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Makeup to Breakup


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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.


Drummer Peter Criscuola, aka Peter Criss, was a founding member of larger-than-life rock band KISS, along with fellow New Yorkers Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley. Unfortunately, addictions and egos wreaked havoc on the band. Citing "creative differences," Criss went solo and got clean but never achieved massive success again until the original KISS reunited with great fanfare in the mid-90s. The reunion wasn't always happy, though, and Criss and KISS went their separate ways again. Criss still plays drums and writes songs, but he seems to be focused on a happy domestic life. Criss, a rock 'n' roll and cancer survivor, uses a "tell it like it is" writing style rife with F-bombs and other colorful language as he writes frankly about his humble Brooklyn upbringing, his rise and fall in the music world, personal and professional betrayals, addictions, sexual exploits, marriages, divorces, near-death experiences, health problems, and rather poignantly, his faith. A highlight is his recollection of recording the classic song "Beth," which he sang and cowrote. VERDICT A must read for all past and present KISS fans and fans of no-holds-barred rock ‰n' roll tell-alls. (Photos not seen.)-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"[A]n entertaining autobiography....[Criss] keeps the focus on the rock and roll, which results in the best-and most honest-account of Kiss craziness during the band's heyday in the 1970s."

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