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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. 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 audiobook, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it." (Paul Stanley)
©2014 Paul Stanley (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 04-19-14

Honest, upfront reflection - well worth your time

Would you listen to Face the Music again? Why?

Absolutely. I did't know much about the band of Paul and was very impressed with his ability to tell his story candidly and in a fun, interesting way

What about Paul Stanley’s performance did you like?

My favorite books are those written and read by the authors and this one did not disappoint. Others that are good include Ann & Nancy Wilson (of Heart) and Rosie Perez

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked understanding about his childhood and the challenges he faced

Any additional comments?

Very well done book and I am quite impressed with Paul Stanley. He has learned a lot about himself (both positives and negatives) and taken steps to improve himself and focus on the people/things that are important. He has so many varied interests and is MUCH deeper that what you might think is on the surface.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Guitar Freek on 04-16-14

THE most well-written of the KISS memoirs

Would you listen to Face the Music again? Why?

I would absolutely listen to Face the Music again! Paul's narration of his own story is so very well done, as a LONG-time KISS fan, it's exciting to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Paul's narration is definitely my favorite part of this audio book. At times, it felt as though I was sitting at a table with one of my life-long heroes, having a conversation about his life. The colorful tapestry that he weaves about his younger days, his trials and tribulations as an insecure youth, the creation of one of the greatest rock bands in history and the turmoil within make for an outstanding listening experience.

Which scene was your favorite?

There's a point when the band begins to realize that the public wants to know their opinions on topics such as politics and world events. I believe the quote is: "Love Gun wasn't about guns or gun control...it was a song about my dick"! Priceless...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at numerous anecdotes and revelations throughout the book. Nothing was really shocking, although the story of Paul's family's lack of compassion was pretty sad.

Any additional comments?

Even if you're not a fan of KISS, Face the Music is an outstanding true story of strength and perseverance and achieving success against a great many obstacles! And while Paul dishes a LOT of dirt about himself, his family and his band-mates (Ace and Peter take quite a beating...and probably deservedly so!), you get the impression that he's held a lot back, too. This is a man that didn't wallow in the negatives that life presented. He pulled himself up and met his challenges head-on. His reward? He's the front-man of the Hottest Band in the World!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-20-18

Face the Music

I'm a massive kiss fan so this audible book was no brainer for me. Loved every minute of it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By luke335 on 01-22-18

A truly brilliant insight into a rock legend

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It only took me a few days to finish this book, like your favourite tv show I found myself looking forward to the next chapters

Any additional comments?

This is a truly brilliant insight into the life and mind of a rock legend.
His honesty throughout the book and openness to describe his insecurities really cements the fact that the book really doesn't hold back. To be read by Paul himself certainly makes every word believable and credible, its simply story time with Paul. A must read for anyone remotely interested in music, a creative artist or simply a human being born and raised with struggles many in this world deal with. To say I feel inspired by this book is a understatement.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David G Francis on 10-23-17

Surprising insight for any fan

At times sad, this inspired biography sheds light on one of rocks greatest showman, Paul Stanley. A warts and all account of a career from humble beginnings to lavish lifestyle. Although the last few chapters disappoint somewhat I found this account to be heartfelt and intriguing. Would have loved info on the genesis of kiss symphony and later years, I still find this very appealing to even non kiss and rock music fans. Any would be musicians would also benefit from the stories of success and failure. All in all a great listen and would highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-25-17

behind the make up. the star of the show

an interesting look behind the make up. very motivating story of the life of Paul Stanley. I connected with it and how. Paul mentions the feeling of emptiness and not belonging really hit home with me

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