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My Review of Paul Stanley’s book “Face the Music”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

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paulstanleybookI just finished reading Paul Stanley’s book “Face the Music- A life Exposed”. At first, from the excerpts’ that were released to the news media prior to the book’s release date, I felt like maybe Paul was making everyone else “face the music” instead of him. I even commented on the fact that it seemed hateful and finger pointing. But what I found out after reading it was…

   He is really no different than you or me. Most people aren’t born into the perfect status quo family homes with Ward and June Cleaver as parents. (That’s if they are your “example” of a perfect family.) He was born into the, dare I say typical? Dysfunctional family fold like a lot of us can relate to… Not much love going around, shown or even expressed. He to mentions that he was born was a birth defect that consisted of him not having a right ear. He referred to it as a “nub”. He also is deaf on his right side so he didn’t hear in stereo.

  So feeling like the whole world was against him and virtually no family support or encouragement, he turned to music. Sounds all too familiar doesn’t it? It does to me.  As I read on thru the pages I felt like Paul was telling my story too. Not the riches and fame part but the lonely outsider, the outcast part. I never felt like I “fit” in anywhere either. As a matter of fact, though Paul has since made peace with his insecurities and inner demons (and Gene Simmon) I still have a hard time “fitting in”.

  Maybe that is why I turned to music too. It was really a comfort to me. At night I would lay in bed and listen to the sound of the crackling tube warm up in the radio. The orange glow from the tube would light the darkness just enough and the smell of it as it heated up would permeate the air. Then the magic would appear. That wonderful sound of the late night DJ’s and the songs they played. Night after night throughout my childhood my old friend was there faithfully. Always waiting there for me. No matter how screwed up the day may have been. Whether I got yelled at, locked in a closet, or just spent time riding my bike,  when I turned that old radio on it washed away my fears and insecurities.

 So Paul speaks throughout his book of his insecurities too. He doesn’t really throw anyone under the bus as a couple of other KISS members did in their books. I am sure he could have easily spilled a lot more about their insecurities and belittle them way more than he did. But he didn’t. He spoke of their addictions and their accomplishments. KISS was one big dysfunctional family too.

  It is amazing to think that through he was “driven”. He really didn’t have a game plan. He just had the desire and he didn’t back down. Some of the things that happened to make KISS what they are, was timing and not really dumb luck but luck. It’s covered in his book. From Paul pumping gas, driving a cab and meeting Gene Klein for the first time and not liking him. From trying on make up for the first time to being in a successful band and trying to go through all the Playboy centerfolds he could. Now that’s rock and roll and yes it’s in there. But the book is more than that. He opens up his life, warts and all and shares his story.

  Enclosing. I felt that out of the four original KISS members, Paul’s book is the best. It doesn’t have the dirt as the others do but I felt more like Paul was talking to me. As I said before… He is telling my story.

  He is encouraging the lonely, the outcast. He is saying there is Hope. He is saying you can be who you want to be. It takes hard work but you can get there. You can rise above the past and make peace with it.

               (I’m the )

King of the Night Time World,


  Paul’s book can be found at:

Barne’s & Nobles


Paul Stanley’s website

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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

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Paul Stanley’s book excerpts…, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

paulstanleybookPaul has been making the rounds promoting his up coming book “Face the Music”. But in reality, it seems that so far he is attempting to make everyone else he is associated with  “face the music” and not him. He is either setting the record straight on what the other 3 original band members have said or Paul is attempting to throw them all under the bus so to speak. For a band that I literally worshiped growing up I am both disappointed and looking forward to the book warts and all.


Here are a couple…

“As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band — which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by [us] money-grubbing Jews,”

Another website has Paul saying that Peter Criss Didn’t write “Beth”…

“Gene had been very, very vocal about not only dismissing the idea of marriage, but really have a very disrespectful and demeaning attitude towards people who did.” he said. “So for me, it really came down to you don’t belong at my wedding. It would taint it. It would do something, it would be contradictory, and for me, that would be offensive. He understood. Low and behold, he got married, too.”

