Nothin' to Lose : the Making of KISS (1972-1975)

Nothin' to Lose : the Making of KISS (1972-1975)

Book - 2013
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Including interviews with band members, producers, management, stage and art designers, and rock photographers, an oral history of the legendary rock band offers a behind-the-scenes look at KISS's formative years.
Publisher: New York, NY : itbooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062131720
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 KISS STANL
Characteristics: 550 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sharp, Ken
Simmons, Gene 1949-
Alternative Title: Nothing to lose


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Aug 21, 2018

This “oral history” style book puts the band’s early years in their own words, plus the words of many, many others—a surprising number of A-list rockers. And it’s a wild, wild ride.
The best parts of the book are from the first few tours, when the unknown band would take the stage (as opening act) and leave people gasping “What the hell did I just see?” Including some of their first road gigs (in college cafeterias and the like) in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg! Or when the band walked into CHED in Edmonton in full make-up at 9 am...and the receptionist screamed!
Also funny, reading about how many “headline” acts were intimidated by KISS as an opening band...some kicking them off tours. A year later some of those same bands were opening for KISS! After they released “KISS Alive!” they became one of the most popular bands in the world—despite very little radio support.
The members of Rush always went out of their way to praise KISS for treating the new Canadian band so well when they toured together, and they get an entire chapter in the book. A really fun read, even if you don’t like KISS.

Mar 31, 2018

Great warts & all biography with 200+ interviews on much broader view on the band Kiss on the early years as foursome painfully paid their dues & get into so much typical sex, drugs & alcohol while on tour.

jhattrick May 06, 2014

Fantastic book that enlightens fans with obscure stories from the band's beginnings. Great photos of the band that displays the evolution of the characters.


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