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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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Mandatory reading

If you are a Kiss fan, this is mandatory reading. Paul is the main man of Kiss and this is his amazing story.

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An Inspiration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this to anyone. It is an absolutely stellar memoir! Read by Paul Stanley himself, it is full of more wisdom than one may expect from your average rock star. Paul leaves absolutely nothing unrevealed; he tells his story with utterly unflinching honesty and still manages to find the warmth and humor in life...even in his most painful times. From his earliest childhood, through all of the highs and lows that he experienced with KISS, and everything that came in between. It's all contained in these pages. <br/><br/>In Paul's own words: "I wanted them to know what my life was like...warts and all!!"<br/><br/>And he gives you exactly that: The good, the bad. and the ugly!<br/><br/>

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Very good!

This is for much, the great history of a Rock'roll band by one of his members, written with honesty and humble, of all the years Kiss band have been around the show business. thanks

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I did not know

Huge Kiss fan since I was really young, but never knew a lot of the details. This was a great look into the inner workings of the band, and Paul pulled no punches.

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Awesome Book

I really enjoyed hearing about the life lessons. Paul is very wise and gives great insight

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Having been a KISS fan (on and off) since the mid 70's, I found this book very interesting and enjoyable. There was so much about Paul and his band mates that I never knew. Of course I knew about the rifts among the original members, but hearing some of the details added a new dimension to it all. Another thing that took me by surprise was how conflicted and insecure he was for the majority of his life. It was very heart warming to hear about the revelations along the way that led him to the state of happiness that he enjoys today. There's no denying that the man has a huge ego. You pretty much have to in order to accomplish all he has. However, he seems able to balance that with the desire to do the right thing. <br/>He did a really good job narrating the book himself. I always feel that an autobiography read by someone else would be ... wrong. He does a great job bringing it all to life for us! I laughed out loud several times, got a bit of a lump in my throat a few times...and enjoyed spending time with KISS again after all these years!

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Finally Read Paul Stanley: A life exposed

This Book is Raw, Revealing, and authentic. Paul Stanley is an amazing force of nature. I appreciated him in KISS, but as a person I appreciate him so much more. A Musician, Artist, aspirating Chief, Entrepreneur, Actor, Author. Ask him and he would tell you he is a Husband to a wondeful wife and father of 3 first. I admire his bravery... To live unapologetically.
Kiss Fan or not, Great Book.

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Great book! Inspiring & motivational!

I recommend this book for anybody who loves Rock N Roll or trying to get their dreams off the ground. Loved it was read by Paul Stanley himself. Gave the book a more genuine & authentic feel. Definitely going to purchase the hard cover to see the rare pictures.

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I faced the music and loved it!

I've been a long time KISS fan and was very excited to listen to Paul Stanley's autobiography. I've watched Gene Simmons' Family Jewels and enjoyed seeing Gene's personal, family side. I enjoyed Paul's candor about himself and the behind the scenes drama in KISS. I must admit I most enjoyed Paul's kindness and hard work ethic. He seems to have a very loving and generous heart. He may come across as harsh towards Gene, Ace or Peter, but I understand and believe they have their own version of events that transpired. Paul's petsonal struggle with self acceptance and his willingness to seek professional counseling inspired me. Of course, I want to believe Paul's version of the KISS saga, so I can say I truly enjoyed the book! I took him at his word and I think he did a great job detailing his rise to fame . Thanks Audible! This book is a blessing!

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an amazing book by one of my heroes!

it was ama amazing book! i cannot thank paul enough for the impact he has made on my life.