Books about KISS





Atzori, Pierfrancesco - Musicalibro #20
[1983, Musicalibro] Italian biography and discography in Italian.

Augustine, Andre & Rogers, Mark - Guardian Of The Gods: An Inside Look at the Dangerous Business of Music
[1999, Monkey Boy Media] By KISS' former security manager with behind the scenes stories about various bands.

Baker, Bill - Ace Frehley: The Ultimate Fan Scrapbook
[2008, private press] Privately published fan collection picture book with some stories.

Berg, Ross - Music From The Elder: An Odyssey
[2005] Private Gene Simmons biography.
Berg, Ross - Gene Simmons: A Rock 'N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust
[2012,Mill City Press, Inc] Gene Simmons' mother survived the Holocaust but the rest of her family perished in the camps. Gene 'played' at being evil in an attempt to understand and even control his curiosities about the dark side. His thoughts, fears, and personal demons gushed to the forefront of his being in the form of a hideous, fire-breathing, blood-spewing, death-mask creation that he began building as a young child in Haifa, Israel. Will the search for the birth of this alter-ego lead us directly into the shadows of the Holocaust?

Bernstein, Fred A. - The Jewish Mother's Hall Of Fame
[1986, Dolphin Doubleday] While this is not technically a book about KISS, Chapter 19 is about Gene's mother Florence.

Bissolino, G. Paolo; Gamba, Marco & Sturaro, Enrico - Welcome To The Show
[2012, Hammer Publishing] Italian language book. 304 pages.

Conte, Robert - Shock Rockers: The Story Of Kiss
[2000, Studio Chikara] (ISBN: 189031398X) 48 pages...

Criss, Lydia - Sealed With A KISS
[2006] Lydia was Peter's wife 1970-9 and knew him from 1966.
Criss, Lydia - Sealed With A KISS (Second Edition)
[2012] An updated edition of Lydia's book that includes additional material such as Peter's pre-KISS tour history.

Criss, Peter & Sloman, Larry - Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
[2012, Scribner] LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter "Catman" Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock 'n' roll success and excess... Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician's memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock's most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock 'n' roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.

Dayton, Chip Rock - Outtakes
[1999, Studio Chikara] Photobook.

Duncan, Robert - KISS
[1978, Popular Library, USA] Also published as "The Savoy KISS of Death" (UK). One of the first KISS books published.

Elliott, Paul - Hotter Than Hell: The Stories Behind Every Song
[2002, Thunder's Mouth Press] Ummm, neither "Hotter Than Hell" or "The Stories Behind Every Song." However, it does include an interview.

Falk, Johan & Lundell, Roney - KISS in Sweden 1976-2013
[2013] Swedish language book that documents the band's historic visits to the Scandanavian country in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010 and 2013, plus additional promotional visits.

Floren, Ingo - The 'Official' Price Guide to KISS Collectibles
[2004, House of Collectibles, USA] Another price guide, this time combining with some biography.

Frehley, Ace; Layden, Joe; & Ostrosky John - No Regrets
[2011, VH1 Books] 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 makeup. No apologies. No regrets.
Frehley, Ace; Layden, Joe; & Ostrosky John - No Regrets
[2012, VH1 Books] (ISBN: 9781451613940) Paperback edition.

Gebert, Gordon G. G. & McAdams, Bobby - KISS & Tell
[1997, Pitbull Publishing] Ace's former "friends" dishes the dirt with some 'interesting' stories about Ace's personal and early life.
Gebert, Gordon G. G. - KISS & Tell II
[1999, Pitbull Publishing] More stories about Ace and KISS and hilarious Gebert fan mail.

