KISS and Make-up

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Crown Publishers, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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Fueled by an explosive mix of make-up, costumes, attitude, and music, Kiss has sold 80 million records in 30 years and is second only to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in number of gold records. From their 1996 reunion through their 2000-2001 Farewell Tour, they lead the pack of today's touring bands and their fans simply will not deny themselves anything Kiss-related.Gene Simmons is the master behind the madness and Kiss and Make-Up is the first book from Gene himself. Delivered in Gene's own honest, outrageous, uncensored, and often hilarious voice, here is the story of Gene's arrival in America under the wing of his fiercely protective mother; his first taste of comic books and 1950s pop culture; his thirst for fame, fun, and girls; his realization that playing in a rock band was the key to it all; and the inside story of Kiss's reign as the biggest, most fiercely adulated band in the world. Kiss and Make-up contains dozens of previously unpublished photographs from Gene's private collection.Finally, the real story of the man behind the make-up.

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apparently, he has sex - a lot. he's candid w/ how he's in it for money, not so much respect. he has money, fame and power and knows it and doesn't hide it. not one of the best rock biographies but an ok read.

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Let me sum up: Money, poon-tang, more money, more poon-tang, I'm right about everything. Read full review

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Gene Simmons has acted in movies and television, has written and produced albums for other recording artists, has managed the recording career of, among others, Liza Minnelli, and was founder and president of his own record label, Simmons Records/RCA. He has recently launched his movie and television producing career with Detroit Rock City for New Line Cinema. He is also the creator and publisher of his own magazine, through Sterling/Macfadden, called Gene Simmons’ Tongue. Gene Simmons lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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