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Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss [Kindle Edition]

Peter Criss
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LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ’n’ roll success and excess.

KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.

Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.

Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.

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"Criss' book is wonderfully sleazy and graphic even for a rock-star memoir...A nasty fun read."

About the Author

Peter Criss co-founded KISS in 1973 along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley. He left the band in 1979, embarking on a solo career. In 1995, he reunited with KISS, resulting in a phenomenally successful world tour before he left the band again in 2004. Criss appeared in the HBO series "Oz" in 2002, and he continues to write and record music. His most recent solo album, 2007's "One for All," reached #36 on the "Billboard" Top Independent Album list. Larry "Ratso" Sloman is best known as Howard Stern's collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, "Private Parts "and "Miss America." Sloman's recent collaborations include "Mysterious Stranger," with magician David Blaine, and "Scar Tissue," the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis--both books were "New York Times "bestsellers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12455 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL4XM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good 29 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was Churchill who said "history will be kind to me as I intend to write it." Then again it has also been said that history is written by the victors, look what happened to Richard III after Bosworth!The connection here is that the history of Kiss passed to the control of Gene and Paul and Peter largely got written out as a whinger who in many regards didn't have a clue. Peter I feel has always had a great singing voice, underused in his time in the band. Check out Beth, I can't stop the rain (solo album) or Blue Moon over Brooklyn (Cat 1) for the cat man at his best - in my view. But he also had huge problems in the 70's and early eighties with drugs and he became more and more unprofessional, as he himself admits. Gene and Paul held it together and to be frank I would have sacked him too. As for the book it is really well written, painfully honest and deals with his own faults as much as with the faults of the others. It is in places emotionally raw and at other times disturbing, especially on an aside on Mark St John. Sometimes touching, as when Peter asked Gene for his bass after the filming of 'Shandi' his last day with the band. It is often very sad and sometimes crazy, but always clear and controlled. I don't give it five as I found the many references to the size of various dicks and the very intimate sexual details of whether erections were achieved or not a bit uncomfortable and I didn't really need to know, the sex is there and usually crude. Otherwise an amazing inside view of one of the great bands of all time and I enjoyed the read. Well done Peter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same same as every rock biography 30 Oct. 2012
By Roger
Peter Criss biography is a lot like Aces with the difference that Peter seems to complain more, blame others more and is way more paranoid. But maybe that's because that every project he has started after Kiss has bombed. So he has to blame it on something or someone. The talent he had seems to gone up his nose. But that's more a review of his persona not the book, so here goes:

If you are a long time Kiss fan you should of course read this book and all Kiss fans will read it cause we buy all the crap any one of them ever put out for sale. Will you find out anything new? Yes there some bits I had not heard before so that's kinda cool, but it's not much.

If you are not a Kiss fan don't bother. I mean who want to read about an old man bragging about the size of his penis and all the chicks he has penetrated? Its some times disgusting to read what ass he was, how he treated people in general and women in particular. Some times the book is funny though, specially when
Peter confuses "street smart" with being dumb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DIRTY LIVIN!!!!!! 8 Jan. 2013
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow,talk about deja vu,this time last year i was reading ACE's book,his delusions of granduer and its - not me ,its them- reasoning for everything bad that happened to him.Well what do you know its exactly the same here.

Peter's lack of understanding that HE and HE alone is pretty much the cause of all his band/business related problems,is breath taking,every disaster,set back is pointed squarely at some one else,he occasionally looks like he might actually take some responsibility but then ruins it all with more jaw dropping stupidity or feckless,tactless comments.

For example,he sleeps around because, well, his wife wasnt good in bed!!!,his early bands failed becuase he was pro but the others werent,he joined Gene & Paul,who were clearly driven to succeed,they're professionalism offended him,they were too perfect,you couldnt make it up,so it continues,he admits to being completely out of it while performing in the 70's,sabotaging shows yet bristles that Gene & Paul treated him like an imbecile(as they did Ace who was also bombed).

Post KISS,after the first split,he wails that they held him back,missing the point there were no star musicians or groups falling over themselves to work with him(did he not wonder why?). All those great songs not picked by kiss and those that were 'butchered' by Gene and Paul,he had ample time to re produce for the fans on his solo albums,surprise surprise he didnt.

Sadly it continues 3 times he signed and regretted contracts,then blamed everyone else,sadly Peter's conceit of himself outways any semblance of reality,point in case,when he finds out someone was cheating on him,the fact that it was with a musician from a lesser band hurt him more,it beggars belief,a more arrogant deluded man its hard to find.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By rfirth1
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Growing up as a Kiss fan, I was never hugely interested in Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Let's face it, it's quite difficult to avoid their opinions and attitudes. I was always intrigued by the guys who didn't get as much of the limelight - Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Eric Carr and Mark St. John (although one of Peter's stories about Mark is rather disturbing...). In this book Peter proves himself to be an able storyteller. He also takes a warts and all approach, detailing the full story of his life. He doesn't pick and choose which bits he is going to tell you (Mr. Frehley...) or try to rewite history (Mr.Simmons...). Instead we get a heartfelt journey through the highs of life in 1970s Kiss to the lows of addiction, depression, the disappointment of his own albums not getting the recognition they deserved and cancer and then back to what hopefully will be a happy every after for Peter and Gigi. Loved the book - couldn't put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The (well written) Simmons and Stanley done me wrong song
For about the first two thirds of this autobiography, Criss's book is very hard to put down. I know many rock biographies are tales of excess gone wrong, but it is nevertheless... Read more
Published 29 days ago by B. S. Marlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised and loved it!
Out of all members, Peter Criss has always been by far my least favourite.
As a KISS fan it is highly documented that Peter was the one that threw tantrums / a pity party... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leanne
1.0 out of 5 stars A sad excuse for a drummer and a man!
This is the last of the 4 bio's I read. I kept hoping that my preconceptions were wrong, but no, Paul and Gene (and even Ace at times) were right about this loser. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book and an easy transaction, brought it in conjunction with Paul Stanley's, came together, great addition!
Published 7 months ago by Sam Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative read, some conflicting allegations
Published 8 months ago by Mr A POOLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading for kiss fans
after reading all four books on the kiss original members, they all have their own take on what happened, all four are good reads and are worth a look.
Published 8 months ago by Graham harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Fester kiss man
Top notch read if you are a kiss fan I mean the real KISS not the clowns that are killing what kiss is really about . Read more
Published 10 months ago by vince campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Having grown up watching Kiss to see the break up was hard for me but having read Aces book and now this one you get the feeling anyone would have left the band given the way both... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bigdog693
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Obviously being a KISS fan I will read autobiography's on them. This was surprisingly better than both Simmons and Frehleys books. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. D. Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the Cover.
I brought this book for my Kiss fan husband. He's read the books by other band members Gene and Ace, but wanted to read Peter's side of the Kiss story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. Hodson
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