Gill, Julian - The KISS Album Focus
[2002] Privately published 54 chapter chronological album-by-album history of the band. Limited edition private publication of 500 copies. All copies individually numbered, some with "Certificate Of Authenticity" and printed corrigendum.
Gill, Julian - The KISS Album Focus (Second Edition)
[2002] Privately published slightly updated and reformatted second print run with 55 chapters. Limited edition private publication of 752 copies.
Gill, Julian - The KISS & Related Recordings Focus: Music! The Songs, The Demos, The Lyrics, And Stories!
[2004] Privately published chronological recording history of the band. Limited availability from KISS Shop or KISS Museum...
Gill, Julian - Kings Of The Night Time World, 1972-82, The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume I
[2005] Book available in two privately published versions, softcover, and a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover.
Gill, Julian - Hell Or High Water, 1983-96, The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume II
[2005] Book available as a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover.
Gill, Julian - The KISS & Related Recordings Focus: Music! The Songs, The Demos, The Lyrics, And Stories! (2nd Edition)
[2005] Book available as a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover.
Gill, Julian - The Roar Of Greasepaint, 1997-2006, The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume III
[2006] Book available in two privately published versions, softcover, and a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover.
Gill, Julian - The Other Side Of The Coin
[2007] Collection of interviews and "out-takes" from the "KISS Album Focus" series.
Gill, Julian - Rock And Roll All Nite: The Music Of Kiss
[2008] Retitled 3rd Edition of "KISS & Related Recordings Focus."
Gill, Julian - Kings Of The Night Time World, 1972-82, The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition - 2008 Printing), Volume I
[2005] Updated version printed in 2008 following Xlibris edition going out of print.
Gill, Julian - Kiss Alive! 1998-2008
[2009, KissFAQ Publishing] The touring history and statistics for KISS in the period, 1998-2009. Also includes additional bonus information concerning touring activities prior to 1998.
Gill, Julian - The Kiss Album Focus, Fourth Edition, Volume II: Hell or High Water 1983 - 1996
[2010, KissFAQ Publishing] Futher revised version following Xlibris edition going out of print.
Gill, Julian - Kiss Alive II 1998-2009
[2010, KissFAQ Publishing] The touring history and statistics for KISS in the period, 1998-2009. Also includes additional bonus information concerning touring activities prior to 1998.
Gill, Julian - Kiss On Tour, 1998-2010
[2011, KissFAQ Publishing] The touring history and statistics for KISS in the period, 1998-2010. Also includes additional bonus information concerning touring activities prior to 1998.
Gill, Julian - The Kiss Album Focus, Volume IV: Never Enough, 2006 - 2013
[2013, KissFAQ Publishing] Volume IV of the "KISS Album Focus" series covers the story of KISS, and its associated members, from mid-2006 (the cut-off point for Volume III) through the middle of 2013. This period includes the massively successful "KISSology" series of DVDs, in lieu of an active recording career between 1999 and 2007, and the two studio albums of new material they did record. Former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are covered in detail, though the other former members, with numerous projects, have become somewhat condensed. This volume celebrates a line-up that has now lasted nearly a decade with guitarist Tommy Thayer, who is rapidly approaching tenure equal to Bruce Kulick's twelve-years, and Eric Singer, who has been in the band longer than any member apart from Gene and Paul - "The legend's growing as the story's told!"

Gooch, Curt & Suhs, Jeff - Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
[2002, Billboard Books] The ultimate touring history of the hottest band in the world...

Guitar World Presents KISS
[1997, Hal Leonard] A collection of interviews from the magazine...

Harris, Larry; Gooch, Curt & Suhs, Jeff - And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records
[2009, Backbeat] Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of KISS, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, the Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks, Parliament Funkadelic, to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart's meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era's biggest music acts.

Heatley, Michael - KISS The Hottest Band In The World
[1997] Short book of most pictures from the UK.

Kinnaird, Bryan - Sean Delaney's Hell Box
[2004] Overly short version of the autobiography Sean Delaney had been working on.

KISS Music Life - Encyclopedia
[1977, Japan] This 150 page magazine/book is one of the most sought after collectibles. Issued in conjunction with the 1977 tour.
KISS Music Life Special
[1978, Japan] This 154 page magazine/book is one of the most sought after collectibles. Issued in conjunction with the 1978 tour.

KISS Rock Goods Collection
[2006] Japanese pictorial collectors book.

KISS, The Auction
[2001] A 190 page catalogue of some of the coolest KISS items ever seen from the Butterfields auction...

KISS, The Official Story 1972-80
[1981] The Dutch KISS Army time-line history of the band.

KISStory
[1995] The "official" word from Paul and Gene in 440 pages of heavy duty pictures. Autographed, but some early copies fell apart easily. So limited edition, it's still available...
KISStory II: Toys, Games, and Girls
[1999] Expensive, but more pictures than dialogue...

Leaf, David & Sharp, Ken - Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography
[2003, Warner Books] The incredible official biography.
Leaf, David & Sharp, Ken - Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography
[2005, Warner Books] Paperback re-print edition.

Lendt, C.K. - KISS And Sell: The Making Of A Supergroup
[1997, Billboard Books] Excellent account of the fortunes of the band from an economic POV...

