New KISS book to focus on early years
Guitarist Ace Frehley’s autobiography, “No Regrets,” is due this November, while drummer Peter Criss’ memoirs are due in 2012.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a third KISS book will be published in the summer of 2012 by IT Books, an imprint of Harper Collins..
KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are collaborating with rock journalist Ken Sharp on “Nothin’ To Lose,” an oral history of the band’s early years, from its founding in 1973 to the 1975 release of its breakout concert album “Alive!”
The book will include interviews with bandmates Criss and Frehley, and many rockers of the era, among others…as well as never-before-published photographs.
“KISS is one of the most beloved and influential hard rock bands of the last forty years,” says IT Books Editor Denise Oswald. “What is particularly fascinating about this project is about how the band got off the ground, how they came up with the concept of who they were that so defined them and captured the love and imagination of all of their fans. It’s also an amazing depiction of New York in the early seventies – its Manhattan, its Queens, you have members of the Ramones, members of Blue Oyster Cult, touring with and playing with KISS. You really get this incredible portrait of a time.”
Simmons and Stanley founded KISS in 1973 following the breakup of their previous band, Wicked Lester. Criss and Frehley were added to the lineup and the band started a cycle of writing music and rehearsing day and night before doing live shows. While the first three KISS albums failed to sell well, the band was gaining a reputation as a must-see live act, especially due to the theatrics and raucous stage show. KISS’ big breakthrough came in 1975 with the release of the double-album “Alive!,” which featured the band’s first top-40 hit in the live version of “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
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