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Face the Music: A Life Exposed

Face the Music: A Life Exposed [Kindle Edition]

Paul Stanley
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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.

With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, 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 book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7737 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062114042
  • Publisher: HarperOne (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ313ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Paul 24 May 2014
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I'll put straight up front that I am a Kiss fan and have been for a long time. I've also read all the other three autobiographies and reviewed the one by Peter Criss here. In order of preference, this is the best. Quite simply it is the most connected and reflective. Paul does not descend into the somewhat sexually embarrassing boys tales that I felt marred Peter's book and it is more detailed than Gene's. Ace unfortunately was too far gone too much of the time to really remember what happened at all. Obviously, like any work in this nature, it is the viewpoint of the writer and we have Paul's perspective - but I think it comes as no real surprise to any Kiss fan that Paul (and not Gene) was driving the wagon throughout the 1980's. He does show his frustrations on the other band members, and I probably do see where he is coming from. Interesting are his thoughts on Eric Carr, and I feel these are very honest and don't always show him in a good light, which he admits, but at the same time show a troubled mind in Eric Carr. Perhaps now that the band are settled and happy, albeit in the last stages of their wonderful career, this reflective and honest piece can be read and accepted even by those who do not always come over in a good light. Lastly I did enjoy the early stages of Paul's life which he recounts. It is worth a read, and too often people skip on to the Kiss section they are interested in. Don't! Its definitely worth reading. One of the other reviews said that it was too egocentric - but this is an autobiography! What do you expect if you buy a book called Paul Stanley and it is by Paul Stanley, it is really ridiculous to complain that the content is about him! If you want a book about another band, or person, then don't buy this! And the reason this band made it is largely due to Paul's energy, stage personality and songwriting; with the image and grit of Gene in the mix. It's worth the five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 31 May 2014
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Absolutely brilliant book - couldn't put it down! I was anticipating this being a typical read about the band and was delighted to find that this really was a book about Paul Stanley himself. I met Paul in 1982 and was really impressed by his kindness and his gratitude towards me as a KISS fan. He took time and trouble out of a hectic day to spend time with me and my (then) boyfriend who wasn't even a fan. Paul made such an impression on him that he rapidly became a KISS fan from that day onward! I was stunned to read that my hero, the person who was so considerate towards me, was actually going through such personal distress. The Starchild persona really did mask an awful lot of pain. I thought this book was great, and I've been talking about it non-stop. Well written, revelatory, and the final piece in the puzzle. Thanks, Paul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Kiss Army Veterans 11 July 2014
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I bought this book for my son, a former member of the Kiss Army. He said it was great, he loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and entertaining 3 July 2014
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Excellent and entertaining. Even if you don't like kiss. Stanley appears to be honest, which makes the book a must read.
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By Rudolf
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This book is very well written. I mean English is my second language but I understood everything without a problem.

I have read Gene's book (in my mothers' language) but Paul's book gives to reader a different perspective. Paul describes his troubled childhood, growin' up and band gettin' started. Sometimes Paul agrees with Gene's opinions on bandmates and other band-related things but sometimes he doesn't, which I consider at least interesting, because I always thought that two men are like one. But they are really different.
In his biography Paul admits that not every idea came from Gene's head, as Gene often proclaims. Paul is more humble than Gene.

After reading Face The Music I can say I understand Paul and like him even more than i liked him before.
I recommend this book not only to KISS fans, but to all music fans because the book reveals what stands behind the succesful man from pretty common family backgrounds and money and that fame don't bring happiness automaticly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing, inspiring read 28 Jun 2014
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This was a fantastic read marred only by the fact I think it could have been two volumes rather than rushing some parts of the bands career. It's a cliche, but you really feel like you know him a little after reading this, and I'm glad it wasn't just me that thought most of Gene Simmons songs were utter garbage! Paul is painfully honest at times, and whilst yes, he may blow his own trumpet a bit at times, why not, as after all, if he hadn't kept it all together, Kiss would have disintegrated years ago. Highly recommended to Kiss fans, and music fans in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to meet you Paul 25 Jun 2014
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a nice if somewhat condensed bio giving personal insight into the amazing career and personal life of an amazing showman, performer and rock n roll legend. without KISS in my life from age 12, no idea where I would be now. and to now have a glimpse of the Starchild and having already read the Demons bio I am so glad I have, like millions of others around the world, KISS and their history both personal and band oriented to shed light on the greatness that is simply the best. You wanted the best and you got the best. the hottest band in the world (and beyond) KISS!!!
drop the backing curtain and hear the roar and let the legends of rock blow your mind!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fans book 23 Jun 2014
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This book was just as I thought it would be. As a long time KISS fan i though it gave an insight in the formation of the band and it did.
Slightly self obsessed at times but never the less I enjoyed Paul's account of the early years. How it holds up the the other members book's on sale I don't know but I shall find out.
Would I recommend this book if your a fan yes not that sure if your not though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to fans.
Not full marks because it's a bit repetitive in places. Nevertheless an interesting read if you have followed the band at any point. Lots of focus on the ear and childhood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D Hamilton-Bullimore
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems honest
I read samples of all four autobiographies before settling on Paul's. I've been a KISS fan since 1976, so was dying to read all the gossip, but I was surprised at how open and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH THE MONEY
Always been a fan of Kiss and its great to finally get a book from the other main guy of the group. Received it in great condition and is well worth its money. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darren Tolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read.
I have been a KISS Fan since 1978 and I thought I knew all all there was to know about Paul Stanley. I knew nothing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Price
4.0 out of 5 stars From Sad Child To Starchild....
...What a journey! with the other three books,you deep down knew that Ace & Peter 's would be a dialogue of screw ups and with Gene's any interesting parts would be overtaken by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my idol
They say never meet your heroes.But since reading his book,I feel like I have met him.I can honestly say that I have now more respect for PAUL STANLEY the man,than I ever thought... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dress2kill
5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL STANLEY PURE CLASS
Published 1 month ago by MRS D KNIGHT
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