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NEW YORK TIMES and INTERNATIONAL
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
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
“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
Oct 30, 2019Loved it!
May 25, 2014This is by far the greatest KISS Book. And there are a lot of KISS Books. I have read every single one there is.
Nov 27, 2016I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud a few times. Paul Stanley's view on family, life, his career was admirable.
Feb 19, 2016Face the Music – A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley is a 2014 HarperOne publication.
Mar 21, 2014First, let me be upfront about the fact that I was a KISS freak growing up. At age 15, they were the first rock concert I had gone to. It was their 1977 tour and absolutely spectacular.
Apr 10, 2014Coming from a guy who's well-known for spitting out cliched answers to interview questions, I had really low expectations from this autobiography. The three preceding books by the original members of KISS had been variable forums for self-serving name-dropping (Gene Simmons),whiny accounts of how everyone else is wrong (Peter Criss), or just plain detached recollections of odd behavior (Ace Frehley.)
May 06, 2014I am quite honestly shocked at the reviews this book is receiving. I WILL say that Paul has worked harder than all the original 4 put together. I found it very disappointing that Paul felt the need to put Peter and Ace down throughout the entire book, not to mention Gene. The odd comment would suffice however I felt it made Paul look bad when he would not quit with the harsh insults, literally every few pages! Paul was very honest about his insecurities surrounding his ear deformity, clearly his I am quite honestly shocked at the reviews this book is receiving. I WILL say that Paul has worked harder than all the original 4 put together. I found it very disappointing that Paul felt the need to put Peter and Ace down throughout the entire book, not to mention Gene. The odd comment would suffice however I felt it made Paul look bad when he would not quit with the harsh insults, literally every few pages! Paul was very honest about his insecurities surrounding his ear deformity, clearly his work later on in his life working with kids with facial deformities was commendable and his family life and children clearly made him into a better man. In the end Paul Stanley comes across as arrogant, self centred and completely insecure which is interesting because in the last chapter he prides himself on not judging others?? Hummmm, this after nailing others to the cross for 456 pages! Disappointed. (I am still glad I used to skip school to play the Kiss pin ball machine). ...more
Jun 22, 2015Caution: lotsa F and even C words.
Apr 19, 2014After reading Paul Stanley's autobiography "Face the Music" I have now read books by all four of the members of my favorite childhood band. Growing up, my favorite member of KISS was Gene Simmons. I loved the demon persona and what 12 year old boy isn't drawn to spitting fire and blood? But after reading all of these books, I have to admit Paul Stanley comes across as the sanest and I liked his book more than all the others.
Apr 08, 2014I am now in total awe of this man. I grew up listening to KISS. My brother was and is the biggest fan ever so I really had no choice in the exposure I had to them. I saw that this book was coming out and for some reason, just knew I had to read/listen to it. I am so glad I did. This man was dealt the suck ass card as far as a family life went. But he was bigger than that. I highly recommend this book. You don't even have to be a KISS fan. This book is about life and how to live it to the fullest I am now in total awe of this man. I grew up listening to KISS. My brother was and is the biggest fan ever so I really had no choice in the exposure I had to them. I saw that this book was coming out and for some reason, just knew I had to read/listen to it. I am so glad I did. This man was dealt the suck ass card as far as a family life went. But he was bigger than that. I highly recommend this book. You don't even have to be a KISS fan. This book is about life and how to live it to the fullest no matter which route you choose. ...more
Apr 14, 2014I'm generally not into reading memoirs/autobiographies. As a longtime KISS fan, I was actually resistant to reading this one, having read Ace's (love ya man, but how much do you really remember?) and Gene's (seriously, dude, get over yourself) I was a bit leery, as well as being tired of the original members taking constant potshots at each other. But this was an enjoyable, revealing, self-effacing, sometimes heart breaking, and most importantly, human, read. Well done, Starchild, well done.
Apr 07, 2014There are a multitude of ways to look at each autobiography written by the original memebers of Kiss. If these were the solo albums from '78 Ace would be the better of all four releases and Gene would be the worst simply because he's a boring asshole. I have yet to read Peter's and if Paul is to be believed I should skip it because Peter can barely read or write.
