A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
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A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the cofounder and famous “Starchild” front man of KISS—reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life, both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.
Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music.
Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed—including Stanley.
“People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.”—Paul Stanley
“Paul Stanley proves himself as an artist in music and on canvas and now with a great book.”
“Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock’s great frontmen.”
Sir Elton John
“Paul is a great man who has achieved great things. From the Popcorn Club all the way to the Hall of Fame, his story is inspiring and motivating for anyone who dreams big.”
“An entertaining yet piercingly honest journey from self-conscious child to the world’s most visually famous rock band, to, finally—with the makeup wiped away—a place of peace as a father and a man. Paul Stanley’s story is both ordinary and extraordinary, which makes it inspiring.”
Mitch Albom, New York Times bestselling author
“KISS’ flamboyant ‘Starchild’ unplugs his high-wattage amps and introduces fans to an even more intriguing character: Stanley Harvey Eisen…An indispensable part of KISStory.”
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.
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
- ISBN-13: 9780062348005