Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) chronicles, for the first time, the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! and the smash single "Rock and Roll All Nite," a song that nearly four decades later remains one of rock's most enduring anthems. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of superstardom.
Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as with producers; engineers; management; record company personnel; roadies; club owners; booking agents; concert promoters; costume, stage, and art designers; rock photographers; publicists; and key music journalists.
Many of KISS's musical contemporaries from the time, most of whom shared concert bills with the band on their early tours, also lend their perspective via new interviews; these include Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Ted Nugent, as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Slade, Blue Öyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Raspberries, The James Gang, The New York Dolls, Iggy & the Stooges, The Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Argent, and Uriah Heep, among others.
The result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and of the music scene they changed forever.
In collaboration with Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, music writer Sharp has assembled a fascinating chronicle of the construction of a multimedia phenomenon. As rock music in the early-1970s fragmented, a hardworking band from Queens drew on the antics of the likes of Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and Slade to create a gargantuan, and deafening, theatrical spectacle, custom-made for big arenas and teenagers hungry for a guilt-free good time. Driven by faith in their destiny as megastars, and willing to hustle, Kiss created a particularly lurid version of the American Dream that won over the heartland. Sharp emphasizes the role their manager, TV producer Bill Aucoin, and Neil Bogart, the mercurial head of Casablanca Records, played in creatively marketing the band including kissing contests and an appearance at a smalltown Michigan high school's homecoming. With the band members' platform shoes, pyrotechnics, and outlandish costumes, Kiss forged a template for the arena rock that followed, although few Kiss imitators have bass players with seven-inch tongues who spit fire. 150 b&w and 16-page color insert
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Not Just For The KISS Army Faithful
Yeah, I've been a KISS fan since 1978, but this book is inspiring to me now as a small business owner. KISS' stick-to-it-iveness and their absolute refusal to be denied their destiny is a lesson for all of us with dreams.
The only time it gets a little slow is when they spend too much time with some of the other early figures in KISStory, but each paragraph is labeled, so you can easily skip to the next "Gene Simmons" or "Paul Stanley" and jump right back into he thick of it. There's also plenty from Ace and Peter.
I'll be loaning it to my kids on I'm finished with it.
I enjoyed Behind the Mask, and loved it. I like how the context is given using small quotes. Very well done, great pics, look forward to the next one,i