KISS: Behind the Mask - The Official Authorized Biography
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Now everything is finally revealed about one of rock music's most outrageous and enduring phenomena. In this definitive, official authorized biography, authors David Leaf and Ken Sharp were given full, unprecedented access to Kiss and their inner circle. Hear the true, uncensored stories from Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing Demon; Paul Stanley, the acrobatic Starchild; Ace Frehley, the axe-slinging Spaceman; and Peter Criss, the levitating Catman drummer. Chronicling the group's amazing story, this one-of-a-kind book also offers interviews with some of the biggest stars in rock music, including Pete Townshend, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others. The only book that truly captures the inimitable and exuberant spirit of the fiery foursome who gave America its second national anthem, "Rock and Roll All Nite," Kiss: Behind the Mask is a must-have for the band's legion of Kiss Army acolytes. * Dozens of never-before-seen photos * The band's story, told in their own words * Exclusive album-by-album, song-by-song commentary * In unique interviews, today's rock superstars tell why they love Kiss.
was KISS reaching out. I was surprised by the fact that the band themselves kind of lost faith in Destroyer—about six months after it was released they got really scared by it. They got scared because it didn't seem to be happening and that the grassroots press was relentless at tearing it apart. They called us every name under the sun. One guy threatened to come to Toronto and pop me on the nose on behalf of KISS fans everywhere. PAUL STANLEY: Initially I think there was a quick 850,000 that
albums. I absolutely commend him and KISS on that album, I think it's brilliant. He only has my utmost admiration. I think he's a very good producer. However, when you compare his style to my style, in those days I think my style of production probably suited the band better. We recorded the album at the Star Theatre in Nanuet, New York. I like to record bands in a live situation and use the acoustics of the room to create the sound and give the band a different edge. It was in the round. We put
problems, I was just not a well person. We came back together, all three of us healthy and well directed, and it worked. VINNIE VINCENT: I ran into Gene and Paul in A&M studios and we talked about some things. It was good to see them again, I hadn't seen them in a long time. Shortly after, I got a call from Gene asking if I would like to write for the Revenge record. I thought it was a great idea. “Unholy” came out great. “I Just Wanna” I liked a lot. BRUCE KULICK: Gene got really focused for
Electric Lady Studios had repaid an old debt to Gene and Paul with studio time. Kramer, who would later produce several KISS albums, had gone into the studio with KISS to produce a five-song demo tape— “Strutter,” “Deuce,” “Cold Gin,” “Watchin' You,” and “Black Diamond.” It was that tape Bill Aucoin used to sell KISS. “Neil Bogart had been a guest on Flipside, and I had produced a number of commercials for him for Buddah Records. I sent him the tape, and after he listened to it, he played it for
points out, “imitation groups are springing up. Of course, they can't re-create our show. Minute for minute, thrill for thrill, it's the greatest show on earth. I don't think there's anything that compares with it. And after the show, kids live the KISS lifestyle, play the records, put our pictures on the wall. If they go out and buy KISS costumes and makeup, they can become us. The last band you could do that with was the Beatles. People bought Beatle wigs and that transcended the music. Don't