Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul StanleyFace the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley

Face the Music: A Life Exposed

byPaul Stanley

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

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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

Paul Stanley is the frontman and rhythm guitarist for KISS, which he cofounded in New York City in 1973. He is the designer of numerous KISS album covers, costumes, and concert stages, in addition to writing many of KISS's most successful songs. With sales of more than one hundred million records worldwide, KISS sits atop the list of A...
Title:Face the Music: A Life ExposedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.45 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It. This was the best Autobiography I had ever read, it was so in depth. Paul painted a great picture of what his life was like from growing up poor to headlining arenas all over the world....and surprise, surprise, he's a gifted painter as well.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I was surprised at how good this book was. Paul Stanley describes his life growing up and his troubled family. His personal life including as a husband and father and his professional life as a rock star are shown in detail. this is not just the biography of a rock star, it is also the biography of a person and how he built a career for himself. You don't have to be a music fan to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rovk Star's Life This auto biography is a great read i was very surprised to learn how Paul struggled growing up both at home and in school. It is not the type of book focusing only on the lifestyle of a rock and roll band member but of himself. Truly a great book could not put it down and would recommand it to others
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I could not out this book down. This is so much more than just the story of KISS. Very inspirational and funny. Nice to get a side of the story from someone who wasn't numbing themselves the whole time. A must read for any fan of KISS, music in general or someone who wants to be motivated.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Rock Bio Ever! I've read my share of rocker bios and Face the Music ranks among the best. Paul Stanley co-founder of legendary New York City rock band Kiss offers an honest heartfelt account of his life. From a difficult childhood overcoming microtia and an uncaring home environment to finding his calling as the Starchild. Unlike the other original Kiss member bios, Paul is laser-focused in his condemnation of the Demon's love of money and bragging, Space Ace's talent wasted on drugs and Catman's general lack of talent! This book is well-written and takes you from the beginning when things were rock bottom to the present day where Paul still rocks with his music, his paintings and his inner circle of family. A great book for Kiss fans and non-fans alike.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Face the Music - A Life Exposed I have read many autobiographical books by musicians and I must say this one may be the best. The Starchild's honesty and insights are amazing. His drive to help himself an inspiration.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read It was very interesting to see how he got to be where he is today. I enjoyed the book. Some of it was typical wild rock band stuff but it was a good life story.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An appreciated gift I purchased this book for my fiancé and he is loving it.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Enthralling" A truly inspiring book, through hard times, fame,success and Perseverance , the man behind the makeup tells it all . I would of never thought his personal journey could've been such a ride! His dedication to his music and KISS has stood the test of time. To share his path to us just gave a clearer understanding that life was not easy and " it's not a crime to be good to yourself" For 40 years of great music to inspire fans is truly a awesome gift to us all, Thanks Paul, God bless
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Face the music Inspiring, shows the humility and the growth in his life. I've loved the band since '73, and always will.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the four Having read all 4 bios of the original members of KISS...Paul Stanleys bio is by far the best one. Highly recommended for all KISS fans young and old
Date published: 2014-04-30

Editorial Reviews

“Most people will probably not associate sensitivity with the flamboyant heavy-metal rock band KISS, and yet in his memoir, front man, rhythm guitarist, and cofounder Paul Stanley succeeds in making a connection with the reader, KISS fan or not.”