In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band.
Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and '60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity.
Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: Music. Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage.
Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed - including Stanley himself. "People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this audiobook, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it." (Paul Stanley)
©2014 Paul Stanley (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Easily near the top. Although never destined to be considered great literature, it is a book that held my rapt attention. Being narrated by the author was a must. It simply could not have conveyed the pathos of a life exposed told by anyone else.
The book has given me insight into a person I have long admired. At times that insight came with a price that was uncomfortable to pay. It revealed personal struggles that I simply had no idea he encountered and overcame. It gave me greater understanding and empathy, and ultimately, greater appreciation for a personal hero. A hero with self admitted flaws and faults, it is true, but a hero nonetheless.
In many ways Paul was the member of KISS most difficult to know. He was never as self aggrandizing, or as self destructive, as the others, thereby rendering himself less accessible to the average fan. His book, in great detail, explains why. He lays bare many painful and poignant secrets that make him who he is.
Very little. There were rare instances when I thought the moment he was recounting was told in an emotionally flat tone, but that could have come as a result of his needing to get through the memory without losing composure.
July 23, 1976. My first concert. My first KISS concert. I caught a glimpse of the limo pulling into the venue (venerable Rickwood Field in Birmingham, AL) and I caught a briefer glimpse of Paul peering out of the limo window. That night became indelibly stamped into my memory and my imagination. Often I daydreamed if I could be any other person in the world, for just one day, I would have chosen to be Paul Stanley on the day of a KISS concert. I could not imagine anything, or anyone, cooler. Face The Music allowed me a backstage pass into the world and life of a bona fide rock god and personal hero. It was rarely what I expected and occasionally not what I wanted to hear, but it was always enthralling. I found I didn't want the book to end and felt a little saddened when it had. I will be forever grateful to Paul. Grateful for many wonderful memories involving his band, a band that would have ceased to exist long ago if not for his perseverance and dedication. Grateful, too, for allowing us to see the man behind the mask.
Absolutely. I did't know much about the band of Paul and was very impressed with his ability to tell his story candidly and in a fun, interesting way
My favorite books are those written and read by the authors and this one did not disappoint. Others that are good include Ann & Nancy Wilson (of Heart) and Rosie Perez
I liked understanding about his childhood and the challenges he faced
Very well done book and I am quite impressed with Paul Stanley. He has learned a lot about himself (both positives and negatives) and taken steps to improve himself and focus on the people/things that are important. He has so many varied interests and is MUCH deeper that what you might think is on the surface.
I would absolutely listen to Face the Music again! Paul's narration of his own story is so very well done, as a LONG-time KISS fan, it's exciting to listen to.
Paul's narration is definitely my favorite part of this audio book. At times, it felt as though I was sitting at a table with one of my life-long heroes, having a conversation about his life. The colorful tapestry that he weaves about his younger days, his trials and tribulations as an insecure youth, the creation of one of the greatest rock bands in history and the turmoil within make for an outstanding listening experience.
There's a point when the band begins to realize that the public wants to know their opinions on topics such as politics and world events. I believe the quote is: "Love Gun wasn't about guns or gun control...it was a song about my dick"! Priceless...
I laughed at numerous anecdotes and revelations throughout the book. Nothing was really shocking, although the story of Paul's family's lack of compassion was pretty sad.
Even if you're not a fan of KISS, Face the Music is an outstanding true story of strength and perseverance and achieving success against a great many obstacles! And while Paul dishes a LOT of dirt about himself, his family and his band-mates (Ace and Peter take quite a beating...and probably deservedly so!), you get the impression that he's held a lot back, too. This is a man that didn't wallow in the negatives that life presented. He pulled himself up and met his challenges head-on. His reward? He's the front-man of the Hottest Band in the World!
I've already started the second listening experience.
The honesty and sincerity of a man who seems to have finally found the correct road to carry him toward his life's destination gives this book a triumphant personal tone much more so than the chronology of a bank we have all loved for years.
It was like a 12 hour Paul Stanley interview, leaving no question unanswered.
It was, and I almost did.
I have been a KISS fan for many years, and I remember the date since I was listening to my first KISS song as I watched the helicopter leaving with President Nixon after his resignation. Since day 1, Paul was my favorite, and as I've aged from that young boy and now near middle age, I have marveled at how underappreciated Paul has been. He writes, he sings, he plays, he creates, he dances, and he, along with Gene, have kept this KISS concept together into their fifth decade. Paul is the true modern day William Shakespeare and Beethoven combined; don't be surprised if 200 years from now he doesn't have his own spot in history books with these other two geniuses. So when I started listening to the book, I wasn't surprised at all when I was totally pulled into the bands 40 year history and found it hard to quite listening when I needed to.
But what I was totally surprised at was Part 6 of his book. This final section of an otherwise brilliantly written book took it to a whole new level. The honesty, sincerity, and openness, along with life lessons he learned the hard way, transformed simple words on pages into some most golden advice any husband or father could even hear. The way he speaks of his wife, his children, and his parents after the stormy seas he survived for many years is heart tugging. Anyone, and I mean anyone, should read Part 6, whether you are a KISS fan or not. You will not regret it.
