KISS and Make-Up

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  • Paperback
  • 304
  • KISS and Make-Up
  • Gene Simmons
  • English
  • 21 April 2018
  • 0609810022

About the Author: Gene Simmons

KISS and Make-Up PDF µ KISS and Epub / kiss epub, make up mobile, KISS and book, KISS and Make-UpKISS and Make-Up EpubLibrarian s note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameFrom genesimmonsGene Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel in , and is the only child of his mother, a German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor He has always attributed his ethics, morals and drive to KISS and Epub / his mother s notion s about life Every day above ground, is a good day, his mother is apt to sayHe came to America at eight and a half years of age He graduated State University NYSU and City University CUNY and got a Bachelor of Education degree He taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City He then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a government funded research and demonstration project He worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor, Kate LloydGene speaks a few languages English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese every dayGene Simmons has never been marriedHe has had live in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross He has been happily unmarried for years to Shannon Tweed, the mother of his two beautiful childrenSimmons and Tweed finally wed on October , .


KISS and Make-UpKISS and Make-Up PDF µ KISS and Epub / kiss epub, make up mobile, KISS and book, KISS and Make-UpKISS and Make-Up EpubThe paperback publication of KISS and Make Up promises as much excitement as the hardcover generated in December , with the book garnering reviews from publications such as TV Guide, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, and Gene appearing on Today, The View, Opie Anthony, KISS and Epub / The O Reilly Factor, and many media outlets Coinciding with the release of the band s spectacular photo book KISS The Early Years see page, KISS and Make Up features four collectible covers, as well as new text from Gene and additional photos his fans have never seen beforeTaking readers through KISStory and tracing the band s rise to the pinnacle of rock, KISS and Make Up tells the story in Gene s irreverant and unapologetic voice of how an immigrant kid from Israel became an American rock icon.

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10 thoughts on “KISS and Make-Up

  1. Julie says:

    I picked this up at the library on a whim great cover Before this book, I could have only named two KISS songs I don t own any of their albums although I do own an awesome KISS lunchbox Never saw Gene s reality show either So I came to this book with hardly any preconceived notions about Gene Simmons or the band The book turned out to be a really interesting read I had no idea he was Israeli or that his mom had been in the camps during the war had most of her family killed by the Nazi I picked this up at the library on a whim great cover Before this book, I could have only named two KISS songs I don t own any of their albums although I do own an awesome KISS lunchbox Never saw Gene s reality show either So I came to this book with hardly any preconceived notions about Gene Simmons or the band The book turned out to be a really interesting read I had no idea he was Israeli or that his mom had been in the camps during the war had most of her family killed by the Nazis He his mom immigrated to NYC when he was 9 And then he went to a yeshiva in Brooklyn He was a good boy who did well in school Gene explained that his decision to never drink or do drugs or smoke stemmed from not wanting to hurt his mother She had been through so much and lost so much, who was he to break her heart by turning to drugs or drink I m glad he never used, because it made his clear headed account of KISS muchinteresting I ve read rock memoirs where the musician was such a complete utter fuck up that it is hard to follow the story of the band Looking at you, Keith Richards And Ron Wood And Vince Neil And Belinda Carlisle A memoir where the musician is so flummoxed by how the music industry works that they can t give any explanation or insight as to what was going on It becomes a story about how the suits fucked him over and how he is a musician, man, not a square And did I tell you about this celebrity I hung out with Or the wacky high times I had destroying hotel rooms and blowing through money like water Those memoirs are like reading a memoir written by a 12 year old with an IQ of 90.Gene is nobody s fool He got a BA in education before starting a band so he d have something to fall back on if music didn t work out for him A back up plan Wow He taught 6th grade for a while worked in various offices including Vogue while attempting to build a successful band.He actually read contracts before signing them He looked at bills before he paid them He spent his money on practical things like houses for his family rather than gold toilets and marble statues of himself He got to know people in the industry who could teach him things give him opportunities In terms of the band, I found it fascinating to read about why things were done the way they were About the costumes stage design tours and the marketing merchandise I think the one aspect he did not fully deal with was his incredible promiscuity At the beginning of the book he writes that he has had sex with 4,600 women I immediately wondered how he came up with that number he must be rounding to the nearest even number, right And estimating Later in the book he talks about how he would take a photo of a woman after he had sex with her Sort of like keeping baseballs cards but with pics of naked women instead So I am guessing that he counted the photos He does mention that several people told him he needed to be in therapy to deal with his intimacy issues And he does admit that since he did not get drunk or high, his chosen vice was one night stands I started thinking he might be slightly Asperger ish He doesn t understand small talk, he didn t really have close friends, he never got close with women, he is smart etc.I think this memoir is worth reading even if you aren t a KISS fan Anyone interested in the music industry would find his book engrossing

