I know this is the Movie Madhouse but, I will review a book now and then as I do with the occasional album review. And what band is more theatrical than KISS and they have appeared in their own movie KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park and bassist Gene Simmons has had a minor acting career, so, I think they qualify!
NOTHIN’ TO LOSE: THE MAKING OF KISS 1972-1975 by KEN SHARP with PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS
A very entertaining and nostalgic look at the forming and rise to fame of one of the greatest and most successful rock bands ever. Told in the band’s own words along with interviews with dozens of others including label people, other musicians and even fans, this fun book documents how the four founding members of KISS met and came together to become this now legendary rock band through recollections from Simmons, Stanley, Frehley and Criss themselves. There are some nice details from witnesses and those involved on how KISS fought tooth and nail to get respect, shows and finally the success they all dreamed of as youths growing up in New York. There is a real nice assortment of rare photos to accompany all the anecdotes that make up the book and even if you are not a big fan of the band itself, it is a very interesting documentation of how music legends were made and their path to stardom from the inside and outside. A recommended read for music fans of all types and especially fans of KISS!
3 and 1/2 guitars!