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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609810022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609810026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,476,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Readers may be surprised by Simmons's clarity and candour. How did Chaim Witz, the overprotected Israel-born son of Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors, become Gene Simmons, fire-breathing, tongue-flexing, blood-spitting rocker?" New York Times --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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The autobiography of Gene Simmons, frontman of 1970s rock band KISS, one of the most infamous rock and roll legends alive, and the man who made face paint cool. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I first learned about Gene Simmons from his "Family Jewels" TV show, which I liked. It showed him to be a loving family man and I was curious to know more, so I listened to the audio book, "Kiss and Make-up." It was fascinating. One needn't be a fan to appreciate his hard work and unprecedented success. He was born in Israel and came with his mother to America at age 9. As a boy he loved superhero comic books, because superheros were powerful, and that is what he wanted to be. He had the boundless love and encouragement of his mother and started playing in bands as a teenager. One thing led to another and his Kiss band became a worldwide phenomenon.

He devotes much of the book to his legendary conquests of women, from groupies to Cher and Diana Ross. His relationships with bandmates is also discussed at length. His reading voice is a monotone, but the story is so interesting that one hangs on his every word. A tireless businessman and entertainer, Simmons has truly aquired the power he always wanted. This is a must for Gene's old fans and for new fans, like me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2010
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Gene simmons is at times a conceited,arrogant,sexist,thoroughly dislikeable human being but his story is truly inspiring.From the ashes of tragedy thru humble origins,his rise to the top is to be admired.A strength and belief in his own indestructability,a bit like the super hereos he loves so much,comes thru in waves all thru this book,his contempt for bandmates Frehley and Criss at times can be disappointing and in Frehleys case a little ugly and unneccessary.However for all that this is a damn good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Johnson on 14 Feb. 2014
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Ok read overall but after liking KISS for over 25 years I didn't learn anything new. Promised much but delivered little. Skimmed over later albums and didn't answer anymore questions about Vinnie Vincent's departure etc
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liverpool Poet on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, let's face it, Gene Simmons' was ALWAYS gong to write an autobiography! I've never known a more self centred person but what a story!

Found the stuff about his early childhood in Israel interesting and the development of KISS was intriguing. When Kiss were at their zenith I think I was listening to 'Aha' but then I'm glad I didn't come to this book as a KISS fan. I came to it with an open mind and enjoyed it for what it was. I have since listened to some of their music and enjoyed that too. I still can't erase the thought that he's just a 'mummy's boy' who likes dressing up like his comic book superheroes (I wouldn't say that to his face though!) but he's done bloody well out of it!

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. If you don't come away inspired to either buy KISS records or to make loads of money then you're not as easily persuaded as me! It's a cracking read, even if you're not a KISS fan (which I wasn't, until now!)
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By Mol on 28 Nov. 2013
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This book is amazing - it's so good to learn more about one of my idols; because I'm still a teenager, I never got to live the KISS era like my Dad did, and this book entered me straight into it and i felt as if i was there with Gene and the band. There are a lot of sexual references in this book, just to warn you, but i found it all rather intriguing. Overall, this is a vey good book and i would definitely recommend to not only KISS ARMY members, but to people that are up for an interesting read too. 5*!
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By J. Adair on 1 Aug. 2011
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Anyone of a certain age who grew up with this kind of music must remember the first time they clapped eyes on KISS. Personally it was the I Love it Loud video and I was stunned. Fascinating book, well worth a read, it covers Gene's life but also serves as a document of what is was like to be in KISS.
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For KISS fans a must read as it offers the expected insight into Gene's take on the band and its individual members. Somewhat self-absorbed (as you'd expect from the Demon) but an interesting read nonetheless.
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It's got to true because you can't make is genuineness up! A must read if your a KISS fan. You'll love it or hate but if you want to hear the truth about Gene and KISS you'll get it!
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