Backstage Pass

Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and front man and rhythm guitarist of Kiss grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life and shows them how to pursue a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice from a music legend.

In this follow-up to his popular best seller Face the Music, the Starchild takes us behind the scenes, revealing what he’s learned from a lifetime as the driving force of Kiss and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his music career, but to every area of his life - from business to parenting to health and happiness.

Backstage Pass takes you beyond the makeup as Paul shares fascinating details about his life - his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he maintains his inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years of mega success, including selling out tours, 100 million albums sold, and an art career that has amassed more than 10 million dollars in sales. 

Divulging more true stories of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s relationships, hardships, and pivotal moments, it offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock ‘n’ roll icons in history.

This is the audiobook for fans who love living large but also want to take control and move ahead in everyday life. Paul shows you how you can rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day - without missing a beat.

©2019 Paul Stanley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Unlistenable due to narrator

This is book is autobiographical/life lessons/experiences from Paul Stanley, and should be read by Paul Stanley. The way this is read makes it truly painful to listen to. The book and the wisdom within are fantastic, the performance of the reader makes it unlistenable. Booooooo!

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WTF?

A rockstar talking about how great his life is, and how we should live our lives, and his so-called zen like existence. Droning on and on about it! Even to the point of how he makes meatballs and meatloaf? Really? Is this what people came to read about!? Please!! this is terrible audio book that I did NOT expect to be about Paul Stanley bragging about himself incessantly. Once one of my teen heroes in the band kiss in the 70s, I think he should seriously consider retiring from the public guy entirely. Stop beating up the two guys who got you to where you are today. You’ve made it abundantly clear how you feel about Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. One has retired, and one is arguably playing a lot better today than you are today. Yet you are a backhanded comments about them or about is the tackiest thing I have possibly ever heard. You should be forever and only thanking those 24 had you not found them KISS May very well have never existed, and you and all of your issues and shortcomings would’ve just been that for the rest of your life. Celebrate those that got you there man. You have an opportunity to simply make it right for the rest of your life. Do that and I’ll try to sit through the next book that you write. Oh yeah you couldn’t even be bothered to narrate your own audiobook that’s barely 4 hours.? Wow! I’m truly sorry I wasted a credit on this book.

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its rambling. period. it's a roller coaster and although it's not bad, this book is a cash grab.

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I Wish The Author Read The Audiobook

Pretty good. I guess I have a problem with it cuz Paul says "if you're gonna do anything, do it 100%". I believe, if you're gonna sell an audiobook, you shouldn't have someone else read it.

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A surprise

I love KISS. So naturally I'll support what they do. Not fanatically, but I'm a supporter. I read Paul's first book, and it was good. So when I heard this one was coming, and that it was going to be kind of philosophical and self help-ish, I of course was skeptical. Guess what? He pulled it off. There's an insight in this book that I am surprised exists in this guy. The self help part, for people looking for it, could be helpful. The part about remaining positive is the part that I think most people will be taken with. A good listen, do yourself a favor and buy it. You got nothin' to lose. (Kiss fans will understand that reference)

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Wisdom from the Conveyor Belt

When I first started listening to this I thought "Oh this is the stuff that didn't make the first book." As it went on, I feel this is Paul Stanley realizing that our days are numbered and he wanted to pour some wisdom on you. With this in mind, its not a bunch of leftovers. Full disclosure - I've been a fan since 1976 I love that he is honest enough to point out the time when he was (as he put it) "a dick." I love to hear about his philosophies on raising children (especially through a divorce). I often was walking around the neighborhood listening to this and thinking, "I need to be someplace to write this down" as he would often drop a line that was somewhat bumper sticker worthy, but it was SO TRUE. If you read both Paul and Gene's (bass player in Kiss) books you will see a common thread - these guys roll up their sleeves and do the work. With this in mind, even if you're not a Kiss fan I think you'll get something out of this (and make you hungry for meatloaf). At the end of the book, Paul talks about his relationship with Gene. It was very touching and shows that you can co-exist with people who occasionally drive you nuts. I am still bummed about how they handled their Rock Hall Introduction (and not playing). Paul said it would be like spending a night with someone you divorced. In his book, he mentions about dealing with kids in the divorce. What is more important, your hate of your spouse or the love of your child? To this, I say, What was more important the hate of your previous bandmates, or your love for your fans? Water under the bridge... but as a fan, I found that disappointing. I can't wait for the next "Post Kiss" (as they are on the farewell tour) book from Paul.

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Without Paul's voice, it's just a self help book.

"Face the Music" was amazing, and I still listen to it. As a work in progress, myself, it is not just hearing the words that inspire me, and motivate, but it is hearing them from the person themselves. Paul's new book is informative and empowering, but falls flat at times, sounding like a typical self help book. This, I feel, is because of Paul not narrating the book himself. Sean Pratt does a very good job, but its just not the same as "Face the music" For me, the book really kicks in once he starts referring to his fitness, image, and cooking routines. Paul is an amazing man, and I will listen to this many more times. I just wish he had done the narration himself. Its nice to walk, workout, and even drive while feeling like you have the voice of one of your heroes carrying you through the process.

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I didn't Rock & Roll All Night nor Party Every Day

its not what I thought it was going to be about. it's a roadmap to Paul's successful life as an entertainer and family man and should have been left as his gift to his children, not released to Kiss fans. I love Paul the Rock God, not the coffeehouse philosopher.

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Save your money

No backstage, no pass. This book has nothing to do with a behind the scenes look at anything. Misleading title, over blown self-help book .

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He's got it going on!!

Paul Stanley is such a wise soul. He definitely has his head together. He loves his wife and his kids. What a great person he is!! Even if you aren't a KISS fan, you must listen to this book. I was disappointed that Paul didn't narrate, but Sean Pratt did a great job,

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  • 05-31-20

A Great Insight into Paul's Life

I loved getting an insight into Paul's life on and off the road. It shows that even rock stars have things to deal with in life as they go through life's trials and tribulations. Paul's life experiences I could relate to few of them as I'm at that point in my life so it's good to hear his thoughts on the situations. I'm a huge Kiss and Paul Stanley fan, this book is a must have for fans wanting to get to know more about Paul's life. I liked the narrator as I could hear the emotion, what would have made it even better for me though is Paul Stanley himself reading this book I would have given 5 stars for performance then x

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  • Elizabeth Sceneay
  • 10-15-20

inspiring

Thanks Paul this book along with face the music have given me a lot of enjoyment. I will continue to enjoy your music and this book has also inspired me to seek more challenges that will enhance the years to come. Thanks so much.

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  • Ainsley B.
  • 01-25-20

Zero substance.

Struggled to finish. It's hard to sit and listen to a whole book of utter self absorption and shameless slander.

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  • Robert
  • 11-01-19

Quite inspiring and ever self motivating

listening to this book whist going though a breakup and feeling lost was the best decision I made during this hard time.

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  • Mario Ferrari
  • 06-26-19

Disappointing

Love Paul, love Kiss, but this is a self help book. It should be advertised as so. His first book was good, bought this one out of curiosity and because I but anything kiss related. 4 hours of my life that I wished I was doing something else.

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  • Brittany Gordon-Brown
  • 05-15-19

Definitely a back stage pass!

It was great learning more about Paul Stanley as a person, not just a Rockstar. The narrator did such a great job I kept forgetting it wasn’t paul speaking.