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How does an underground oddity become a cultural phenomenon?

For more than 40 years, the rock band Kiss has galvanized the entertainment world with an unparalleled blitz of bravado, theatricality, and shameless merchandizing, garnering generations of loyally rabid fans. But if not for a few crucial months in late 1975 and early 1976, Kiss may have ended up nothing more than a footnote.

Shout It Out Loud is a serious examination of the circumstance and serendipity that fused the creation of the band's seminal work, Destroyer - including the band's arduous ascent to the unexpected smash hit Alive!, the ensuing lawsuits between its management and its label, the pursuit of the hot, young producer, a grueling musical "boot camp", the wildly creative studio abandon, the origins behind an iconic cover, the era's most outlandish tour, and the unlikely string of hit singles.

Extensive research from the period and insights into each song are enhanced by hundreds of archived materials and dozens of interviews surrounding the mid-'70s-era Kiss and its zeitgeist. New interviews with major principals in the making of an outrageously imaginative rock classic animate this engaging tale.

©2015 James Campion (P)2021 Tantor

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The good: great details on what was going on at the time.
The bad: enough useless adjectives to drive a college writing professor leap off of a tall building.

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Great trip down my teenage memories!

I’m a music producer, and while I didn’t really appreciate the role of Bob as written in the production of destroyer when I was younger, today I realize what an amazing achievement this record was at the time. That, plus all the other drama around the beginnings of Kiss are all laid out in this book.

I feel the author does a very good job of bringing the reader to that time and place, filling in details that otherwise would have been lost in time. It was very obvious that the author not only knew his literary trade, but also had a deep emotional connection to the subject matter.

I think this book would be a welcome addition to any Kiss fans bookshelf, or playlist, as the case may be.

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Boring

I couldn't get into it. The play by play of ever song wasn't necessary .