  2. Chip& says:

    I purposely avoided this book for years I really didn t have any desire to read this given that I already knewabout KISS than Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley combined But out of sheer boredom and nothing else to read, I decided to give this one a shot at long last My first impression when picking the book up and holding it in my hands was how small the book looked For a band like KISS and it s author Gene Simmons, I would expect nothing less than 500 pages But this looked like a book th I purposely avoided this book for years I really didn t have any desire to read this given that I already knewabout KISS than Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley combined But out of sheer boredom and nothing else to read, I decided to give this one a shot at long last My first impression when picking the book up and holding it in my hands was how small the book looked For a band like KISS and it s author Gene Simmons, I would expect nothing less than 500 pages But this looked like a book that I would finish in just a few days 3 days to be exact.Upon reading the book, I quickly realized that I wasn t going to get anything new from the man himself Everything that you have ever heard about KISS and its humble beginnings, and you KISS fans know exactly what I m talking about, you have seen and heard the stories told a million times over from Gene himself either in on camera interviews or print from magazines and other books over the years.I was hoping to get adetailed account of most of the pivotal moments of the band s history But that was not the case here Most of the back history from his days as a child all the way to the Farewell Tour is pretty much glossed over, recounting stuff that most KISS fan s already know And when the band isn t being talked about in the book, Gene is bragging about his sexual exploits But the way he paints the picture of each woman he banged, it comes off as a bad clich of a porn plot After awhile it just becomes laughable every time he talks about yet another conquest I m not saying that none of this happened or that it didn t happen the way he describes It s just left me laughingthan admiring his ability to get any woman he wants.The only thing that I found fascinating within the pages of KISS And Make up was the dirt he dishes on Ace Frehley and Peter Criss These are the only things that came off as new to me that I had never heard about Sure I have heard both Gene and Paul slam both Ace and Peter for years and years But getting first hand accounts of what Ace and Peter did to incur the wrath of Gene was somewhat eye opening here But after awhile, it just seemed a bit harsh and started to feelandlike character assassination on them for the sake of just getting back at them I m not saying that none of what Gene described didn t happen But there are two sides to every story and it s why I anxiously await the release of Ace s book to hear what he has to say on the matter.All in all, I would recommend this book only to those that know nothing about KISS and need a quick crash course on the band For everyone else, I would just get it from the library, which is what I did here

  3. Ilene says:

    This book surprised me I was a KISS fan as a teen and have recently started watching his reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels On a whim I picked this up and have to say that it was a quick and enjoyable read Fine literature, no but it was fun Told in a very stream of consciousness manner the book takes you from Gene s childhood as Chaim Whitz from Haifa, Israel to the mega success of one of the most innovative rock bands ever He spills the dirt on every aspect of his life whether it be This book surprised me I was a KISS fan as a teen and have recently started watching his reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels On a whim I picked this up and have to say that it was a quick and enjoyable read Fine literature, no but it was fun Told in a very stream of consciousness manner the book takes you from Gene s childhood as Chaim Whitz from Haifa, Israel to the mega success of one of the most innovative rock bands ever He spills the dirt on every aspect of his life whether it be his early days in Brooklyn attending a Hebrew Day school or the details of his many, many conquests on the road as a member of KISS You are privy to a behind the scenes look at the workings both musical and business of a band Not being of a music background it was interesting to see the development of the band and the problems that they faced along the way Gene doesn t hold back at all, he lets it all hang out Fights with band members, hard decisions the band had to make and then later, his complete turnaround on the subject of commitment and fatherhood Again, not great literature but a fun look into a man who doesn t take himself or the world around him too seriously

