By Gene Simmons
You sought after the reality, you were given the truth—the most popular booklet within the world!
Fueled by means of an explosive mixture of make-up, costumes, and perspective, KISS burst onto the song scene thirty years in the past and has develop into a rock establishment. The band has offered greater than 80 million documents, has damaged each live performance attendance checklist set through Elvis Presley and the Beatles, stands at the back of the Beatles on my own in variety of gold files from any team in heritage, and has spawned greater than 2,500 licenses.
There may were no KISS with no Gene Simmons, the outrageous superstar whose superlong tongue, mythical sexual exploits, and demonic make-up have made him a rock icon. KISS and makeup is the wild, surprising, incredible tale, from the guy himself, approximately how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was once stored via rock and roll, and have become probably the most infamous rock stars the realm has ever seen.
Before Gene Simmons there has been Chaim Witz, a boy from Haifa, Israel, who had no inkling of the lifestyles that lay sooner than him. In bright aspect Gene recounts his formative years turning out to be up in Haifa less than the watchful eye of his liked, strong-willed mom, a focus camp survivor; his adolescent years attending a Jewish theological heart for rabbinical experiences in Brooklyn; his love of all issues American, together with comedian books, superheroes, and cowboys; and his early fascination with women and intercourse, which triggered him to begin a rock band at school after he observed the Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show.
KISS and makeup is not only the vintage tale of accomplishing the yankee dream during the eyes of an immigrant boy making solid, yet a juicy, rollicking rock and roll learn that takes you alongside for the journey of your lifestyles with KISS, from the Nineteen Seventies, after they have been the largest band on this planet, throughout the ’80s, after they took off their world-famous warfare paint, and into the ’90s, after they got here again larger and badder than ever to develop into the number 1 traveling band within the world.
In his personal irreverent, unapologetic voice, Gene talks concerning the ladies (4,600 of them and counting); his tight bond with KISS cofounder Paul Stanley; the struggles he and Paul had with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss and their departures from the gang; the hot band individuals and Eric Carr’s premature dying; the big love and affection he has for the folks who positioned him there within the first place—the KISS military and the ever-loyal KISS enthusiasts around the globe; his love existence, together with tales approximately his relationships with Cher and Diana Ross and with Shannon Tweed, Playmate of the yr, mom of his son and daughter, and his better half of eighteen years; and lots more and plenty more.
Full of dozens of pictures, many never-before-seen photographs from Gene’s inner most assortment, KISS and makeup is a stunning, intimate examine the guy in the back of the masks. For the 1st time Gene finds all of the features of his advanced personality—son, rock famous person, actor, checklist manufacturer, businessman, ladies’ guy, dedicated father, and now writer.
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As an eight-year-old, there was something special about sipping hot chocolate atop cushions in this dreamy location while my dad goofed around on stage. Until that night, I had no idea that the old man did that "actor" stuff. My dad always struck me as a relatively serious, "normal" guy, so what was up with the makeup and the funny clothes? The same guy who tucked me in at night was singing and dancing with a woman that wasn't my mom and he was having fun. Right at that very moment, it struck me that if I was an actor like Dad, I could skip that adult responsibility thing and just stick to the silly stuff.
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