Kiss and Make-Up

Kiss and Make-Up

by Gene Simmons
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Kiss and Make-Up by Gene Simmons

You wanted the truth, you got the truth-the hottest book in the world!

Fueled by an explosive mix of makeup, costumes, and attitude, KISS burst onto the music scene thirty years ago and has become a rock institution. The band has sold more than eighty million records, has broken every concert attendance record set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, stands behind the Beatles alone in number of gold records from any group in history, and has spawned more than 2,500 licenses.

There would have been no KISS without Gene Simmons, the outrageous star whose superlong tongue, legendary sexual exploits, and demonic makeup have made him a rock icon. KISS and Make-Up is the wild, shocking, unbelievable story, from the man himself, about how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was saved by rock and roll, and became one of the most notorious rock stars the world has ever seen.

Before Gene Simmons there was Chaim Witz, a boy from Haifa, Israel, who had no inkling of the life that lay ahead of him. In vivid detail Gene recounts his childhood growing up in Haifa under the watchful eye of his beloved, strong-willed mother, a concentration camp survivor; his adolescent years attending a Jewish theological center for rabbinical studies in Brooklyn; his love of all things American, including comic books, superheroes, and cowboys; and his early fascination with girls and sex, which prompted him to start a rock band in school after he saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

KISS and Make-Up is not just the classic story of achieving the American dream through the eyes of an immigrant boy making good, but a juicy, rollicking rock and roll read that takes you along for the ride of your life with KISS, from the 1970s, when they were the biggest band in the world, through the '80s, when they took off their world-famous war paint, and into the '90s, when they came back bigger and badder than ever to become the number one touring band in the world.

In his own irreverent, unapologetic voice, Gene talks about the girls (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 group; the new band members and Eric Carr's untimely death; the enormous love and affection he has for the people who put him there in the first place -- the KISS Army and the ever-loyal KISS fans around the world; his love life, including stories about his relationships with Cher and Diana Ross and with Shannon Tweed, Playmate of the Year, mother of his son and daughter, and his companion of eighteen years; and much more.

