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By Paul Stanley

NEW YORK TIMES and overseas BESTSELLER

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and recognized “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the 1st time the magnificent highs and both impressive lows in his lifestyles either in and out the band. Face the tune is the surprising, humorous, clever, inspirational tale of 1 of rock’s so much enduring icons and the crowd he helped create, outline, and immortalize.

Stanley mixes compelling own revelations and gripping, gritty warfare tales that might shock even the main steadfast member of the KISS military. he is taking us again to his youth within the Fifties and ’60s, a tense time made extra painful because of a actual deformity. Born with a situation referred to as microtia, he grew up in part deaf, with just one ear. yet this instilled in him an internal force to achieve the main not going of goals: music.

With never-before-seen photographs and pictures all through, Stanley’s memoir is an absolutely learned and unflinching portrait of a rock superstar, a chronicle of the tales in the back of the recognized anthems, the various brawls and betrayals, and the entire drama and pyrotechnics off and on the degree. uncooked and confessional, Stanley deals candid insights into his own relationships, and the turbulent dynamics along with his bandmates during the last 4 a long time. And nobody comes out unscathed—including Stanley himself.

People say i used to be courageous to write down this sort of revealing e-book, yet I wrote it simply because i wanted to in my view ponder my very own lifestyles. i do know every person will see themselves someplace during this ebook, and the place my tale may well take them is why I’m sharing it.” —Paul Stanley

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