  4. Christopher Long says:

    To some, he s a god To others, he s a devil But one thing can t be denied Gene Simmons IS an iconic superstar And his autobiography, Kiss and Make Up, shines a bright light on the riveting tale of a boy who came to America with a dream a really BIG dream.At one point in my life, I was a faithful, fervent KISS follower In fact, I actually felt somewhat honored when Simmons threatened to knock me out one night while at a hotel bar during the 1983 Lick it Up tour It s a long story, but To some, he s a god To others, he s a devil But one thing can t be denied Gene Simmons IS an iconic superstar And his autobiography, Kiss and Make Up, shines a bright light on the riveting tale of a boy who came to America with a dream a really BIG dream.At one point in my life, I was a faithful, fervent KISS follower In fact, I actually felt somewhat honored when Simmons threatened to knock me out one night while at a hotel bar during the 1983 Lick it Up tour It s a long story, but let s just say that I was very young at the time I possessed limited people skills and probably needed to be put in my place However, in my defense, I will say that the larger than life rock star did have his hand up my fianc e s skirt at that moment And well, like I said, it s a long story.Anyway, the point is, even for as much of a drooling fan as I was at one point, I still found Kiss and Make Up to be an informative and highly entertaining read And although the book reveals plenty of dirt on one of rock s greatest bands, it also tells a compelling personal story of a poor, eight year old kid who emigrated from Israel with his mother and ultimately achieved the American Dream.When he first arrived in this country as Chaim Witz in the 1950s, Simmons couldn t speak a word of English Perhaps it was due to his mother s experiences in Nazi concentration camps or her struggles as a single parent, but early on Simmons developed essential survival skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed.Simmons quickly fell in love with all things American TV, comic books, music and movies He promised his mother that he always would have something to fall back on in life, so he went to college and earned several degrees before completely pursuing his rock and roll dream.From there, Kiss and Make Up is filled with salacious accounts of Simmons outrageous rock and roll life most of which involve his favorite pastime, chasing skirt Big girls and little girls, fat girls and thin girls, younger and older if you re a legal age female with a pulse, Gene Simmons wants to give you his room number.Of course Kiss and Make Up also contains KISS related dish that most fans won t believe and many may not want to read But as Simmons puts it, the book contains the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth While that may, or may not be, I d still be curious to compare notes if and when Paul Stanley publishes his story Christopher Long January 2003

  5. M says:

    My review will take the form of the FB posts I made while listening to the audiobook FULL DISCLOSURE I am a big KISS fan You may hate Gene Simmons It doesn t matter He was my teenage hero and KISS has been one of my favorite bands since I was 12 I am listening to the audio version of the book read by Gene Simmons himself It is nothing short of amazing to me I am not telling you to admire him I am not telling you to like him or even care It s just a great story of a famous American immi My review will take the form of the FB posts I made while listening to the audiobook FULL DISCLOSURE I am a big KISS fan You may hate Gene Simmons It doesn t matter He was my teenage hero and KISS has been one of my favorite bands since I was 12 I am listening to the audio version of the book read by Gene Simmons himself It is nothing short of amazing to me I am not telling you to admire him I am not telling you to like him or even care It s just a great story of a famous American immigrant And his voice, as always, is incredibly soothing.Here s the difference between the Italian Mother and the Jewish Mother The Italian Mother says, if you don t do what I tell you, I am going to kill you The Jewish Mother says, If you don t do what I tell you, I am going to kill myself Gene Simmons.So far my takeaways on the Gene Simmons book yeah, I know this is kind of a big deal because I never read are the following 1 Don t disappoint your mother.2 See opportunity.3 Work hard 4 Don t promise what you can t deliver.5 When your dad doesn t do his job, super heroes can be a sufficient stand in 6 Maintain childlike optimism 7 DIY until you can afford not to and then still DIY.Further takeaways from the Gene Simmons autobio audiobook 1 sexual assault is going to make being emotionally intimate difficult or impossible2 paternal abandonment makes commitment hard or impossible3 Cake is superior to fancy food.4 Small talk about other people is boring5 It s possible to be really successful and still only pay 200 month in rent and not spend a bunch of cash on things SAVE.Final takeaway from the Gene Simmons book I try to run my life business endeavors like Gene Simmons That s my intention to be professional, successful and respected But at my heart I am Ace Frehley self indulgent, paranoid, prone to extreme laziness, never quite living up to my potential Cursed ACK The book gets a little sentimental and preachy about not doing drugs at the end but hey, Gene can say whatever People are still going to love it or hate it and him

