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
Thoreau's Walden ("Reading") and Ayn Rand's introduction to The Fountainhead (25th anniversary edition) summarize my library well.
Paul Stanley's autobiography is truly moving and far from anything you'd expect in a KISS biography.
His transparency regarding his childhood trauma creates an instant trust between author and reader. His drive and work ethic to make KISS one of the greatest rock bands of all time is the envy of any entrepreneur. (If two decades of staying away from all the hard drugs he had available to him in his position as Rock God isn't a sign of dedication to his business, I don't know what is.) His discovery of true love with his children and wife is deeply touching.
Stanley is a gifted writer and narrator (who would have guessed he would be so comfortable in front of a studio microphone?); this autobio is well-paced with great candor and wit. He dedicated this book to his children, it's a story that they (and we the public) can learn so much from.
This audience of one is on his feet for this outstanding book.
If you are even a passing KISS fan, this book is full of stories and insights on life, love and rock & roll.
If you aren't, the tales of business success, luck and failure should inspire.
After reading several reviews who pictured Paul as a snob and loving all members of my idols I was hesitant on picking up this book. I was wrong and I am glad I picked it up.
As the front man of this band you expect them to be flamboyant and full of themselves but this was not the case. Going through life struggles like any person and surviving through it all and proving that success can be done if you put your heart and soul to it.
I was expecting to hear the thrashing of Peter and Ace whom I love as well but hearing the behind stories to it I have a different aspect to them two and not that I'm going to stop loving them but I do understand know. Paul did not stop there, he also thrashed Gene who I always thought he was a decent or better business man.
It's always sad to hear the behind the stories of your heroes/idols but just like anybody, we all have our ups and downs in life. How we mange it, survive and make our life better from our mistakes is what is the true beauty in this 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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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