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Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup
     

Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup

by Watson-Guptill
 
A behind-the-scenes look at the mix of hard rock and business, this insider's tell-all shows how images are built, money is made, and profits are spent.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the mix of hard rock and business, this insider's tell-all shows how images are built, money is made, and profits are spent.

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VOYA - Marlyn Roberts
The subtitle of this book should have been "How not to manage a supergroup." The author fell into a position as an "account executive" with Glickman/Marks Management (GMM) in 1976. He was really Kiss's "minder" from their days of success in the late '70s through the ups and downs of the '80s. In 1988, GMM and Lendt were fired by Kiss, and that apparently is the reason this biography is unauthorized. Lendt tells a tale of four men who were making immense amounts of money and spending it even faster. Despite his gleeful recounts of traveling the world with the band, staying in five-star hotels, and carousing, he manages to absolve himself and his employers of much of the blame for Kiss's financial problems. He writes GMM "went wrong by not emphasizing their financial problems more than we had." One presumes that this book is Lendt's attempt to cash in on the recent Kiss revival. But it is not a well-written attempt. The cast of characters is huge and incredibly hard to keep track of (perhaps understandably, considering the temporal and geographic scope of the book). This flaw is not aided by Lendt's meticulous attention to detail-it seems as if every breath taken by the band members during the course of twelve years is documented. It is difficult to determine the audience for this book: perhaps nostalgic fans of the "original" Kiss, perhaps students researching the history of the rock music business. Unless your library's patrons fit into one of the above categories, it is probably safe to give this title a miss. Index. Photos. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823075515
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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