Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $2.65 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Gene Simmons: A Rock 'n R... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Gene Simmons: A Rock 'n Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust Paperback – January 3, 2012


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.30
$9.15 $8.00

Featured Selections in History
Browse books spanning centuries and topics, from the American Revolution to World War II to modern-day affairs. Learn more
$12.30 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Gene Simmons: A Rock 'n Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust + Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business + Face the Music: A Life Exposed
Price for all three: $54.22

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937600580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937600587
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to any fan of Gene's and probably more so to non-fans!
Ryan
As a Jew whose mother (may she rest in peace) absolutely made me the man that I am today, I totally understand and can relate to everything in this book.
Anthony James
Ross's book bring insight into what may drive our favorite Demon, Gene Simmons.
shupey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shupey on February 2, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having been a major KISS since I can remember, I am always looking for new books on my favorite band. Ross's book bring insight into what may drive our favorite Demon, Gene Simmons. His writing style allows you, the reader, to paint a picture in your mind of a young Gene and his doting mother Flora as they journey through life with just each other. It also takes to a place Flora had to survive, alone. I cannot even imagine the acts of cold blooded violence and murder commited by the Nazi regime in the concentration camps but this young woman survives to bring the world one of the greatest and most influential rockers in music history. She lives her life with class and dignity and the love she has for her boy just pours out of the pages. Get the book. You won't be disappointed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Kearse on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ross Berg's book provides a very unique perspective and interesting insight into the life of one of the founding members of Kiss: bass player and entertainment entrepreneur, Gene Simmons. In his tribute to the God of Thunder and his mother, Flora, this book explores the roots of the development of Gene Simmons as a person and as a larger than life character. Interwoven in a very readable style, Berg blends together the horrors of the Holocaust, the evolution of comics and horror films, childhood experiences, and a mother's love for her son and examines their influences on the growth and transformation of Chaim Witz to Gene Klein to Gene Simmons. This book is a one of a kind commentary on Jewish life in the shadow of the Holocaust and the evolution of a rock star. A very distinctive and very important volume in Kisstory, a must have for anyone interested in the band.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rain on January 17, 2015
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've read my share of romanticized biographies, and it's a genre I can dig.

As the title suggest, the book is written "in the shadow of the holocaust" and one should be advised that it is EXACTLY that. It's all about how being the child of a Holocaust survivor made Simmons who he is.

I soon realized that this book, however, wasn't organized like a regular biography. It does follow a timeline, but it's more like a scrapbook, containing a miss mash of just about everything - from KISS fans Facebook comments to (embarrassing) poetic prose.

As for facts, they are not simply organized in a romanticized manner to create something more fluid. They are freely interpreted by the author. For exemple, if Simmons wrote in his biography that he thought English sounded strange when he arrived in the US, the "author" will recycle that material to create a piece about it, abusing ellipses and that syncopated manner of speech which people who don't know better mistake for poetry.

I mean, the minute you resort to quoting Facebook comments as if they were an authority on the subject, that kind of tells where you set the bar...

The book left me with the impression that the author was borderline fanatic, feeding off of the fact that he's also from a Jewish family who survived the Holocaust. It getsdownright embarrassing at times.

We've all heard of those fans who think that they have a special understanding of their hero...

The premise (interpreting Simmons life in view of his Jewish background) is an interesting one. But the author visibly does not have what it takes to accomplish that. Instead, he relies on the fact that he also comes from a Holocaust survivor family and second-hand material.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drew Christensen on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a wonderful achievement for Ross, Gene, Flora, The Jewish Faith, and all others. Most people who have read anything about Gene it has been only mostly about his life in rock and roll, which this does go into but it focuses on a part of his life many have read very little or possibly none about. I was raised in a catholic family. We were not very huge on religion still however. I enjoy reading about other religions, people i admire, and Gene in general. The holocaust was a tragedy showing how evil one and all can be. I feel this book shows us Gene in a more real light then many have seen even watching his show you have gotten to know more but this book showed me and many who have read it how important he is as a human being. His mother Flora has been through a lot and so has Gene. She did everything to give him a better life and finally brought them both to america where they now both reside. This book is not only a good read, you cannot put it down, it's heartfelt, touching, and much more. Being a part of the Flora Army myself along with Ross and others. I want to give a huge congrats, thumbs up, and 5 stars, or whatever else is high marks. I was sad when i finished this book just did not want it to end it was a journey through many aspects of his and Flora's life. We have been given the chance to read a great piece of work about 2 wonderful people and written by a great human being. If you have not read it get a copy i mean its now barley over $10 on here. I will say $15 bucks as it was originally was very much worth it as well, i pre-ordered a copy a ways back and got it quickly. So read this fine work you will not be disappointed, i encourage you all to give it a chance and you will be more then glad you did. Ross Great Job My Friend! for shedding more light on the shadow over Gene, Flora, and the Holocaust itself.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: gene simmons book

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Gene Simmons: A Rock 'n Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust
This item: Gene Simmons: A Rock 'n Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust
Price: $12.30
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com