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Publisher's Summary

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 J. York on 04-27-14

Part 6 Could Stand Strongly on Its Own Content

Would you listen to Face the Music again? Why?

I've already started the second listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and sincerity of a man who seems to have finally found the correct road to carry him toward his life's destination gives this book a triumphant personal tone much more so than the chronology of a bank we have all loved for years.

What does Paul Stanley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was like a 12 hour Paul Stanley interview, leaving no question unanswered.

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

It was, and I almost did.

Any additional comments?

I have been a KISS fan for many years, and I remember the date since I was listening to my first KISS song as I watched the helicopter leaving with President Nixon after his resignation. Since day 1, Paul was my favorite, and as I've aged from that young boy and now near middle age, I have marveled at how underappreciated Paul has been. He writes, he sings, he plays, he creates, he dances, and he, along with Gene, have kept this KISS concept together into their fifth decade. Paul is the true modern day William Shakespeare and Beethoven combined; don't be surprised if 200 years from now he doesn't have his own spot in history books with these other two geniuses. So when I started listening to the book, I wasn't surprised at all when I was totally pulled into the bands 40 year history and found it hard to quite listening when I needed to.

But what I was totally surprised at was Part 6 of his book. This final section of an otherwise brilliantly written book took it to a whole new level. The honesty, sincerity, and openness, along with life lessons he learned the hard way, transformed simple words on pages into some most golden advice any husband or father could even hear. The way he speaks of his wife, his children, and his parents after the stormy seas he survived for many years is heart tugging. Anyone, and I mean anyone, should read Part 6, whether you are a KISS fan or not. You will not regret it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David Baillie on 05-29-18

Excellent book

A great listen and insight into an amazing band. If you're a fan, buy it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By AnnieJuly on 05-12-18

Starchild narration really made this

I think with most of these rock auto bios, if you already love the character then you’ll probably love their story as told by them. This is no real exception: I love Kiss for all their faults and I’ve always found Stanley a little more music-oriented and soulful than the idiosyncratic Simmons. I liked the book. No surprises to report there. I thought Stanley’s narration was superb however: good diction, good pace, and when explaining his innermost feelings at times I think he got his point across better than an actor would have.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-28-18

awesome

i love the book and i wish it didnt have to end. im nearly 20 years old and i have loved kiss and my favorite has always been Paul this book has made me understand everything about him and kiss I hope he does another book like this so i can listen to it 💜💜💜

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monique O'Garr on 04-28-18

Old Kiss fan love it 💕💕👍👍👍

After being a big Kiss fan right up until Ace left, where I felt like they weren’t Kiss anymore, this book was so enlightening!!
Paul is an amazing storyteller and a very resilient man xx Highly Recomnend this read 💕💕❤️❤️💋💋💋💋💋💋💋

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