Even though the Kiss front-man didn’t attend Paul’s wedding, it doesn’t seem to have affected their friendship. The friends even live close to each other. Paul explained, “Gene lives literally 2 minutes down the road. I always tell people that I can see his ego from here. We’ve never gotten along better.”

The book comes out today (April 8th 2014) You can get it at Amazon and other locations including Paul’s website…If you don’t want to buy the $18.00+ book. Go to Paul’s website and buy a busted autographed guitar for $5,500.00 or a used concert mic for $3,000.00! Talk about a marketing genius!!

Barne’s & Nobles


Paul Stanley’s website


Peter can’t write a song, because Peter doesn’t play an instrument,” Stanley told Rolling Stone. “Penridge came up with [sings], ‘Beth, I hear you calling…’ Peter had nothing to do with it. Because if you write one hit song, you should be able to write two. That’s the reality. Devastating? It’s the truth. It was a lifeline that Peter hung on to validate himself, but it wasn’t based on reality.”
Peter can’t write a song, because Peter doesn’t play an instrument,” Stanley told Rolling Stone. “Penridge came up with [sings], ‘Beth, I hear you calling…’ Peter had nothing to do with it. Because if you write one hit song, you should be able to write two. That’s the reality. Devastating? It’s the truth. It was a lifeline that Peter hung on to validate himself, but it wasn’t based on reality.”

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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 8, 2014 at 6:47 AM

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My review of Peter Criss’s book “Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

In a short sentence I would have to think Peter thought to himself and said “Everyone under the bus!”. Meaning he threw everyone under the bus. I think every bridge he could burn he burnt in this book. Is it a bad thing? I dunno, not my call or my friends that got tossed under the bus.

So far I have read all three books from the Kiss Klan that has released one. Seems to be a bit of dogging on each other in all the books but it seems Peter is the most honest and as far as I can tell, holds nothing back, including grudges.

But now it’s Paul’s turn to release one 🙂 I still think they should have released them all with the “solo” album covers!

I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely drugs,sex, drugs, sex, drugs, sex, and rock and roll.

Here are some of the Highlights according to Peter.


Tommy Thayer made $25,000 a night during the reunion tour and Peter was paid $10,000. (page 193)

It’s implied several times in the book that Paul Stanley bats for both teams if you know what I mean. (page 50 for one)

Gene Simmons has Herpes and had a serious outbreak and Doc Mcgee had to buy Shannon Tweed a big stone to help her get over it. (page 169)

Peter had a lot of orgies with Ace.  Sweet sweet Connie and Ace both uh “sung into Peter’s mic”  at the same time. (page 76)

About the only complaint I have about the book is it’s a little slow taking off and the photographs at the end are lame. Other than that it’s a must read for rock fans. It shows the unglamorous life of a rock star. From their humble beginnings to the top of the world and the fall back down and the eventual leveling out of everything if they live long enough.

To order the book head here:


To order Ace Frehley’s book go here

Ace Frehley

To order Gene Simmon’s book go here.

Gene Simmons


Posted by Chuck Gee - November 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

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“Power Chord: One Man’s Ear-Splitting Quest To Find His Guitar Heroes”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

This new book due out July 31st, 2012 sounds interesting as hell.

Power Chord is the story of one man’s epic pilgrimage to gain rock enlightenment from the gods and guitar heroes of the Golden Age of heavy metal. Author Scott McKenzie set off to make contact with the legendary metal superstars he worshipped in his rural Kentucky youth—men like George Lynch of Dokken, Glen Tipton of Judas Priest, and Ace Frehley of KISS—hoping to gain wisdom and a better understanding of the electric guitar mystique. The result is a veritable treasure trove of enthralling behind-the-scenes stories and “where are they now” revelations that will delight anyone who has ever felt a Mötley Crüe, Guns ’N’ Roses, or Black Sabbath song reach out from the speakers and grab them by the ears.

Posted by Chuck Gee - July 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

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