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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062131737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062131737
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothin’ to Lose brought back great memories of our days touring with KISS in the ‘70s. The book is an incredible ride through KISS’s early days and a must read for any KISS fan!” (Don Powell, Slade)

“Like taking a time machine back to the ‘70s, Nothin’ to Lose is a wild and no holds barred look at the rise of KISS.” (Eric Carmen, Raspberries)

“In Nothin’ to Lose you witness first-hand the extraordinary transformation of four struggling musicians from New York City overcoming almost insurmountable odds to become worldwide superstars. This is the definitive account of KISS’s early years.” (Kevin Cann, author of David Bowie: Any Day Now)

“The KISS boys will go down in history for their indefatigable work ethic, spirit, and insatiable appetite for all things honest-to-God outrageous rock ‘n’ roll. KISS is the real deal and this book is the real story of the American rock ‘n’ roll dream.” (Ted Nugent)

Nothin’ to Lose is an electrifying look at a band that changed the course of rock and roll history by sticking to their guns and blazing their own trail of heavy metal thunder. I couldn’t put it down. Two thumbs up!” (Joe Perry, Aerosmith)

“Rises above the standard cookie-cutter anecdotes... [for] a unique look at the origins of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Anyone who wants to know what it was like to make it in rock ‘n’ roll in the seventies will need to pick this up.” (Dale Sherman, author of Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS)

“Told with complete accuracy and attention to detail... Mandatory reading for every new artist. This is a masterpiece!” (Kenny Kerner, Co-producer of KISS and Hotter Than Hell)

“A joyous and mesmerizing exploration of the early history of the ‘Hottest Band in the World’... This book is addictive. You won’t be able to put it down!” (Julian Gill, author of the Kiss Album Focus series)

“From KISS’s earliest days playing crummy bars in front of 50 people to headlining arenas, Nothin’ to Lose is a gripping look at the underbelly of rock ‘n’ roll. And as one of the members of KISS’s original road crew, I should know, I was there.” (Peter "Moose" Oreckinto, KISS roadie (1973-1976))

“The ultimate KISS book. . . Nothin’ to Lose gives the insider’s perspective any KISS fan must have (Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain)

“Even casual fans will be enthralled.” (Robert Rodriguez, author of Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll)

“Revel in the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd as they share it all, blow-by-blow, first hand.” (Paul Myers, author of A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio)

“A fascinating read about one of rock’s most outrageous bands.” (Simon Kirke, Bad Company/Free)

“I found the story of KISS’s fanatical determination, shockingly rare matter-of-fact common sense, raw luck, exquisite timing-not to mention the sheer brinksmanship of the whole lunatic enterprise-exhilarating and inspiring.” (Binky Philips, My Life in the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was)

“A vivid oral history of the early days of one of rock’s most outrageous and enduring bands, Nothin’ to Lose makes every reader an eyewitness to the dawn of Kiss. Here’s a book that screams out: C’mon and read me.” (David Browne, author of Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth)

“An incredibly vivid and gripping oral history that illustrates how Kiss went through a slow and steady transformation from a loft party band to the hottest concert attraction capable of blowing anybody and everybody off the stage.” (Daniel Siwek, House of Blues)

“If you thought you knew everything there was to know about KISS . . . well, you’d be wrong. . . Buy this book or just KISS off!” (Alice Cooper)

“A fascinating chronicle of the construction of a multimedia phenomenon.” (Publishers Weekly)

A rollicking oral history. (Kirkus)

Does the world really need another KISS book? Perhaps not, but the world really needs Sharp’s . . . KISS book. . . Full of extraordinary primary-source material that will keep KISS fans up at night, Sharp’s excellent work should serve as a blueprint for future rock oral histories.” (Library Journal (starred review))

About the Author

Ken Sharp is the author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas '69, KISS: Behind the Mask, and numerous other books. He lives in Los Angeles.



Known as rock's ultimate showmen, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons founded the hard rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world, and is still touring today.



