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Face the Music Audiobook

Face the Music: A Life Exposed

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 01-25-16
    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 01-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Radio and TV boy.... And loves to listen to Audible

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    "Kiss Rocks!"

    Great audiobook! Nice to hear Paul narrating his own! It was timeless! Kiss will always be an army!

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    Jim 01-15-16
    Jim 01-15-16
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    "Loved it!"

    While I was upset he had anything bad to say about Eric Carr it was nice to see he had some real human feelings about him too. Same with Ace and Peter. Paul tells the whole story here of his life even before KISS making this a very heartfelt story. Every KISS fan must get this as soon as you can.

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    J. L. Street Cape Girardeau, MO United States 01-15-16
    J. L. Street Cape Girardeau, MO United States 01-15-16
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    "Great book!!!"

    I've been a KISS fan since I was a kid, so I was pretty excited to get the book! I doubt that it could have been read by anyone better. I really learned a lot about the band and the individual members and to hear it in the words of a guy who was actually there made it riveting! I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys factual stories.

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    John 01-12-16
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    "pretty good listening"

    the only point I have, is that Paul's narration begins dry, and really doesn't "pop" until the last third. only recommended for KISS fans.

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    Jennifer Harmon 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the better autobiographies I've ever read"

    Insightful, interesting, and intelligent. Contains a surprising amount of good advice for young people and people of all ages. Stanley emphasizes how a good outlook is important to life/success, and appears to walk the walk.

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    Patrick 12-21-15
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    "The Discovery of the True Leader of the band"

    I never knew who was the glue.i never thought it could have been so hard. I always questioned Paul's sexuality but not any more. This book hits most of the big questions head on. It's a must 4 any KISS fan.

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    J Tyler 12-16-15
    J Tyler 12-16-15
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    "The KISS fan in me loved this book"

    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.

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    @Dale_Yeah406 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!!! Very Unexpected and moving"

    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!

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    Norbert 11-30-15
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    "Inspirational and Motivational"

    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.

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    michael CARROLLTON, TX, United States 11-11-15
    michael CARROLLTON, TX, United States 11-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "this book has it all."

    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.

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