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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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Peter really sticks it to Gene, Paul, Doc McGee, Tommy, Ace, his ex-wives, etc., but he backs it up with interesting, never-before-heard (for the most part) stories. As a longtime fan, I often found myself reading passages and thinking, "I can't believe he put that in print." The only people that really seem to be spared are Gigi (and you learn that that relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing either), Chris Lendt (I don't think I've ever read a bad word about Lendt from anyone), his daughter and a few close friends and family. And it was interesting to read how Peter's own parents got pissed at him about his marriage to Deb, how he treated them at times, etc.
The one thing you'll appreciate about this book is its honesty. As a long time KISS fan, you want to feel bad for Peter, but you learn he was/is his own worst enemy. He takes the blame for most of his problems, and you don't see that often (and certainly not from any current or former KISS members). The bottom line is this: You will love this book. Period. You can tell Peter is a very, very passionate and emotional guy. Whereas Gene seems oblvious to his demons, and Ace is a conman to his demons, Peter is almost like a kid who screws up and says, "I don't know what I was thinking." And you get the impression he really doesn't, and he battles his demons day in and day out trying to find happiness.
So if you're expecting a happy-go-lucky, everything-was-great romp through the KISS years, buckle-up...this ain't it. This is a sometimes depressing, raw account of what the Catman went through as the drummer of The Hottest Band In The World. And even though it seems to have a happy ending, you can't help but think that this story isn't over yet...And what makes it such a great read is you feel the danger that is Peter Criss' life. You're just hoping his final bow will be a happy one.
He does take the opportunity to throw dirt on his former bandmates, but before too long one gets the feeling that Peter Criss has a somewhat foggy recollection for the details, and this has to cloud the reader's acceptance of his criticisms of Simmons and Stanley as well. We've all heard that Gene and Paul dominated the proceedings, and it's no surprise to read that Simmons is money-and-sex-mad, controlling, and often demeaning to others. It's no shock to read that Paul Stanley can be prissy and overly sensitive, or that he's a bit of a Prima Donna.
I think the thing that made one of the strongest impressions on me, was how casually Criss can bounce between his love of his former colleagues and his anger at their behavior. Some reviewers have complained that this shows Criss' lack of objectivity, but I came away feeling that Criss genuinely loves the guys and is capable of tremendous anger and resentment at the same time. Many of us have such relationships somewhere in the family.
By the end of the book, Criss remains coarse and sometimes off-puttingly tacky--I hate using the word "tacky" but I'm trying to convey Criss' naive tendency to throw awkward or inelegant language and references into otherwise significant passages. In attempting to show his appreciation for the technical expertise of his cancer surgeon (Criss was treated for breast cancer), Criss says something like, "My doctor did a great job--he removed my nipple and reattached it so well that I can rub it and still get a boner." This is Criss through and through, and that level of wordliness seaps through page after page.
With Peter Criss, it's take it or leave it. It wasn't a waste of time, reading this book. No deep observations either. Just another voice from the original foursome, and it's a voice that is entirely consistent with everything you ever heard about him from anyone associated with the band.