Face the Music: A Life Exposed

Face the Music: A Life Exposed

by Paul Stanley

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Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.

Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music.

With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed—including Stanley himself.

People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062114044
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 499,567
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Paul Stanley is the frontman and rhythm guitarist for KISS, which he cofounded in New York City in 1973. He is the designer of numerous KISS album covers, costumes, and concert stages, in addition to writing many of KISS's most successful songs. With sales of more than one hundred million records worldwide, KISS sits atop the list of American bands, with the most gold-certified albums earned in history. Along with his bandmates, Stanley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. A painter, with art sales reaching two million dollars; a solo musician; a musical stage performer; founding partner in Rock & Brews restaurants; and co-owner of the Arena Football League's L.A. KISS, Stanley is a committed and active supporter of various Wounded Warrior Project organizations. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Erin, and four children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew this book would bring out the KISS haters and according to one of the Anonymous reviews it did. I'm sure this book is better than any of the "drivel" he/she can write.  BTW, have you ever heard of Van Halen, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Garth Brooks, Metallica, Lenny Kravitz, Poison and Motley Crew?  Just a few of many influenced by KISS.  It would be nice if people did their research before making ignorant comments.  Great book, great man, great band.  Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!!!! Definately was worth the wait. Paul was very honest from the beginning,from his childhood where he had to overcome such a stigma of his deformality to the crazy way Kiss began and all the ups and downs of the 80's ..finding love and children..dealing with certain band members addictions and egos if you're a fan of Kiss this is the book to read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time I had a crush on him. Now after reading his articulate honest biography, I adore him. We are all broken. We can all be fixed. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down... I have met Paul personally and he was nothing but kind and cordial. Amazing story of how he overcame the youth adversity and abuse he suffered to live in his own skin comfortably and happy! BRAVO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting years for all the stories by the man who made them happen and lived them, this book does indeed tell it all: the heartache, the pain, the joys and the ecstasy. There are stories and anecdotes from every phase in his life, both the good and the bad, which describes what turns a man into a rock and roll legend (dare I say "God"?). After all of the years of waiting, I am thrilled to say that the wait was worth it. The author truly shows that, as well as being famous for strumming a guitar and strutting on a stage, he is also human; with all of the pains and frailties that we all have and live with every day. Then there is the joy and happiness in life. His feelings when he takes the stage, regardless of what occurs before or after. His loves, his problems, his ups and his downs are all stated, as in No Holds Barred. Love him or not, love the band or not, I feel this book gives a look into the life and soul of a legend. This book could not have been before, it would not have been complete. The time was right, the way it was told was captivating and enticing. "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", but I also thank Him for giving us Paul Stanley and I thank him for giving us this opportunity to learn and experience his life through his own words. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm familiar with about 1 song by Kiss...but as an old hack bass guitar player in my own band, I'm fascinated with the real deal; the life style, the equipment, thepersonality conflics and Mr Stanley got me into his book--although this book was an obvious therapeutic psycho-exorcism project for Paul. Regardless, I dont think he's the human freak we'd expect a pampered old rocker to be, but indeed a very cool guy. Well written. Review by Tallman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the bios from Ace and Peter, I was expecting this book to be a testament to how awesome Paul is, and how no one else in the band contributed. While there was a little self aggrandizement, there wasn't as much as I expected. Paul is brutally honest in his opinions of the other band members, as well as himself. Definitely worth the read
Anonymous 4 months ago
Paul Stanley is amazing! This book gives an honest, raw and in-depth look into his life and the creation and endurance of KISS. I loved every chapter of this book as it detailed every step and stumble of his journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you wonder how one becomes a rock star this is the book for you. I couldn't help but laugh as Paul discussed growing up and his parents not giving him any direction. It will hit home with many readers. Ever wonder what happened to Ace and Peter ? This book will answer those questions too. I'm not a KISS fan but this book does keep you wanting more. Rock and Roll ! augh when Paul tells his story about growing up
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Inspiring
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typhoon More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Paul did a great job of making you feel the highs and lows of a life that wasn't the party it seemed to be. Nice to see that behind the make up he's just like the rest of us with the same problems only on a different scale.
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To me the best of the four. Hands down!
BabyJ69 More than 1 year ago
I am a KISS fan and most of all a Paul Stanley fan!! This book was hard to put down and placed so much of his life into perspective for me that I never knew. Admire him even more now!
uptheirons63 More than 1 year ago
OK, My second book from a member of KISS, and probably my favorite member of the band. Which I started following in 1975. That being said, some of the chapters in this book feel very bitter to me, and were a little depressing. As it goes on, you begin to get a better scope of what Paul is going for. I identify a great deal with his childhood, and I appreciate his candor. If you are a fan of the band, and need more details of their rise and fall, and rise again history. This will help fill in the gaps.
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