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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 October 2010
Another sad pathetic cash in on the coat tails of a rock legend(a fallen one,no doubt about it).What do you get when you combine two pathetic losers and a egomaniac junkie,yep thats right this book.Like 'Into The Void' this book is the pathetic ,self serving rantings of two delusional men,unable to comprhend that they alone are responsible for their lack of success/self esteem etc,however rather than accept that, they use Ace(who admittedely appears to be a pathetic ,shallow individual) as the person to blame.

What comes across loud and clear is the author(s) lack of intelligence,too let yourself be put upon so many times,used continuously,humilated,dumped upon,wow what kind of fool are you?

Clearly an attempt to make money off of Ace's name,this would appear to collaborate much of what Wendy Moore's book 'Into The Void' said.

It certainly explains why Ace's career outside of KISS is so shambolic and why he will never re-enter rock stardom.

Like a car crash you dont want too look but you do,this book is sad reading,its not nice to realise a hero you had growing up,is such a loathsome character,it will certainly be interesting reading Ace's own book 'No Regrets' due next year 2011.

Its hard to say this book is entertaining,its not even compulsory for a KISS fan,there's no real enjoyment just a sense of sadness.
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on 12 January 1999
At least the authors of this book admit their sins through out the various stories narrated. They fully aknowledge the fact that were two of Ace Frehley's Party buddies. The stories told here are somewhat funny (If almost shooting one's toe and being high all day could be considered funny) but especially instructing. Except for the co author's constat statement that Ace always had a way of making him do things he didn't want to (like he had no mind of his own) the book is a lesson on what excessive fame and money can do to a person. Is a must read for fans and non fans of Kiss, and goes to show you that the Kiss reunion HAD to be for the money, for there's no other way some one like Paul And Gene can tolerate guys like Ace or Peter; and if this is what comes with fame and fortune, thank God i've neve made it with my band.
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on 30 October 2003
This is really behind-the-scenes of Ace Frehley. All the good times are here and so are the bad. One is torn between extreme feelings of sympathy and complete disbelief when reading about Ace's antics. (It's a wonder the author managed to stay friends with Ace for so long.) Although I always knew that Ace was, shall we say, special, it's still hard to see your childhood heroes take a fall (and a very hard one at that). The literary qualities of this book are non-existent but it's a chilling read nevertheless. KISS fans should line up to buy it.
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on 8 June 1998
"Kiss and Tell" is one of those books that is a guilty pleasure. It's like a train wreck... you want to look away, but you can't. The authors are both former buddies of KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley (albeit during different time periods). They were ostensibly "employed" by the band, but were equally utilized as paid social companions. Frehley is depicted as a physically abhorrent slob who doesn't flush toilets, will have sex with anything that moves, has bisexual tendencies, and lies, cheats, and steals from everyone with whom he is associated. Toward the end of the book we learn that Frehley is suing lead author Gordon Gebert, but that does little to discredit the narrative. No one could make stuff like this up. We learn that Gene Simmons loves the women, especially celebrities, but that he doesn't care for drink and drugs. Paul Stanley, though barely mentioned, is painted as insecure in his romantic relationships. Peter Criss is said to have the worst of the addiction problems, besides which fact he is a terrible drummer. The literary form is informal, the structure meandering, the editing terrible, and I really enjoyed this book.
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on 25 June 1999
I agree with most of what's been said about this book (guilty pleasure reading, sour grapes but still interesting to Kiss fans, lots of behind-the-scenes stories), but I think it must be mentioned that it has a few black-and-white pictures which are priceless, like Kiss jamming at Ace's wedding, for instance. If you're a Kiss fan, do buy this book. But if you happen to meet the band face to face, never let them know you bought it, let alone that you enjoyed it!
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on 6 November 1998
I won't lie--- its' an entertainig read, but so is the National Enquirer. Basically, a one-sided smear campaign of rock guritar god, Ace Frehley, who we all know has been through the riggers of rock stardom. Probably, there is some truth in some of their stories---However, we must remind ourselves that obviously drugs, alcohol, and money were abused by not only Ace, but the authors as well; which in my view takes heavily away their credability. Obviously, they feel cheated out of money by Ace, and writing this "stuff" probably got them a nice pay-day. No matter what happened in those times, Frehley fans should rejoice that their hero has appearantly found his soul and to realize that he is if nothing more ---"human" like the rest of us.
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on 8 June 1998
KISS FANS REJOYCE! FINALLY A BOOK THAT SHOWS THE WARTS AND ALL OF OUR FAVORITE BAND. THIS JOURNEY THROUGH HELL OF OUR SPACE ACE IS A CHILLING, REPULSIVE AND YET FASCINATING LOOK INTO A REAL SCUMBAG WHO MAKES IT BIG IN THE ROCKWORLD BUT IS TOTALLY WORTHLESS IN THE REAL WORLD .THE AUTHORS OF THIS BOOK ALSO COME OFF AS REAL WINERS WHO SEEM TO HAVE BEEN WHISKED AROUND THE WORLD FREE OF CHARGE BUT THINK THER ALWAYS GETTING THE SHAFT. THE STORIES HERE ARE REAL JUICY AND YOU WANT MORE BUT I AM GLAD THERE WAS ONLY 215 PAGES BECUASE AS SOON AS I READ IT I JUST HAD TO TAKE A SHOWER YOU WILL PROABLY DO THE SAME.....DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!!!
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on 5 January 1999
I've been a KISS fan since there was a KISS and I was a young adolescent. After reading this book I remain a die hard KISS fan. Both Gordon and Bob did a good job putting the stories in this book together. All I got out of it is that Ace is human, liked to joke around (like most of us), and unfortunately didn't take the best care of himself. That's his problem, not mine. I still love him for what he represents and the music he helped create. I'm glad I read it and you will be too whether you are a KISS fan or not.
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on 3 September 2015
I enjoyed this 'cut and paste' slapdash book. It spills the the proverbial rock beans all over Ace, and to be honest, he gets the full treatment. You can understand just how infuriating he was to everyone around him. He indulged far too much into the world of drink and drugs and practically ruined everything! But that's the way he was, and currently in 2015 seems to have sorted himself out. Shame he had to lose his friends (and band) along the way.....
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on 26 October 1998
Although this book is titled Kiss and Tell, it is really only about Ace Frehley and not the other members of the band. The book is a compilation of stories told first hand by friends/wanna be's during different periods of Ace's career. There are a lot of detail missing about his career and rise and fall, but the stories are amusing. This is not a detailed VH1 biography or a Hammer of the Gods, but it is an amusing, short read.
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