Fireworks

Book & Magazine Reviews

Peter Criss - 'Makeup To Breakup' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/a4/f2/2a/Peter-Criss-Makeup-To-Breakup-My-Life-In-And-Out-Of-Kiss-Rocktopia-Book-Review-60-1390253868.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 20, 2014    
5156   0   1   0   0   0

Certainly one of the best rock star autobiographies to come out in the 2010s.

Published by: Scribner

There has been an enormous boom in recent years in the publishing industry of rock star autobiographies with the release of life-stories by Ann and Nancy Wilson, Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfield, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and almost every member of Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue, amongst many others. Now we have a hardback tome from original Kiss drummer Peter Criss. Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have already released their memoirs but it has to be said Criss' is the best of the bunch. Criss has teamed up with top writer Larry Sloman who was responsible for co-writing Anthony Kiedis' huge (both in weight and self-indulgence) autobiography, 'No Scars' and has done an excellent job evoking the life of the original Kiss drummer.

Criss recounts his early life on the tough streets of Brooklyn and the influences that led him to play drums and join Kiss. Obviously it's his years in the band from 1973 to 1980 as well as the 1990s reunion that appeals the most. As with most rock star autobiographies Criss isn't great on the making of the music though he does admit that he only played drums on one song ('Dirty Livin'') on 'Dynasty' and nothing on 'Unmasked' as Simmons hired Anton Fig. Criss is, however, excellent on the tensions between himself and Paul Stanley and Simmons as well as his friendship with Frehley. He writes openly about his ultimately doomed marriage to childhood sweetheart Lydia and his affair (and then marriage) to Playboy model Debra Jensen. Criss admits that when he told Lydia about his affair she informed him that she'd been having an affair with Angel bassist Mickie Jones who like Kiss were also signed to Casablanca Records at that point.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


There are lots of fantastic anecdotes about his rock 'n' roll hedonism as well as the importance of the people Kiss were surrounded by at that point, notably, manager Bill Aucoin, Casablanca head Neil Bogart, musician and friend Sean Delany (the fifth member of Kiss) and money-man Chris Lendt who himself wrote a great book called 'Kiss And Sell'. Criss also writes candidly about the car crash he was involved in in 1978, his fascination with guns (and when he used them, notably to blow up TVs, including Gene Simmons'), his lean years post Kiss (both financially and personally), his third marriage and his battle with breast cancer in 2008.

'Makeup To Breakup' is a well-written and thoroughly entertaining and often revealing book about rock 'n' roll excess as well as life inside Kiss, which doesn't seem as though it was a lot of fun much of the time. This isn't a book about Kiss' music (for that check out 'Behind The Mask') but rather life inside of Kiss and band relations and struggles. Ace Frehley's book 'No Regrets' was lacklustre and very light on certain areas especially the band's reunion so much so that Frehley has announced he is writing a second memoir, but Criss' book is much better. There have been dozens of books on Kiss and though I haven't read them all. 'Makeup To Breakup' would undoubtedly be one of the better ones and certainly one of the best rock star autobiographies to come out in the 2010s.

Neil Daniels

Share this on the web.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 2 hours ago
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site