Paul Stanley “KISSing” the Top of the New York Times’ Best Sellers List With His Recently Released Autobiography.
By Stanley Green
Stanley, founder member of the rock band Kiss is currently in second spot in the “heavyweight” New York Times’ print hardcover non-fiction Best Sellers list- with a bullet!
Paul Stanley, better known as Starchild to many, as the founder member as well as rhythm guitarist and joint lead vocalist of the legendary hard rock band KISS, has lifted the lid off what life is like to be a member of a cult band for more than four decades in his recently released autobiography, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed.” published by Harper Collins.
Stanley, founded the band way back in 1973, with Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and from the outset, Kiss were far away from being your average “boy band”, playing hard rock music, wearing black and white face paint and the most of flamboyant stage outfits, with their stage act featuring such spectacular effects as (simulated) breathing fire on the audience, exploding instruments to name some of the tamer tricks they pulled out of their sleeves during their live acts.
The formula certainly worked with Kiss becoming one of the World’s leading rock bands, selling in excess of forty million albums in the United States alone, as well as one hundred million records worldwide, making for one of the best-selling bands of all time.
In his autobiography, Stanley goes way back to his childhood in the nineteen fifties and sixties, when he was growing up and learning to cope with a condition called microtia, which meant that he grew up partially deaf, and with only one ear. He also provides provides insights on the dynamics within the band in its early days, his and Gene Simmons problematic relationship with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss which characterized the band over the four decades that they have been together.
Interviewed recently for the musical press on the launch of his autobiography, Stanley recalled the conversations that he had with contemporaries in the music industry, pointing out that the majority had complimented him on his bravery for writing such a revealing book, which he explained by stated that he needed to write it as a personal reflection on his life.
As well as as the many thousands who have paid Paul Stanley the complement of paying out close to twenty dollars each for a hard cover copy of “Face the Music: A Life Exposed, similar praise has also come from a number of Stanley’s contemporaries in the music industry, among them fellow hard rocker Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who recently stated that in his autobiography, Paul Stanley has proven himself as much as a writer as a musician, while Elton John, not that much less flamboyant on stage, although with a considerably more subdued musical style, described Face the Music as being ”both honest and inspirational” containing ”amazing tales from one of rock’s great frontmen.”