Lesniewski, John & Karen - KISS Collectibles Identification And Price Guide
[1993, Avon Books] New England KISS Collector Network's valient attempt at a guide to collectibles. Part of the "Confident Collector" series.

Levine, Barry - The KISS Years
[1999] Authorized product featuring tons of fotos. Includes bonus items such as an interview CD & Trading Card...

Moore, Wendy - Into The Void... With Ace Frehley
[2004, Pitbull Publishing] Another scoop of dirt, this time from one of Ace Frehley's former "companions."

Munoz, David - KISS
[1999] 120 page CD-sized book featuring biography, pictures and discography. Part of the "CD Rock" series. Published in Spanish and French.

Parker, Scott - KISS Documented Volume One: Great Expectations 1970-1977
[2011, CreateSpace] The book features extensive reviews of all live recordings of KISS from this period as well as detailed examinations of their TV appearances, recorded interviews and more. This book is the first part of an ongoing series chronicling the history of The Hottest Band In The World through the recorded documentation of the group.

Piccini, Paolo - KISS
[1987, Italy] Biography with pictures...

Prato, Greg - The Eric Carr Story
[2011, Greg Prato Publishing] The Eric Carr Story' is the first-ever book to tell the life story of Kiss drummer Eric Carr. Comprised of all-new interviews, the book also doubles as a study of 1980's era Kiss. You'll find insight into all of Kiss' albums that featured Carr (from producers Bob Ezrin, Michael James Jackson, and Ron Nevison), as well as those closest to him (sister Loretta Caravello, girlfriend Carrie Stevens, Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), and music-related friends (Eddie Trunk, Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Anthrax's Charlie Benante). Also included is one of the last-ever interviews conducted with Kiss' original manager, Bill Aucoin, and for the first time ever, Kiss fans will be able to learn what the real story line to Kiss' controversial release '(Music From) The Elder' was all about (thanks to an explanation from Ezrin). Get ready to learn the true story about Eric's life, and a behind-the-scenes view of Kiss!

Reuter, Axel - The KISS Collector's Guide
[1998] German list of 'releases', including many bootleg and unofficial items.

Seymour, Nick - Shout It Out!
[1985, Sweden] Biography and discography...

Shannon, Thomas - Goldmine KISS Collectibles Price Guide
[2000] Collectible price guide.
Shannon, Thomas - Warman's KISS Collectible Field Guide
[2005, KP Books] Updated version of his previous collectible price guide in small format.

Sharp, Ken; Simmons, Gene and Stanley, Paul - Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)
[2013, It Books] Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) chronicles, for the first time, the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! and the smash single "Rock and Roll All Nite," a song that nearly four decades later remains one of rock's most enduring anthems. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of superstardom.

Sherman, Dale - Black Diamond
[1997] One of the best written books currently available. Updated version due in early 2009.
Sherman, Dale - Black Diamond 2
[1997] Tons of info in Audio, Video, and other releases including bootlegs.
Sherman, Dale - A World Without Heroes
[2000, MusicCare Online] Fictional story stemming from Dale's 1980's fanzine comics.
Sherman, Dale - Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS 10th Anniversary Edition
[2009, Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc] Updated to include new information about the band from the last 10 years, this candid biography tells the story of Kiss from its formation in New York City in the early 1970s to today. Examining the individual careers of each band member and telling the story of the band as a whole, the book chronicles the struggle to make it, their missteps along the route to stardom, their battle to stay on top, and the problems that led to changes in the lineup over the years. Finally, the circumstances leading to KISS' 1996 reunion--with makeup--are discussed, and the state of the band today is revealed.
Sherman, Dale - KISS FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Hottest Band in the Land (Faq Series)
[2012, Backbeat] Since 1973, KISS has recorded over 20 studio albums; been recognized as an innovator in rock presentations; witnessed a firestorm of rumors and controversies; remained a thorn in critics' sides; and continues to surprise its massive fan-following, the KISS Army, with various career twists and turns. Moreover, many television shows, movies, toys and even comics have kept KISS a bigger-than-life name in entertainment for decades. Yet with all that has been written over the years, there are subjects that fans have never put to rest when it comes to the "hottest band in the land": What were the most significant concerts? Why did Phantom of the Park turn out that way? What were the best and worst album covers? How did the comics come about? And what the heck is a deuce? These subjects and more appear in KISS FAQ showcasing the good, bad, and the weird that has made KISS the legendary ultimate rock-and-roll party band, still going strong after 40 years. Accompanying this entertaining work of solid rock scholarship are dozens of rare images from posters to live shots and beyond. Also included is a foreword by Bill Starkey, the creator of the original KISS Army.

