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By Paul Stanley

NEW YORK TIMES and foreign BESTSELLER

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and well-known “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the 1st time the significant highs and both amazing lows in his lifestyles either inside and out the band. Face the track is the stunning, humorous, clever, inspirational tale of 1 of rock’s so much enduring icons and the gang he helped create, outline, and immortalize.

Stanley mixes compelling own revelations and gripping, gritty conflict tales that may shock even the main steadfast member of the KISS military. he is taking us again to his youth within the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s, a hectic time made extra painful because of a actual deformity. Born with a situation known as microtia, he grew up partly deaf, with just one ear. yet this instilled in him an internal force to reach the main not going of targets: music.

With never-before-seen images and pictures all through, Stanley’s memoir is an absolutely discovered and unflinching portrait of a rock celebrity, a chronicle of the tales at the back of the recognized anthems, the various brawls and betrayals, and the entire drama and pyrotechnics off and on the level. uncooked and confessional, Stanley bargains candid insights into his own relationships, and the turbulent dynamics together with his bandmates during the last 4 a long time. And not anyone comes out unscathed—including Stanley himself.

People say i used to be courageous to jot down this sort of revealing e-book, yet I wrote it simply because i wished to individually think about my very own existence. i do know every body will see themselves someplace during this e-book, and the place my tale may well take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley

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So we edited it. “If you don’t positioned it again in,” Peter instructed us, “I’m quitting the band. ” Sigh. usual crap. The result—basically the complete express we have been doing at that point—captured the sonic value of KISS dwell. eventually, we had whatever that positioned the listener within the viewers. We had made a quantum breakthrough from the 1st 3 studio albums. The package deal got here out nice, too, with the picture of the viewers, the shot of the band with essentially all our results going off instantly, and the notes from every one band member to the lovers. We wrote the notes to personify the Starchild, the Demon, the Catman, and the Spaceman. definitely my personality has constantly been flamboyant, and that i wrote my notice with out making it gender-specific. It was once written to the viewers at huge. whilst I wrote “Dear enthusiasts, not anything arouses me greater than seeing you getting off on me,” it could possibly were taken for heterosexual, gay, or bisexual love. I wasn’t threatened through any implications of the superficial points of sexuality or type. I thought of it a praise to be discovered appealing via someone and everybody, wanted and emulated by way of humans despite gender or sexual orientation. It by no means felt like a probability to my experience of masculinity or identification. If I have been homosexual, it definitely wouldn’t be anything i'd cover or feel embarrassment about, yet I’m now not. i used to be simply cozy adequate with my sexuality to not connect whatever adverse to androgyny and vulnerability. no less than, no longer whereas in personality. Vulnerability was once now not anything I confirmed offstage. i used to be nonetheless too insecure. One evening at the highway simply after Alive! got here out, a lady and that i have been mendacity less than the sheets in a resort mattress. She grew to become to me, questioned, and stated, “My boyfriend advised me you have been homosexual. ” “Well, i assume that didn’t work,” I stated. “Because it didn’t continue you away. ” 26. After the discharge of Alive! , issues felt varied. It used to be like observing water simmer sooner than it boils. It abruptly gave the impression of only a subject of time earlier than issues may explode. An electrical energy pulsed in the course of the viewers at indicates. there has been a churchlike fervor that gave our exhibits in overdue 1975 a holy-roller caliber. as much as then we had made regular development, so I by no means wondered that it can occur for us finally. And regardless of the grave monetary problems—the volume of which I most likely by no means grasped on the time—I by no means anxious that our modest album revenues may reason the dying of the band. yet however, we have been operating out of larger bands to play with, pissing off headliners with our outrageous convey, and our thoughts have been dwindling. Then, while Alive! got here out, the doorways simply bought blown off. the sport replaced in a single day. without notice we headlined venues larger than we had performed ahead of whilst openers. i used to be a section worried firstly simply because I didn’t have the adventure of speaking with twenty thousand humans. as soon as I figured it out, it was once the viewers whose nerves sparked, now not mine. yet at the start I needed to discover ways to converse with the individual within the again row. I needed to ship power all of the solution to the again to undertaking the ambience of online game show/circus/religious revival we prided ourselves on developing.

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