Fueled by an explosive mix of makeup, costumes, and attitude, KISS burst onto the music scene 30 years ago and has become a rock institution. The band has sold more than 80 million records, has broken every concert attendance record set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, stands behind the Beatles alone in number of gold records from any group in history, and has spawned more than 2,500 licenses.
There would have been no KISS without Gene Simmons, the outrageous star whose superlong tongue, legendary sexual exploits, and demonic makeup have made him a rock icon. KISS and Make-Up is the wild, shocking, unbelievable story, from the man himself, about how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was saved by rock and roll, and became one of the most notorious rock stars the world has ever seen.
©2001 Gene Simmons; (P)2003 Gene Simmons, All Rights Reserved
"A sterling if ephemeral addition to pop-music collections." (Booklist)
Gene's tongue delivers
Reminds me a bit of "Hell's Angels" by Hunter S. Thompson. Only not. At all.
Never listened to anything else by him.
"Sex, No Drugs, and Rock n' Roll"
The reading done by Gene Simmons is mediocre, he over pronounces everything, and I found that a little irritating.
Yes, i would, the story was still ok.
The narration was a little dull, so just listened for the story.
Yes, would be good to have a follow up.
Overall not a bad book, but could have been better.
Lots of behind the scenes of the best band in the history of music !!!
Any fan of Gene Simmons and KISS will really like this !
It's kinda low on my List. Though Kiss is a favorite band of mine.
Emotional Peter Criss had to be my favorite. Who would have thought this band so disfunctional.
I liked alot of the stories, this book if full of stuff. Good or bad it's very entertaining.
Gene's early life in Isreal and his coming to America.
Gene could have used some counceling earlier on in his life. I do like his go get it attitude.
Because I know how hard Gene Simmons worked to gain the fame he has, I was interested in hearing the progression the band took. I found Gene's voice to be irritatingly monotone, he was obviously reading his own book. There was hardly any emotion in it. And he never forgot to tell the listener how many women he had, which after a few hundred times, got really old. Honestly, if you're interested, like I was, read a paperback of this book.
As a Kiss fan I eat up most anything about the band. I can sum this book up in one sentence. This is the story of Kiss from Gene Simmons Perspective.
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