worldwide. Gene Simmons has also acted in films and
television, has written and produced albums for other recording
artists, has managed the recording career of, among others, Liza
Minelli, and was founder and president of his own record label,
Simmons Records/RCA. He has recently launched his film and TV
producing career with 'Detroit Rock City' for New Line Cinema.
Gene Simmons lives in Beverley Hills, California. KISS will
continue well into the 21st century."
Curveboy, a US based fan who has already read it has given me a
review to post here:-
Gene Simmons autobiography, "KISS and Make-Up", like most things KISS over the
last 10 years, just slightly misses the mark. Does he dish dirt? Yeah, but is
it the right dirt?
Several times I lifted my eyes from the pages in disgust. The man is a pig. His
views on women are a step above third world. Though he does have some
interesting things to say on the nature of relationships later in the book, the
first half is less titillating and more disturbing. When he finally gets to the real interesting stuff, the KISS back story, he
gives us some but not enough. Gene Simmons is a rock legend. We know this, he tells us so, over and over
again in case you forget.
He spends a good 1/4 of the book raging on Peter, and another 1/4 raging on
Ace. This is good stuff. It goes a long way towards explaining how Gene and Paul were KISS. But there
are items he never quite gets to. His romances with Cher, Diana Ross, and
Shannon Tweed are all well detailed yet we never really hear what he thinks
about Paul Stanley personally or professionally. Here is arguably the third biggest rock duo of all time (behind
Lennon/McCartney and Jagger/Richards) and he never gets to why they've worked
so well for almost 30 years.
He also breezes though the Vinnie Vincent years, which given all the high's and
lows that came with it should have made for several pages of good reading and
not just the few paragraphs that made it in.
He gets a few things wrong too. "She" was never, and will never be on the
Hotter Than Hell album. He talks about writing with Bob Dylan for the Psycho Circus album, and while
this may have happened, he actually wrote with Bob around the Revenge album.
As it turns out the average KISS fan may have a better grasp on KISStory than
one of the founders.