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Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 October 2013
... 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2013
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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on 23 November 2013
Even if you're not a KISS fan, this book is a great read of the heady times of early 70's Rock. Written in the same quotation style as the brilliant New York punk era history "Please Kill Me", the book offers insight by the band, roadies, managers, relatives, groupies & concert attendees. Other bands who played with KISS are also quoted including members of The Stooges, New York Dolls, Aerosmith, RUSH & other less well known but important contempories of the band. Management figures including Bill Aucoin, Neil Bogart & others offer great insight into the difficult financial times the band endured before finally cracking the big time. The book is filled with lots of photos featuring candid moments of the band & early shots, many never seen before. I consider this the best book written on KISS & a great companion piece to KIssology vol 1. I hope they follow up with 1976-1980 book when KISS were at their peak.
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on 29 October 2013
Superb insight into the greatest rock band of all time, as a Kiss fan since the Seventies and a reader of numerous books on them, I have to say this is far the best. I thought I knew nearly everthing about the band but reading this just proved I didn't, all told by first hand experience from the band, family members, club owners, other band members and fans who were there from the start, this book tells the trials and tribulations and perseverance of a band who would go on conquer the planet, but in the beginning........... This book is a must not just for any Kiss fan but for every rock fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
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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on 20 May 2014
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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on 29 October 2013
How it all started by the people who were there. A well reserched book giving a comprehensive early history of the hottest band in world, from the loft to Alive its all here. Must buy if your a KISS fan.
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on 22 August 2014
It was interesting to read about the rise of Kiss to stardom. Surprisingly, it might show that being able to play your instruments and write good songs is more important than image.
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on 30 November 2013
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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