Fotografien von Didi Zill
[All photos by Didi Zill / Courtesy of Schwarzkopf &
can be purchased here
in 1976 Didi Zill, a German photographer & journalist for
Bravo magazine noticed that KISS were making one hell of an
impression over in the States but as of yet nothing in Europe.
Luckily Didi knew something was about to happen and stuck with
KISS capturing hundreds of photos which have now been published
in this book, originally released in 2003.
First thing to note is that this book is huge - around 350 pages and
30cm - i.e. big enough to give KISStory a run for it's money! The book
is divided into sections covering various KISS line-ups from 1976 to
1990. Each section features a background written by music journalist Jens Reimnitz
followed by Didi's photos, and that's about it really - this book is
heavily focused on the photos - there are literally hundreds. One thing
to note is that the book's text is written in both German and
English, so don't let the German title put you off.
sections are as follows:-
- 1976 - Live & backstage in Munich
This first section features some
excellent candid backstage shots of all 4 members, including Peter
& Ace putting the final touches to their make-up. Following this
are some excellent live shots from the show in the Rosengarten,
- 1980 - Poprock
This section follows the band (now featuring Eric Carr) around
during their appearance on Poprock - a German equivalent of Top Of
- 1981 - Video shoot in New York
Around this time KISS were shooting a few promo videos for The Elder
- Didi was invited to take some
shots for Bravo magazine. There's some great photos of Eric Carr in
this section, and one of Paul taking a break behind Eric drums.
- 1982 - TV Studio in Munich
Promo-photos of the band taken in Germany around the time of
Creatures. You will recognise some of the shots in this section -
featuring the band standing in front of brightly coloured backdrops.
- 1983 - Live in Portland, Oregon
This photoshoot took place backstage and was intended to introduce
Vinnie to KISS fans. It was taken in 1983 not long before the
make-up was dropped. The 2nd part of this section features photos
from the show itself.
- 1983 - At the WWF club, Cologne
By now the band have unmasked and are in their brightly coloured
Lick It Up clothes. The back-stage shots for this section were taken
right in front of the mens bogs! There are also one or two live
- 1990 - Live in the USA
This final section has some live & promo shots of the band taken
during the HITS tour.
Overall, this book is without doubt one of the best KISS photobooks
around and definitely gives all the others a run for their money. Some
of the photos you will definitely recognise but their were literally
loads that were new to me. One minor criticism is that some of the
photos are very similar - ie the same shot taken from a slightly
This book deserves to be in any KISS collection.
can be purchased here