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  • Series: Gene Simmons Family Jewels
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775029
  • ASIN: B005B1FKQ2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The legendary lothario of the rock band Kiss believes that the most important things in life are money, sex and more money-and he repeats variations on this theme in this highly entertaining book, which that covers much of the same autobiographical ground as his successful KISS and Make-Up, albeit with a different slant. Simmons readily admits that "just because I stick out my tongue a lot and spit fire doesn't mean I have any qualifications to advise anyone on relationship, money or career issues." What he does have is a highly successful rock band and, apparently, a highly developed ego, and he uses both to present a philosophy of work that is rooted, some would say ironically, in traditional Puritan virtues-work hard, save your money, don't smoke, don't drink, don't get high, equate time with money and know that being rich is better than being poor. His example of a successful man is his equally hard-working Kiss partner Paul Stanley; as in his first book, Simmons trashes the bad habits of his other bandmates. His view of the sexes, however, is Neanderthal: the "power of women is completely based on whether she can attract a man, biologically speaking," while "the power of man is in achieving wealth and `killing things' so we can come back to the cave with a big piece of meat over our shoulder." This belief translates into Simmons's main financial advice: "The worst thing a man can do, financially and biologically speaking, is to get married." His messages are bound to resonate with the book's prime target audience: not-so-young professional guys. 24 pages of color photos; b&w photos throughout.
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About the Author

<DIV>Gene Simmons was born a very poor Chaim Witz in Israel in 1949, and immigrated with his divorced mother to Brooklyn in 1958. Thrilled by comic books, The Ed Sullivan Show, and rock and roll, Simmons ultimately decided that people crave great rock and roll music and a great theatrical show. People crave excitement and escape from their everyday lives. This inspiration led Simmons to create the most enduring sound in rock music history.</DIV>

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By C. Davis on May 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a follow up to his bestseller, Kiss and Makeup, this book offers very little in the way of "new" information. It is mainly typical Gene Simmons reiterating his thoughts on, naturally, sex, money and Kiss. In fact, his views and opinions on women and relationships, though veiled in a pose of pragmatism, reveal a sense of paranoia that is more than a little unbecoming in such an accomplished man. He continues to pat himself on the back for his accomplishments (yawn) and, thankfully, devotes an entire page of text to appreciation for his partner in crime, Paul Stanley, whose accomplishments have often been overlooked admist the din of Simmons' carnival barking. Of his other bandmates, Simmons is often dismissive of their contribution and seems to be making another buck from exploiting their personal choices and mistakes. In these respects, Sex Money Kiss is no different - truly - than his last book. He continues to maximize on his ability to sell anything with the Kiss logo attached and makes no apologies for this, a trait which may or may not be admirable, depending on how often you've heard his dramatic manifesto regarding the importance of money. He willingly subscribes to the notion that there's a sucker born every minute. And in all honesty, when I thumbed through the book, I was not interested in buying a copy at all - even as a Kiss fan - until I found that I was holding a limited edition autographed copy.
Having said all this, I can say that the book has value for anyone seeking to understand a method for maintaining some sense of financial success while reaching for their dream, be it rock stardom, weekend gardener, the acquisition of wealth or whatever.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I must admit to not being a big KISS fan . . . in fact, it would be
safe to say that if you asked me, I don't think I could recall even
one of the group's songs.
That said, for some reason, I picked up SEX MONEY KISS--the
latest book effort by Gene Simmons . . . perhaps it was the
outrageous cover (featuring a long red tongue against a silver
background), but once I got reading, I almost couldn't put it down.
Simmons, of course, was the founder of KISS and the mastermind
behind the group's enduring success . . . here he tells many
of the secrets that have made him so successful.
I found myself laughing in many spots, but also thinking to
myself in others that this guy makes a lot of sense . . . imagine
getting people to pay $100 to attend a one-day convention
about the band . . . even more amazing: how he self-published
KISSTORY and successfully sold that for an amazing
$158.95 (no typo!) . . . then came back with KISSTORY II and
sold still more books for the same price.
How did he do it? The same way that he urges readers to
do; i.e., save your money, don't smoke, don't drink, don't get
high, equate time with money and know that being rich is
better than being poor . . . he also espouses, more than once,
the following bit of advice: "The worst thing a man can do,
financially and biologically speaking, is to get married."
You may well find yourself disagreeing with some of what
he says . . . and regardless, you'll most likely come to the
conclusion that he is sexist in many of his beliefs . . . yet
if you read between the lines, you'll also find many thought-
provoking passages; among them:
* The word "cheap" is a wonderful word! Learn to love it.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Funny how Gene says in his book credit cards are for losers yet he struts around promoting his KISS Visa, of which he receives a nice royalty piece of the action from the ridiculous 19.0% interest rate.
Most of us will never be in a rock band that accelerated in profit like KISS has. Gene says "pay cash for everything". Your home(s), car(s), anything you WANT, save and pay cash.
Well Gene most of us do not have a hundred mil to blow. Most of us make in the 50k range per year. (USATODAY AVG income poll). So saving for a house or car would take forever. This book is for millionares who are perhaps having trouble with their millions. Not the guy trying to make it.
The book also mainly souts Gene's opinion on staying single for eternity and hoard your dough. Whatever. Oh and there are pages of Gene's doodle art as fillers to the book as well as oversized reprinted quotes on the same page as fine print. (another filler)
Some slam dunks on other band members.
I found no REAL PRACTICAL advice form this tongue wagging rock reptile. I am a KISS fan and think I will just do what most of us do. Enjoy the LIVE show.
I can sum up his book for you right here: PAY CASH for everything, work 7 days a week, take zero vacations (only losers do this) do not get married, look out for ME 1st, and do not do drugs. Vague info.
It took a book to say that?

I do not see Gene as a guy who writes to really help people...but simply to hoard in on the $$$$$. Hence his TM money bag.
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