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Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS Paperback – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.; 10th Anniversary Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Dale Sherman's] diligence and attention to detail is remarkable, making Black Diamond the bible for the KISS army."  —Ken Sharp, The Rock Report


"A straight forward, no holds barred, factual presentation of KISS."  —Shock Me


"The best KISS book I have ever read."  —KISS News Network

About the Author

Dale Sherman is the author of 20th Century Rock and Roll: Women in Rock, Black Diamond 2: The Illustrated Collector’s Guide to KISSUrban Legends of Rock Music: You Never Can Tell, and World Without Heroes. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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This is poorly written, poorly produced, and very negative.
Amazonian
Black Diamond is a good read for die-hard KISS fans only.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought the book was very good. It's information was unparalleled, and the background on each member of the band was a real bonus for the reader. For a big KISS fan like myself, it made for a great read, and developed well, wasn't slow and boring. Good job Dale.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greekfreak on April 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised by this book--it's written from a fan's perspective, but it's still well-balanced; it would have been easy for it to have gone the other way (adulation).
Essentially it's the history of the band as told by various members of the group at various points in time via various interview (tired of the word 'various yet?) sources. It may bother some that Sherman never bothered to index the pages, but that's a minor complaint. My only real complaint is the lack of input from Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Eric Singer, and Bruce Kulick; all off whom had valid opinions about the band, but were given little or no emphasis at all.
Much better than Kiss & Tell, and as good as Kiss & Sell (however different), and well worth the money you spend on it. Especially for an unauthorised biography. I especially liked the massive amounts of contradiction amongst the band members concerning specific albums and tunes.
I seriously doubt that Gene Simmons' upcoming book will be as honest as this one. Maybe the whole truth will never be discovered, but this book is a step in the right direction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By erictheb on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dale Sherman has written an engaging biography chock full of fascinating, little-known trivia, which succeeds in answering many questions fans such as myself may have had about the band. Many times I was caught thinking "Ah-haaa! So that's why..." This is in fact Sherman's intention, as stated in the Introduction. In fact, his dedication to trivia minutae is on occasion distracting and sometimes leads the reader onto unnecessary tangents.

The main problem I have with the book, besides the cheesy cover (Where's the band??) is the weakness in writing style. This may be the fault of the book's editor. There are countless instances of run-on sentences, dangling particles, awkward syntax and sentence structure, grammatical errors, words used out of context or with wrong meaning, and other frustrating language snafus. I do not claim to be an English professor, but there were many occasions when I had to read a sentence over again, shake my head, and think, "Why didn't he write that sentence this way, or use this word instead, or use this verb tense/form?", etc. It often distracted me from the narrative, making for a sometimes uncomfortable read where I was fearing the next grammatical flub, which always eventually came. Luckily, he uses quotes liberally from the band and others, and it is in fact these quotes which lack the syntax errors and are easiest to read!

Otherwise, this is definitely a decent edition to the Kiss library and hopefully future editions will be better edited and thus easier to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a superb book with a lot of details in the history of the greatest rock group ever. The covering of Kiss in the 70's is extremly informative and gives the impression of good research from the author. The only thing which prevents me from giving the book a maximum rate is the lack of the author's covering of the critical phases in the history of Kiss: When members of the group left, when Kiss decided to drop the make-up, the leading to the reunion and and the decission to put on the make-up again. These are the fractions of the story which the die hard Kiss fans want as much as possible information about. ...but let there be no doubt: This IS (by far) the best unauthorized biography of Kiss
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hankinson on August 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Great book. Read a lot about KISS in Black Diamond I did not know about the band. I have read other books about KISS,but they were not as informative or went in to such detail as Black Diamond did. If Black Diamond 3 is as informative as Black Diamond 1,2 it should be a great book. The CD on Eric Carr that came with Black Diamond 1 was great,but I read the same thing in the book. The CD should have been different then the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tigger on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Good information included in this book, however, there are a number of grammatical errors which slow down reading. Also, some of the updates (between the original book and this updated version 10 yrs later) seem to consist of hastily added afterthoughts; for example, one paragraph states that Stan Penridge "now does" production work, and the next sentence states that he "passed away" [since the original book]. One would think the preceeding sentence would have been revised, but it wasn't. It's the little details that make this less enjoyable than it would have been otherwise.

Also, many of the quotes are identical in content to those included in interviews by Ken Sharp for "KISS: Behind the Mask" (by David Leaf and Ken Sharp), which is "the official authorized biography" of the band. I read these books back-to-back, which really highlighted the extensive repetition of certain quotes originally included in the authorized biography.

Nevertheless, there is new info in this book and it would probably be interesting to the moderate to rabid KISS fan, although less interesting to the casual fan.
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