Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)

Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)

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Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley

Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) chronicles, for the first time, the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! and the smash single "Rock and Roll All Nite," a song that nearly four decades later remains one of rock's most enduring anthems. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of superstardom.

Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as with producers; engineers; management; record company personnel; roadies; club owners; booking agents; concert promoters; costume, stage, and art designers; rock photographers; publicists; and key music journalists.

Many of KISS's musical contemporaries from the time, most of whom shared concert bills with the band on their early tours, also lend their perspective via new interviews; these include Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Ted Nugent, as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Slade, Blue Öyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Raspberries, The James Gang, The New York Dolls, Iggy & the Stooges, The Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Argent, and Uriah Heep, among others.

The result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and of the music scene they changed forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062131744
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 104,681
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Ken Sharp is the author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas '69, KISS: Behind the Mask, and numerous other books. He lives in Los Angeles.

Known as rock's ultimate showmen, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons founded the hard rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world, and is still touring today.

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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Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PaulH More than 1 year ago
Nothing to Lose: The Making of Kiss is a great book. The authors open up the world to the early days of Kiss, their groundbreaking debut album Alive! and the birth of the iconic anthem Rock and Roll All Nite. The book is filled with interesting information. You don’t have to be a Kiss fan to love this book.
blue0476 More than 1 year ago
Great book! i like Ken's last Kiss book, too. And like the previous book, lots of dirt and no Simmons-approved BS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long time Kiss fan, I found this book a terrific read and hard to put down. Lots of info I'd never read before and great storytelling. But the pictures were all very small and did not enlarge well. Having seen the real book at the store with lots of terrific color pictures, I can tell you that the ebook is extremely disappointing on this score. I simply don't understand how the publisher could get it so badly wrong. I sort of feel we are owed an explanation: I sure don't get how /why the ebook version should be so deficient in the picture department.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Shows what you can do if you try real hard. How abunch of misfits made it big.
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Can't wait to get the book and read it. I'm a huge fan of KISS.