Apr 10, 2014By far the best book from a rock star so far. Paul Stanley comes across as a human being with real feelings. Absolutely no rock star, blowhard bullshit in this book. He empathizes with his audience and puts a real life story out there that most of us can empathize with as well.
Apr 15, 2014Get your hands on a print copy so you can check out the pictures but listen to this on audio! If it had not been read by Paul Stanley, I wouldn't have bothered with the audio but his narration made this so much more personal. This feels genuine and sincere. It is fascinating both as a KISS fan and as a music fan in general. It's almost a text book of making it in the music business as well as a tell-all. While telling his version of KISS's history he is not mean-spirited or bitter or even Get your hands on a print copy so you can check out the pictures but listen to this on audio! If it had not been read by Paul Stanley, I wouldn't have bothered with the audio but his narration made this so much more personal. This feels genuine and sincere. It is fascinating both as a KISS fan and as a music fan in general. It's almost a text book of making it in the music business as well as a tell-all. While telling his version of KISS's history he is not mean-spirited or bitter or even particularly negative when talking about past members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. I have read autobiographies by the other three original members of KISS but this is by far the most balanced and enjoyable. ...more
Apr 26, 2015One of the best autobiographies I've ever read.
Mar 07, 2019Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not only was it well written and entertaining throughout but Paul Stanley did a great job with the narration. If you're a fan of Kiss or even just mildly interested I'd suggest giving this book a chance, it's an interesting look at Kiss and the music industry in general.
May 10, 2014But in truth, I would be the Wizard of Oz: the awkward little man behind the curtain operating the huge persona.
Apr 22, 2014I have read some folks criticizing Paul for his "I was so unhappy even though I had a different woman every night and all the money I could spend" approach to the story. [Incidentally, I looked up photos of Donna Dixon. . .yowza!] But I found it fascinating and painfully honest. If you start off as an unhappy person, getting more "stuff" isn't going to make you happy. I liked his journey to fulfillment, especially the way singing in Phantom played a role.
May 04, 2014There have been a few great rock star books over the years: Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries, Motley Crue The Dirt, and I also liked Gene Simmons' Kiss and Makeup quite a bit. But where Gene's book lacked some of the "behind the scenes" events within Kiss, especially during the '80s, this is one of the places where Paul's book shines. And once you read that part, the reason why Gene's glosses over this period becomes very clear.
Apr 15, 2014The best of the KISS autobiographies. Part memoir, part self-help/motivational book, Stanley delves deep into a lifetime of chasing what could/would make him happy, from youth to adult. You would think that 40 years of fame/success would be enough to make anyone happy, but that's not the case. Rather, a physical deformity (no right ear/deafness) and a tough home life set the stage for a lot of emotional, as well as physical challenges that took him years to overcome.
May 05, 2019I'm not a big Paul Stanley guy. For over 40 years he's been my least favorite in the band. But this book was great to read. It really opened up my eyes to why he is the way he is....and also gave me a real-life perspective on why there have been so many issues over the years amongst band members.
Apr 18, 2014Having just read Gene Simmons autobiography I was interested to see how their accounts would differ. Kiss have always been my favourite band & have always had a soft spot for Paul and nothing I read in this book has changed that. He is obviously a much more emotional person than Gene and reading how he has now overcome his own feelings of inadequacy after being bullied as a child was very moving. In my mind Kiss are still 'the hottest band in the world'!
Mar 27, 2014I placed a pre-order for a copy of Face the Music months ago, so I have been highly anticipating this Kiss memoir. Stanley's memoir is an inspiring read, and a great book for any Kiss fans. I believe the strongest element of Face the Music is Stanley's discussion of overcoming tremendous childhood adversity. I think Face the Music is an excellent memoir.
May 25, 2014I gave this book 5 stars because of the last 40 pages or so. Not the most well written book, but a book that really is about relationships with PEOPLE, love, marriage, divorce and life lessons. I really loved it, even though normally I would never choose this genre!
Apr 16, 2014My favourite of the four books. Enjoyed this so much more than Gene, Ace and Peter's books. I like the fact that he got to the interesting part, namely the beginning of Kiss onwards, and didn't dwell most of his book on his childhood. And I never knew he was deaf!
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