Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ’n’ roll success and excess.
KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.
Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.
Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.
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Review: Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KissUser Review - Erin - Goodreads
Loved Peter Criss since I was 9 years old... This is a tell-all that holds nothing back. Peter shares his bitterness about the past, but in the end seems to come full circle in accepting what has ... Read full review
Review: Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KissUser Review - Sebastian Bach - Goodreads
This is a book by one of my all-time favourite heroes, Peter Criss of KISS. The book is all about how one of my all-time favourite heroes, Peter Criss of KISS, hates being one of my all-time favourite heroes, Peter Criss of KISS. Read full review