Full of dozens of photographs, many never-before-seen pictures from Gene's private collection, KISS and Make-Up is a surprising, intimate look at the man behind the mask. For the first time Gene reveals all the facets of his complex personality -- son, rock star, actor, record producer, businessman, ladies' man, devoted father, and now author.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400045235
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/11/2001
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 177,414
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
For some reason, Gene Simmons can¿t help himself from separating his fans from their hard earned money. It¿s a hobby of his really, look no further than Reunion and Farewell tours for evidence, or the sheer embarrassment of buying Kiss and Make-Up? Well enough is enough. This is the last time I¿ll pay bucks to hear stories that any magazine interview could have handled. Peter and Ace are constant targets and his problems with them are tiresome. Perhaps the reason is they are far superior to Gene as musicians. Gene seems more talented at self-promotion than songwriting. How else can fans explain Kiss Kondoms and Kaskets? Anyway you look at this, Kiss is now a commercial entity so far removed from music they recently had a roadie dress up as Ace for an appearance on television. Gene¿s partner in crime is Paul Stanley. How Paul lives with himself is probably the subject of his book, he¿s so far up Gene¿s canal, he needs night vision goggles. Paul, where¿s your self respect? Apparently, Paul is okay with ¿ghost drummers¿ on albums and crediting Peter Criss to save face. Oh, didn¿t you know Peter only played on one Psycho Circus track? Conscience is not a problem for guys who abandoned Eric Carr before he died to rid themselves of medical bills. Let¿s hone up shall we, Gene and Paul are walking ATM machines thanks to a legion of sucker fans that buy up any marginalized product that carries the Kiss logo. Send me my dishonorable discharge from the KISS ARMY please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then this book is a wet dream come true. It seems that Genie spent far too much time on the Frehley-slamathon and not near enough time on the details Kiss fans would love to read about. You people know as well as I do that if not for Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Kiss would have been Kisstory themselves back in 1996. The line up with Bruce and Eric would have died a slow death. Gene spends far too much time crying over Ace and Pete to realise that those two men saved his AND Kiss' ass. And who the Hell is Tommy Thayer, by the way? Oh yeah, the dude from Black 'n Blue............lol. Gene needs to apologise then thank Ace Frehley for coming back to Kiss for those years and making it where he and Paul Stanley can be in the Kiss tribute band that just released Monster. Anomaly is a far better album anyway...........Ack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is pretty much how ever page in Gene's book reads: "My mother survived a Nazi concentration camp. You, the fan, do not need to know any of the thought process behind any of our songs. I got oral pleasure from a married woman. We put out "Alive!" Some guy named Paul is in our band. I made love to a mother and daughter. Did I mention my mother was in a concentration camp? I was to meet some woman later at my place that night. We put some albums called "Destroyer," "Rock and Roll Over," then we released "Love Gun." I slept with the maid and took her Polaroid. Cher has something she calls "feelings." By the way, my mother survived a concentration camp. Ace does not help at all. KISS invented every heavy metal cliche--just ask me. Peter is a drunken complainer. I screwed a 60-year-old limo driver and took her Polaroid. I like Shannon Tweed. Should I marry her? Can't really tell you anything about KISS's music. Tell you what, wanna buy a KISS lunch bucket instead?" Pretty much sums this book up. No autobiographical info on his bandmates, and no info on their songwriting. But a lot of gossip and self-promoting. Gene could have written a much better book.
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If u love KISS, anything the band members write is good to read. Was a quick and easy read. Just waiting on PAUL'S book, come on Paul!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it all the way Never could put it down! Buy this book!!!:)
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Saphyre3 More than 1 year ago
"... the endearingly sincere struggles Simmons faces over the years, his eventual marriage and fatherhood..." Gene Simmons has not married Sharon Tweed. He has always said in every interview he has ever done that "marriage kills love". I think he really means marriage kills the bank account! He is brutally honest in this book about his career and the women. He was honest about his children..he was beside Shannon for both of his kids births. Not bad for a Demon! and yes, I have been a member of the KISS Army since 1977. 33 years and still rocking!
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This book is about a man who has overcome many obstacles to become the leader of one of the greatest rock bands in the world, Kiss. Gene Simmons tells a story in vivid detail of how a poor immigrant boy from Israel realizes at a very young age that he wants power and his successful attempt at achieving it. Simmons knew that he would not get the good things in life handed to him-he must go after them himself. This book tells how someone can start with nothing, and end up with everything. It tells of the ups and downs of a rock legend and how he was still able to come out on top. Simmons leads you through his life story, from the time he was born, to the present, and all of the things that have changed and affected him along te way. I liked hearing about the real life of a rock star how they are real people too. I found Simmon¿s tales of his love affairs with superstars Cher and Diana Ross interesting. It was also nice to see how a rock star can do something like writing a book, while one would usually assume that stringing so many sentences together would be quite difficult for one of them. What I did not like was the arrogant condescending tone that Simmons maintained throughout the book. He often speaks of himself as if he is a god. Also, the account seemed rather one-sided, but I suppose that¿s normal in an autobiography. I would recommend reading this if you want a personal account of how a great rock band was able to achieve fame (from Gene Simmon¿s point of view), or, if like me, you¿re just curious about the real man behind all the war paint. Overall, I would say that this is a very interesting read. It reads fast and is full of vivid details that keep you absorbed and wanting to know more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is better than any other band bio book wether its metallica or ac/dc this book is awesome, its inspiering, amazing, greatley wrote and very cool,, this is the greatest book ever BUY IT!- jt
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a good book it was mostly about how he started getting more succesful but it was a good book, he got alot of babes lol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was quite insightfull into the mind of the often misunderstood genius that is Gene Simmons. He gives a great deal of insight into what he went through to become a rock legend, and the influences that formed his musical pedigree. The place where the book falls short is the inability Simmons has to reveal the real level of failure the band experienced in the late 70's and 80's. The reality of being dropped by labels, poor selling shows and CD's were glossed over, and it deprived the reader of seeing how far the band fell and how they needed to re-invent to return to the parthenon of rock stars. The best Kiss book remains 'KISS & SELL'. But not bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and if you like Kiss and you wanted to know more about Gene Simmons than you ever imagined, this is the book for you. However, don't expect to read anything elaborate or extensive about the other band members. This is Gene's autobiography about a man who came from nothing, was educated by school and the streets, and happened to become a lead in one of the most noted rock bands of the 20th century. As far as his 4600 or so rendevouz with women, it just makes for more interesting reading. I've been a KISS fan for 25 years and this is a perfectly fine book to read if you want a little more info (from one man's perspective) about about a group that has become an American icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Kiss. I love Gene. I wasn't so in love with this book. I had to keep telling myself that this is a book primarily about Gene's life and career and not so much about Ace, Paul and Peter. Which kinda sucks when you think about it. The book really jumps fast and I was often left wondering about all the 'stuff' in between albums, concerts, tours, etc..I was left disappointed but it was still fun and really obnoxious--in a good way!!