Paul Stanley is the frontman and rhythm guitarist for KISS, which he cofounded in New York City in 1973. He is the designer of numerous KISS album covers, costumes, and concert stages, in addition to writing many of KISS's most successful songs. With sales of more than one hundred million records worldwide, KISS sits atop the list of American bands, with the most gold-certified albums earned in history. Along with his bandmates, Stanley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. A painter, with art sales reaching two million dollars; a solo musician; a musical stage performer; founding partner in Rock & Brews restaurants; and co-owner of the Arena Football League's L.A. KISS, Stanley is a committed and active supporter of various Wounded Warrior Project organizations. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Erin, and four children.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevejmo on 27 Dec 2013
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If you are a long time Kiss fan then much of this you will already know....it is quite repetitive and no doubt most bands travelled far in less than comfortable conditions to play many small gigs in the quest to make the big time. I enjoyed the parts about album recordings more than the road trips stories. Some excellent photos makes this book worth owning...I'm holding on for Paul Stanley's autobiography now, expecting that to be a little more exciting and relevant to the 21st Century. Or a similar book about the albums/tours up to and including Unmasked...that would be a little more varied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2013
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... You got the best- book about the early days,yes its been covered before in other books , but not in this detail,this is just a fantastic read and in the words of Joe Perry,you cant put it down.

Essentially a series of anecdotes and recollections from the early days thru to the momentus success of 'KISS - ALIVE', from people that were there,not just the band,(who's opinions are often skewed to their individual/biased way of thinking).So its great to have a different perspective.

It a beautiful book,right from the embossed dust jacket,with a typical classic Kiss live pose,thankfully all 4 members featured and not just Gene & Paul,to the last page,it will keep you interested.

Ken Sharp has done a great job,written in the same style as his previous book,'Behind The Mask',the only thing that might have been included would have been dates when the quotes were taken from,giving the reader an idea wether it was an off the cuff remark from the time period 72-75,or a soundbite from later years where views may have hardened,particularly with reference to the band members.

There are some fabulous quotes from various bands such as THE STOOGES/NEW YORK DOLLS/BOB SEGER/SLADE/STATUS QUO/BLUE OYSTER CULT/JOURNEY/TED NUGENT/AEROSMITH/RUSH & URIAH HEEP to name but a few.Also oncluded are some great photo's,mainly black and white but there are a couple of colour inserts,particularly loved the photo's from Bell Sound Studios,recording the 1'st album,i'd never ever seen those,excellent stuff.

If your not sure wether to buy,all i can say,as someone who has 20 odd kiss books already,i dont regret for one minute buying this,its a great addition to the collection.

Here's to the next one,can i suggest 'Kiss 1976-1979 - Everything to lose,nothing to gain' as the title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikey on 13 Oct 2013
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this is everything you wanted to know and more transporting you back to the wonderfull 70s and how kiss became kiss this is a very honest warts n all look back to those early days of determination and triumph. lots of amazing pics with and without make up. kiss fans you need this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juh Rose on 20 Jun 2014
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The product has a great quality! I recommend for all the KISS fans. Just the Amazon's packing left much to be desired, because the cover of the product was a little damaged...
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By Veille on 20 May 2014
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I have been a fan of KISS since 1976 and I'm very pleased with this excellent book. My memories are of this band arriving on the scene and giving a young teen something I desperately needed in my life back then - a helluva rock trip that has lasted a life time.
A must for all KISS fans to have in their collection.
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By Sgc873 on 5 Mar 2014
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Great to hear from those behind the scenes as well as the main characters. Love all the old backstage and concert photos.
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By P.R. Valk on 13 Feb 2014
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Lots of surprises. Good reading. All angles from the start are inserted. Ken Sharp made a broad vieuw of the rise.
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By KidRock on 30 Nov 2013
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Easy reading - some really interesting facts and nuggets of information ! Well worth the money. Definitely recommend this to the fans (KISS Army !)...
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