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Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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“[A]n entertaining autobiography….[Criss] keeps the focus on the rock and roll, which results in the best—and most honest—account of Kiss craziness during the band’s heyday in the 1970s.” (Publishers Weekly)
"A must read for all past andpresent KISS fans and fans of no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll tell-alls.” (Library Journal)
“KISS fans will love every word.” (Rolling Stone)
“Makeup To Breakup” is the best KISS book to come from a band member and much of that is due to the emotional undercurrent omnipresent in Peter’s story. You feel his excitement, you feel his pain and it’s so easy to read it’s almost cinematic….As it stands, it’s easily a four star effort. Well done, Catman. (legendaryrockstarinterviews.com)
About the Author
Peter Criss co-founded KISS in 1973 along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley. He left the band in 1979, embarking on a solo career. In 1995, he reunited with KISS, resulting in a phenomenally successful world tour before he left the band again in 2004. Criss appeared in the HBO series Oz in 2002, and he continues to write and record music. His most recent solo album, 2007’s One for All, reached #36 on the Billboard Top Independent Album list. Larry “Ratso” Sloman is best known as Howard Stern’s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, Private Parts and Miss America. Sloman’s recent collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with magician David Blaine, and Scar Tissue, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis—both books were New York Times bestsellers.
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This kindle book was on sale for $2.99, so I decided to treat myself to it. It is now $12.38, and I am sure that is in reaction to Paul Stanley's new autobiography having been recently released.
Peter wasn't my favorite KISS member (Paul was), but I knew this book would be very interesting based on what I knew already about him. I had already read Gene Simmons' book "KISS and Makeup" that was published earlier in the decade. So, I knew that Peter had a volatile personality and caused disharmony in the band. He also didn't make the most out of the second chance he was given for a reunion tour with KISS in their original makeup. However, I wanted to hear him tell the story in his own words. It just confirmed everything bad that was said about him in the other books. However, Peter holds nothing back here and provides probably the most details and dish out of all four KISS members' autobiographies.
This was a very honest and well-written book. I felt like Peter was talking to me, telling his own story. That's how I like an autobiography to read. Peter unabashedly shares every sordid story about himself and others, and is blatantly honest about his own excesses with sex, drugs and alcohol. He tells about his childhood in NY, growing up in an Italian family in an apartment complex, attending Catholic grammar school, triumphing over cancer, his marriages and his beloved daughter.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I was left feeling like I did when I read Dave Mustaine's autobiography; sad for him. He blames everyone else in the band, when he really caused his own problems. Still, he maintains a positive and forgiving attitude, and relies heavily on his Catholic faith (which he mentions often throughout the book). All in all, an excellent read.
**Disclaimer, this is told by Criss so many of the things that he mentions in the book seem biased to his side. I would highly recommend getting and reading the other 3 members book too.**