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Face the Music

A Life Exposed

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In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman 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.

With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, 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 himself.

“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

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 24, 2014 – Born with an ear deformity called microtia a condition in which cartilage on the outer ear fails to from properly which left him with an ugly stump on the right side of his head, Stanley, co-founder and lead singer of KISS, faced ridicule and taunts from classmates and found little sympathy or affection from his unhappy family. By the time he was 12, the Beatles blew into his world on the Ed Sullivan Show, and he discovered rock and roll; he eventually picked up a guitar, joined a band, and music eventually became his refuge. Elegantly and thoughtfully, Stanley takes us behind the mask of Starchild, his KISS persona, and shares intimately his own insecurities about his physical appearance and his emotional life. Along the way, he chronicles the meteoric rise of KISS he and Gene Klein, who changes his last name to Simmons, just as Stanley Eisen becomes Paul Stanley, start playing in a band in high school in the 1970s, their difficulties, and their eventual fall from fame. Throughout the glory years, Stanley remains lonely and feels like an outsider off stage. In 1998, his starring role in the Phantom of the Opera dramatically prompts Stanley to face himself: "Why had I let my birth defect keep me from sharing myself with people, from embracing people from embracing the fullness of life?" He starts working with children with facial deformities in an organization called About Face, and here he movingly shares the lessons he's learned: "It's not about being perfect, being normal, or seeking approval; it's about being forgiving of imperfection, being generous to all sorts of people, and giving approval."

Customer Reviews

Paul Stanley the king front man

I'm sooo excited to read this. Paul Stanley is my idol!!! Thank you Paul for writhing this book.

I Can't Help But Feel A Bit Let Down

I have been waiting so long for this book. I finished it just moments ago and feel let down. There is so much that was ignored, felt rushed or purposely omitted. Why do artist of the day dismiss the 80's as much as they do? There was so much more about that decade that could have been revealed, but not. I don't know... I feel there is a lot missing from this book.

The Best!!!

This is, by far, the best rock and roll autobiography I have ever read, and I have read them all!!! I have never been inspired by a rock tale until now. Paul has been a hero of mine since I was a little kid, and I'm thankful I picked such a good one. Thanks Paul; you are awesome!!!

Face the Music
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 08, 2014
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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