If you were ever interested in KISS you have to listen to this book. It delivers from start to finish. He holds NOTHING back, and you see why this book is so good. Paul Stanley has integrity. I've always thought of him as one of the best (if not THE best) front men in Rock, but now I respect him as a person, father, and husband.
Listening to someone who is a millionaire describe how it was weird to have everything you want and still not be happy. Also, the fact that it starts off talking about his hear issues really knocked me of my feet (I own many albums and had no idea). This was not likely easy to talk about so there is an immediate intimacy.
Listening to what an idiot Peter Criss is.
I want to find him, and thank him for all of his hard work as a musician, and now as an author. Every musician should read this book.
While it won't be for many years to come, I will cry when this man eventually leaves the earth. I haven't seen Kiss since their first "fairwell" tour, and plan on seeing them this Summer. God bless you and your family Paul. Thanks so much for sharing your story.
Hearing it "1st hand", straight from the man himself. Carried much more impact than simply reading words on a page. It's a very inspirational story. Considering everything that was stacked against him, it would have been very easy for him to have quit.
This was actually my 1st autobiography, so I'm not sure I'm qualified to make comparisons.
The same passion that drove him to 1st form and then fight to keep KISS alive comes through in his narration.
Nothing "extreme" really. I did laugh at several passages. However, learning that public persona I've always associated with Paul Stanley as the confident, even cocky sexpot was just that, a persona. That was while ON stage. Off stage, things were VERY different.
I'm 54, and I "grew up" during KISS' hey day. I've never been more than a causal fan until recently when a friend/co-worker turned me on to some DVD's and I'm quickly becoming a huge fan. I admit I shared the same opinion of many that "it was all about the makeup and the show". The music wasn't that good. All one has to do is watch/listen to the MTV Unplugged set (you can really HEAR the music) to realize that these guys really did make some great music. I also was under the misguided impression that Gene Simmons was the marketing force behind KISS. This book completely dismantles that theory. While Gene has been around through all the "wars", were it not for Paul Stanley, there may not have been a KISS at all, and definitely not one that has lasted for 40+ years !
Paul's great - true kiss fans will enjoy.
Quick listen - blew through it in a few days. Wished he delved more into the solo albums.
I love to read!
A read you will not forget.
The humor. I laughed a lot. Being from New York and very familiar with Jewish culture, I really "got it".
He came across as very curious and interested in other people, you "get it" with the read.
I have never gone to a Kiss concert and couldn't have told you what any of their songs were before I read this book. I just like to hear people's stories. I wasn't expecting to hear great stories told with this depth of honesty and sincerity. I had never heard of Paul Stanley. He is obviously hugely talented, creative and intelligent. Could probably be successful at anything. Really, I just didn't want to stop listening to him talk to me. It is well worth anybodies time and is actually a great book. He could write a lot more! He is a great communicator. Unique. Really glad for his contribution with this book to other artists and musicians. He had high standards and sets a good example for other artists. May the red carpet continue to roll out for him. I think I will listen to this book again.
Part of the joy of this book is based on the fact that Paul Stanley narrates it himself. Any other narrator could not do justice to hearing the real guy reading his own story (at least, in this case)
Even if you're not a KISS fan, you may very well find yourself riveted by this book. I even downloaded some older KISS songs off of itunes in between listening to chapters of the book. I had a new found appreciation of some of those songs thanks to this audiobook.I also learned things I never knew before; Paul Stanley was born with only one ear and played a large part in his emotional insecurities. He's now involved in a group called "ABOUT FACE" dedicated to helping children with facial abnormalities deal with their challenges, etc.
I've never been a big Kiss fan. I liked "Rock And Roll All Night" and such, but that was about it. But after hearing Paul Stanley being interviewed on Joe Rogan's podcast, I was deeply moved to buy Paul's audiobook. It is a very fascinating, surprisingly emotional book. I usually skip around from book to book without reading straight through one book at a time. But I listened to this book all the way through. It had my thorough, undivided attention.
This is not just another rock and roll bio. It struck an emotional chord with me. I even felt like shedding a tear or too at some points. There's just so much content here - The many ups and downs for Paul and the band, Paul's new found meaning and joy with his wife and children, etc. - All I can say is give it a try. You'll be entertained to say the least.
I am aware that Paul Stanley's book is his side of the story and that the other members have their sides of the story. I'm not naive, But Paul's book is DEFINITELY worth hearing. It's certainly worth the price of admission!
I would definitely listen to it again..and again...it is inspirational...and it a great story of a character that found what life is all about...after facing trial and tribulations of stardom.
It is like he is reading the story/memories to you..phenomenal
If you are KISS fan this is a must...if you are Paul Stanley fan this is a must...if you like great stories...about real life...then give this a try and you won't be sorry. Thank you Paul.
"You wanted the best you got the best"
Read with true feeling by the author
It was a true insight of the man & the band from the beginning
This is the first book he has done so I cannot compare
Yes, I wanted to keep listen whenever I could.
A full and honest account of a true rock god!
"Riveting and insightful"
Paul is very frank and holds little back
The fact hat Paul narrate his own story
Hold your attention
Many stories and facts of the great man himself. Been a fan for many years and still the best of the original member in my eyes. I found out lots of things I didn't know about him in this Autobiography and it's awesome to hear the man himself read it to you. Enjoy!
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