Simmons, Gene - KISS And Makeup
[2001, Crown Publishing] Gene's autobiography ghost-written with Ben Greenman, editor of "The New Yorker"...
Simmons, Gene - KISS And Makeup
[2002, Three Rivers Press] paperback (ISBN: 0609810022) version of Gene's autobiography, with additional material, though still ghost-written by Ben Greenman, editor of "The New Yorker". Available with four different covers.
Simmons, Gene - Sex Money KISS
[2001, Simmons/New Millenium Books] Gene's philosophy and general outlook on life featuring plenty of his pet projects from decades past.
Simmons, Gene - Sex Money KISS
[2006, Simmons/Phoenix Books] Gene's philosophy and general outlook on life featuring plenty of his pet projects from decades past. This paperback version features updated/additional material.
Simmons, Gene - History of Prostitution: A Historical and Personal Perspective of the First and Oldest Profession
[Unpublished] Pending, as of late-2006...
Simmons, Gene & Sharp, Ken - Kiss Army Worldwide!: The Ultimate Fanzine Phenomenon
[2009, Phoenix Books] "It showcases hordes of devotees, scores of amateur performance photos, and loads of testimonials from and short biographical sketches of band members. A lengthy gallery of concert and publicity posters chronicles the band's visual presentation, though a lack of dates for many posters frustrates precision about the progress of that presentation. Of course, precision is a very un-Kiss-like thing. More Kiss stuff than any but the most devoted fan perhaps should want" Mike Tribby.

Simmons, Gene & Stanley, Paul - The Early Years
[2002, Three Rivers Press] Featuring the photography of Waring Abbott with commentary by Gene and Paul.
Simmons, Gene & Stanley, Paul - KISS Kompendium
[2009, Collins Design] KISS Kompendium combines the most breathtaking KISS comic books into a lush oversized collector's compilation.

Singer-Ferris, Vivian - KISSED
[1992, Mount Olympus Enterprises] Canadian fanclub compliation...

Singla, Joan - Authentica Biografia Illustrada
[1984] Spanish language biography...

St. Michael, Mick - KISS Live!
[1996, Omnibus Press] Short picture book that included a poster.

Stanley, Paul - Face The Music
[2014, HarperOne] (ISBN: 9780062114044) Paul's autobiography ghost-written with Tim Mohr, who had previously worked with Duff McKagan on his "It's So Easy (and other lies)" book. Paul's book debuted #2 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" bestsellers list.

Stevens, Joe - Revenge Is Sweet: An Illustrated Discography
[1996, Omnibus Press] All the information was available online at Alex Carranza's FAQ though it did include some cool photos.

Swenson, John - KISS: Headliners
[1978, Ace Books] Subtitled "The Greatest Show On Earth." Another of the early KISS books including over 70 picutures of the band...

Thomas, Dave & Holm, Anders - Still On Fire
[1988, England] Biography with colour pictures...

Tomarkin, Peggy - KISS: The Real Story
[1980] Official book including tour dates from the 1970s.
Tomarkin, Peggy - KISS: The Official Story
[1981] Chronology 1972-1980 written by KISS' then official biographer. Also distributed by the KISS Explorer Army (Holland).

Tweed, Shannon - KISS And Tell
[2006, Simmons/Phoenix Books] Shannon's autobiography co-written with Julie McCarron. Includes a foreword by Gene and enough KISS related material to keep fans interested, apart from the obvious Playboy connections.

Van't Zand, Henk - KISS 7" Vinyl Guide
[2013, private printing] A limited edition of 400 copies detailing hundreds of 7" singles from around the world. Possibly the best catalogue yet.

Vazquez, Maurico - KISS Cassettes España
[2014 KISS Army Spain] A private printing focusing soley on KISS' Spanish cassette tapes [in Spanish]!

Villiegas, Renato - O Maior Espetaculo Da Terra
[1999, Brazil] (ISBN: 85-87193-05-8) 68 page picture book with Portugese text.

Virgin Modern Icons: KISS
[1997] Tiny mainly picture book with introduction by Sylvie Simmons.

Zill, Didi - KISS: Fotographien Von Didi Zill
[2003] German coffee-table photo book. Text in German and English.



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