Face the Music

Face the Music

A Life Exposed

Book - 2014
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The co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Kiss discusses his childhood, the drama of his life on and off the stage, his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades.

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NEW YORK TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.

Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music.

With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed—including Stanley himself.

People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley



Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062114051
0062114050
9780062114044
0062114042
Branch Call Number: 92 St256f 2014
Characteristics: 462 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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rocknrollphilip May 11, 2015

When it comes to assessing the performing abilities of his peers on the Gotham rock-scene, the author calls 'em as he sees 'em, which I find refreshing.

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ancientwalrus
May 03, 2015

An icon of American pop culture shares his life story with a well-written roller coaster ride that is sure to please any music fan, not just members of the Kiss Army.

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omahagtgrad
Feb 24, 2015

Excellent insight into the creation of the KISS band from an insider. Now I need to read the Gene Siommons book to get the other side of the story.

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5303
Feb 21, 2015

While not a Kiss fan, I really enjoyed reading Paul's version of events. (I understand that the original four have wildly different memories of events.)

Atticus14 Oct 30, 2014

I'm far from being a member of the KISS army but still found this an intelligent and worthwhile read. I admit that I went into it with very low expectations so I was pleasantly surprised. He doesn't pull punches but it's done in a tactful manner. A good music biography.

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life, both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.
Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music. July 2014 Popular Culture newsletter.

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life, both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.
Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music. July 2014 Popular Culture newsletter.

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