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Best of the KISS bios; Criss' honesty is shocking,
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This review is from: Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss (Hardcover)
If you read a lot of rock biographies it becomes clear quite quickly which ones are going to hold your interest and which ones are just superficial schlock jobs. Peter Criss' tell-all book isn't just riveting; it rivals Motley Crue's "The Dirt" as one of the most entertaining rock bios ever written.
Gene Simmons' autobiography had its moments but the reader never felt truly invested in his personal experiences. For a guy who claims to have slept with thousands of women, including a number of celebrities, Simmons' book was really just a "tell-some," not close to a "tell-all." Ace Frehley's book was better and far more fun to read. The Spaceman came across as weird and wacky and it seemed OK that you didn't get great scoop about some of the most personal aspects of his life. Based on how loaded he frequently was, he probably couldn't remember!
In the case of Peter Criss, though, memories aren't a problem. Though he freely admits his own shortcomings, it's the devastating details he provides about his former band mates that keep the pages turning at a furious pace. Whether he's describing Simmons' hygiene issues or regaling the reader with his own questions of Paul Stanley's sexual preferences, Criss puts his thoughts out there to the point of uncomfortable hilarity. Nothing is spared -- from his own drug use to his opinion of the sexual abilities of his wives and girlfriends. It's as if he is telling his road stories to his best friend and not worrying one bit about who will be hurt by the information. Which, of course, makes for a great read.
The highs and lows of Criss' life are somewhat predictable nowadays. Many rockers from that era reached unimaginable heights only to sink to the bottom once fame and fortune disappeared. What makes this tome so much better than most is how "real" Peter Criss allows himself to be. And it's why so many people dream of rock stardom and all it entails.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2012 4:07:11 PM PST
"Its as if he is telling road stories to his best friend" - that perfectly describes this book. Great review.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 12:08:07 PM PST
M. Boily says:
For this review and Sawyer's comment about you rreview, I'm buying the book now.
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