  6. Ensiform says:

    I guess I m on some kind of Gene Simmons kick In this autobiography, Gene tells of his youth in Israel, his interest in comics, music and girls, his band s rise to superstardom, the dissolution of the original line up according to the author, due to Ace and Peter s drug abuse and unprofessionalism , the come back, and last but not least, of finding the love of his life Shannon Tweed and the birth of their two kids.Simmons is far less self aggrandizing, andrealistic, in this earlier book I guess I m on some kind of Gene Simmons kick In this autobiography, Gene tells of his youth in Israel, his interest in comics, music and girls, his band s rise to superstardom, the dissolution of the original line up according to the author, due to Ace and Peter s drug abuse and unprofessionalism , the come back, and last but not least, of finding the love of his life Shannon Tweed and the birth of their two kids.Simmons is far less self aggrandizing, andrealistic, in this earlier book than the one I just read Sex Money Kiss which is to say, he still comes off as a posturing egomaniac, but at least he knows it I don t know exactly what I was looking for in reading this there is, at its heart, the classic American Dream story clueless immigrant comes to the land of opportunity, makes it big, which is worth something but I am disappointed at how much Simmons glosses over regarding the rise, decline and rise of KISS Motley Crue s The Dirt Confessions Of The World s Most Notorious Rock Band this ain t where are the sordid tales of life in the studio and on the road Few and far between, unfortunately

  7. Michael says:

    I waited quite awhile to read this book and when I found it online for a dollar I figured what the hell Maybe Gene had written an awesome tale drenched in blood and fire This is the demon after all right The problem is that the book is quite boring Gene isn t a great story teller and the book just feels like a bunch of stuff thrown together without any excitement Hell, this guy hadass than a toilet seat yet he just randomly throws liasons into various stories but it s all matter of f I waited quite awhile to read this book and when I found it online for a dollar I figured what the hell Maybe Gene had written an awesome tale drenched in blood and fire This is the demon after all right The problem is that the book is quite boring Gene isn t a great story teller and the book just feels like a bunch of stuff thrown together without any excitement Hell, this guy hadass than a toilet seat yet he just randomly throws liasons into various stories but it s all matter of fact There s nothing new here so if you re a fan of the band there s really nothing here we as Kiss fans haven t already heard a million times Gene is a very boring man and as I continued to read I kept asking myself why It wasn t entertaining at all If he had made an effort to add something new or at least made an attempt to be less matter of fact the book would ve been better The only spark of life we get from Gene is when he talks about his kids and that s near the end of the book We get nothing about his relationship with Paul Stanley or anything new about the band As I finished it I was dissapointed It was like listening to The Elder You have to check it out because it is a piece of Kisstory but after it s over you throw it on a shelf and forget about it

  8. Andy says:

    This is a review of the audio recording of Kiss and Make Up read by Gene Simmons, the author You haven t really experienced the absurdity of his autobiography until you ve heard The Man himself reading his own thoughts, read with a drop dead seriousness that would make Yul Brynner s ghost jealous I once listened to all 6 CD s in my car on an endless trip to Las Vegas My ears screamed in pain I liked the rock gossip but whoever thought his childhood was fascinating I was a teenage lifeguar This is a review of the audio recording of Kiss and Make Up read by Gene Simmons, the author You haven t really experienced the absurdity of his autobiography until you ve heard The Man himself reading his own thoughts, read with a drop dead seriousness that would make Yul Brynner s ghost jealous I once listened to all 6 CD s in my car on an endless trip to Las Vegas My ears screamed in pain I liked the rock gossip but whoever thought his childhood was fascinating I was a teenage lifeguard in the Catskills must be crazy How anyone can make their first sexual experience sound dull is beyond me Final advice If you buy the CD set start with disc 4 Toss out the first three discs

  9. John Lyman says:

    I ve been a Kiss fan for a long time and regret never having seen them live I have a new respect for Gene Simmons, he is truly one of a kind Great read, although watching him and Paul tolerate Ace and Peter s shenanigans over and over was hard to handle after a while.

  10. Angela(Angie) says:

    Great I enjoyed this as an audiobook on a long plane ride Gene Simmons had a very interesting childhood.