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THE MUSIC, THE MAKEUP, THE MADNESS, AND MORE. . . . In December of 1972, a pair of musicians placed an advertisement in the Village Voice: “GUITARIST WANTED WITH FLASH AND ABILITY.” Ace Frehley figured he had both, so he answered the ad. The rest is rock ’n’ roll history.
He was just a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. But when he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley transformed into “The Spaceman”—and helped turn KISS into one of the top-selling bands in the world. Now, for the first time, the beloved rock icon reveals his side of the story with no-holds-barred honesty . . . and no regrets.
For KISS fans, Ace offers a rare behind-the-makeup look at the band’s legendary origins, including the lightning-bolt logo he designed and the outfits his mother sewed. He talks about the unspoken division within the band—he and Peter Criss versus Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—because the other two didn’t “party every day.” Ace also reveals the inside story behind his turbulent breakup with KISS, their triumphant reunion a decade later, and his smash solo career. Along the way, he shares wild stories about dancing at Studio 54 with “The Bionic Woman,” working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and bar-flying all night with John Belushi. In the end, he comes to terms with his highly publicized descent into alcohol, drugs, and self-destruction—ultimately managing to conquer his demons and come out on top.
This is Ace Frehley.
No regrets in buying this book!
I have been a KISS fan for many years but never really knew much about Ace. It was really interesting to hear about his upbringing as well as his history with KISS. Some of his stories seem a little over the top but it was fascinating to imagine living the lifestyle he did, especially in the late 1970's. Ace's behavior epitomized the stereotype of the 1970's rock super-star and the excesses that accompanied that status. I did find Ace to be an intelligent guy who told a good life story.
Worth the wait! THANK YOU, ACE!
I have waited many years to hear Ace's side of Kisstory. I couldn't put this book down! It was refreshing to hear tales that you would never hear from Paul and Gene. I like all members of KISS - past and present. But, it felt good to see Ace get a few jabs in. He has taken more than his fair share. I am glad Ace is sober and wish him the best of luck. After reading his book, Ace feels more like a human being to me than a super-hero rock star. I first saw Ace on September 10, 1979 in Huntington, WV on the Dynasty tour. From then on, I always associated with Ace the most out of all the KISS members because he always seemed so relaxed. Of course, his book illustrates that he wasn't always calm. ;-) GREAT READ!!!!!
Unlike a lot of other books by performers, No regrets doesn't dwell on victimhood. Sure, Frehley points out where the actions of others caused him problems; but with little variation, Ace points out how his actions either caused or worsened an already bad situation.