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You wanted the truth, you got the truth - the hottest book in the world! Fueled by an explosive mix of makeup, costumes, and attitude, KISS burst onto the music scene 30 years ago and has become a rock institution. The band has sold more than 80 million records, has broken every concert attendance record set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, stands behind the Beatles alone in number of gold records from any group in history, and has spawned more than 2,500 licenses.
There would have been no KISS without Gene Simmons, the outrageous star whose superlong tongue, legendary sexual exploits, and demonic makeup have made him a rock icon. KISS and Make-Up is the wild, shocking, unbelievable story, from the man himself, about how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was saved by rock and roll, and became one of the most notorious rock stars the world has ever seen.
©2001 Gene Simmons (P)2003 Gene Simmons, All Rights Reserved
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"A sterling if ephemeral addition to pop-music collections." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-16-10

This needs to be in your library

Gene Simmons's open, frank and honest work here is excellent and deepened my respect for him as a person. Regardless of your like or dislike of Kiss or Gene Simmons he solidly demonstrates fundamental principles about commitment, perseverance, integrity, and respect. I do think that there is corporate and educational edition that could be done by taking out some of the profanity and sexual content. There is not a lot of it but it will offend the thin skinned who would be more fixated on those facets instead of the very solid life principles Gene does solidly present.The audio book read by Gene himself will keep you listening to the very end. You want the best you got it from Gene Simmons.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 04-21-11

Loved it

I listened to this in the car commuting. It was like Gene was sitting in the car with me telling me his story and the birth on The Hotest Band in the World..............I really loved this book.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Babydull on 06-08-18

If the author was less of an egomaniac this would be a good read

If you’re a hardcore Gene Simmons or Kiss fan you’ll love this. For the average reader it’s not as much as an enjoyable, thoughtful or informative read as Paul Stanley’s book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jackson on 11-04-15

Read Paul Stanley: Face the Music instead.

Gene's tales of his sexual conquests get old very quickly. Details about the band and their albums are brushed over quickly and there tends to be a lot of flash-forwards and flash-backs.

I found it hard to get through this audiobook, whereas I couldn't stop listening to Paul Stanley's.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-15-17

good but Paul's book is better

good but listening to Paul Stanley's book first I found. Paul's book better but this was still decent

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