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
This is the fourth of the original KISS members to pen his autobiography. I didn't read the other three. I tried to read Peter Criss' book, but one chapter in I couldn't take the inaccuracies, hyperbole, delusion and factual failings of Criss' attempt to be somewhat honest, yet redeem his rightfully tarnished image.
Stanley's early life story is extremely interesting and will surprise even the most ardent KISS devotee. Much of the story of his life is raw with emotion and honest introspection. I had always read that Stanley was not big into the Rock drug and alcohol scene, but never knew why. His story explains in a believable way why he never got into drugs, save some marijuana use when a teen. It quickly became clear that his drug of choice was the endorphin high of sexual conquest.
Despite his exploits with the fairer sex, Stanley was extremely insecure and explains that he was almost schizophrenic with the two personalities of the real Stanley Bert Eisen and the rock persona of Paul "The Star Child" Stanley.
The trials and tribulations, success and triumphs of KISS as explained by Stanley do contrast with some of the previous books written by other members and KISS insiders. But Stanley's account seems to ring true based on how things have played out in popular media with the other band members. Was he the glue that held the KISS machine together while Gene was self-promoting and chasing film roles while Peter and Ace self-destructed? I think probably so. Was some of it embellished? Perhaps, but that is the filter we normally use when telling our own story.
Paul was never my favorite as a kid. Ace Frehley was clearly my favorite as a teenager because as a Sci-Fi geek I identified with his character. As Peter and Ace self destructed and Gene had a very public fall from grace with his marriage, public persona and personal life, Paul stands the clear winner with a great marriage, four wonderful kids and much of his fortune intact. The spaceman as portrayed by Tommy Thayer is my favorite KISS onstage character, but Stanley Bert Eisen is my favorite unmasked member of KISS because of the drive, maturity and redeeming character he has displayed. While never perfect, he literally kept his nose clean, clearly kept his eye on the ball, worked hard and rightfully put the KISS entity above individuals. That is why the act can still sell out arenas 40 years later.
His criticisms of himself and the people in his professional and personal life didn't pull punches, but at the same time they didn't go for the throat either.
As for the narrative performance, it was not the most polished of narrations, but it's authenticity being read by the author does give the listener an additional sense and insight into the veracity of this story.
A must read for KISS fans.
This is a must for fans and non fans of Kiss! Having Paul read it to you makes you feel as if he was sitting in your livingroom tell these stories. This is not just another Rock Star book about Sex, Drugs, & Rock N Roll. This is much deeper than that, Paul opens up in a wa I didn't expect, and in such a way that it moved & motivated me to be better at all that I do in life. This book will have you laughing, smiling, and crying. Thank you so much Paul for sharing your soul with the world!
Inspirational and Motivational for anyone striving to achieve something in their lives. Proof that dreams can come true with hard work, effort, and a genuine belief in yourself and your cause.
I loved it. not just rock stars, but a happy ending. the emotionally and physically scarred boy grows up dragging baggage, but finds his place in life through playing a familiar character.
This book was great. Even if you're not a KISS fan, this book has a lot to offer. Paul Stanley's life story is interesting and very insightful. He's also a wonderful narrator. I highly recommend this book.
I have been a KISS fan my entire life and loved getting insight into the band and what makes them tick. I also enjoyed listening to Paul narrate his journey to happiness. Great Book! If you are hesitating, don't!!!
All I can say, is that this has changed my life in many ways. Through this book, I'm inspired to be better and work harder. and count my blessings everyday. Thank you, Paul. Thank you for sharing your story.
Having been a KISS fan for 41 of my 49 years, I believed I was a KISS expert. Paul Stanley is not only greatly talented but amazingly strong. His road is a road less traveled, a path less trodden. I knew nothing of his struggles with hearing and a family's troubles with mental illness.
As a musician he has truly lived for only the music and his love of it.
Also contained in this awesome audio book are stories, both funny and unbelievable. love being a fly on the wall.
Thanks for sharing your life Paulie!!
I don't have a memory of ever NOT living Paul Stanley!! Having seen Kiss 8 times (from Dallas to Belgium)..... I have taken all three of my daughters to see them as well. Love Paul narrating his own story. I appreciate his explaining what happened with Peter and Ace.... When I think of KiSS tho, I envision the original four... but have been lucky enough to witness them all!! Rock on Paul! I love you! ...& WILL own one of your paintings on day!!< 3
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