Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)

Nothin to Lose The Making of KISS Nothin to Lose The Making of KISS chronicles for the first time the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic

  • Title: Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)
  • Author: Ken Sharp Gene Simmons Paul Stanley
  • ISBN: 9780062131720
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 than twoNothin 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 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.Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as with producers engineers management record company personnel roadies club owners booking agents concert promoters costume, stage, and art designers rock photographers publicists and key music journalists.Many of KISS s musical contemporaries from the time, most of whom shared concert bills with the band on their early tours, also lend their perspective via new interviews these include Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Ted Nugent, as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Slade, Blue yster Cult, Mott the Hoople, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Raspberries, The James Gang, The New York Dolls, Iggy the Stooges, The Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Argent, and Uriah Heep, among others.The result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and of the music scene they changed forever.

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    • Like many hemp-addled, cheap sonic-thrill-seeking Detroit teenagers in the mid-70’s, I was a fully-paid member of the Kiss Army, proof of membership tucked tightly in my wallet right next to my D.R.E.A.D. (Detroit Rockers Engaged in the Abolition of Disco) card. “Detroit Rock City” dontcha know? Any questions?Let’s face it: with Kiss it’s all about the bells and whistles. Every nuance (yeah, right…), nook, and cranny of the albums up to and including “Alive” are permanently stamp [...]


    • I am probably the wrong guy to "review" this book. A piece of literature that focuses on the 1st 3 years of KISS would be pretty hard for me to not enjoy. But luckily this book has a positive, cool, informative fun vibe with no putting people down or whining. Makes you feel good to read it. Plus killer pictures too!


    • Yes, I admit it, I'm a huge KISS fan. Have been since my Uncle Sonny (1who managed the Bayou nightclub in Wash DC) brought home their first album after the band played the 300 seat club. I was hooked from the first cords of "Deuce". After seeing them live in 76, 77, and 78, I was double done.This book isn't written that well's really just a compilation of interviews with the band, their management, their roadies, and a variety of other artists.It's a great look at those first three years right b [...]


    • Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) is an anecdotal memoir of the early years of this iconic band. Told primarily by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, it details their beginnings in the New York City area. The book is filled with stories from early fans, promoters, record company executives, and musicians who performed alongside them. This telling of their story is not as interesting as it could have been. Quite a bit of the book is given to stories about the formation and early years o [...]


    • I'm a big KISS fan and feel like I have a pretty solid handle on their history. This book was entertaining and taught me a little bit of KISS-tory that I was unfamiliar with. I enjoyed the technique of using different individuals discussing an event to tell a story (like Please Kill Me - Punk history book did). It gives different perspectives and tells the story through different voices. The only gripe I have is that the writing and recording of Hotter Than Hell and Dressed To Kill were glossed [...]


    • Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) by Ken Sharp with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley is an IT/ HarperCollins publication. This book was released in September 2013. There are 560 pages with photographs.Before I had a babyI didn't care anywayI thought about the backdoorI didn't know what to sayBut, once I got a babyI tried anywayShe didn't want to do itShe did it anywayBut, baby please don't refuseYou know you got Nothin to loseLyrics to Nothin to Lose by KISSThe book starts way back wh [...]


    • Straight up, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS - 1972-1975 is aimed squarely at die-hard KISS fans that want to get even more inside information that has never been readily available till now. When I first heard about this book coming out, I figured at best I would get a few stories that were new. So imagine my shock after reading the book that about 95% of everything in this 550 page book is stuff that I had never heard about and that goes for the pictures that are scattered through the book. [...]


    • ARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss.As I sit to write this review, KISS is scheduled to perform where I live. Being elsewhere at the momendoesn't appears the opportunity to see the band play live has eluded me once more. I will admit, though, (and not to slight Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer) if the day does come I hope I get to see the original lineup. It would take a miracle, I know, but such sentimentality keeps me from spending money on acts that have replaced key players. When Rush [...]


    • KISS being one of my favourite rock bands in the world, this was a must read for me. The story was told in very well detail from all the interviews conducted with the band members, crew members, family & friends and even other legendary musicians. If you're a die hard KISS fan like me whether you've been around as long as they have or you're new to the KISS Army then this is a book for you. If you want to know how it all began then you have to read this. Once I started reading this book I co [...]


    • What an awesome book! I have been a huge KISS fan for years and have read just about everything there is about the band over the years. This is the first book that I have seen that chronicles the first few years of the band. You get so many great details in this book that haven't ever been available before. Any fan of the band really needs to read this book. I hope they do another book sometime soon that covers the rest of the 70's and then a book on the 80's and then another book on the 90's. I [...]


    • Love 'em or leave 'em, KISS is a super group with a super story. Hence, theirs is one that warrants the near endless slew of tell-alls over the years. Light on authorship, yet big on story, "Nothin' to Lose" is a treasure trove of insightful insider/outsider commentary from a compelling cast of characters. From firsthand accounts of band members to managers, producers, agents, promoters, record execs and the like, this one delivers -- BIG!


    • I really really enjoyed this book. It covers the era of the band up until just after KISS ALIVE breaks the band out big. The author digs deep into finding out anybody and everyone who ever crossed paths with the band in the early 70s. Lots of good stories and insight into what it took to get the band off the ground.


    • This oral history does a great job of not recycling all of the information from previous KISS books. It focuses on the behind the scenes mechanisms that allowed the band to prosper: management, road crew, promotions etc. Definitely worth a read for any KISS fan.



    • Lifelong fan. I'd say about 65% of the material I didn't know. great never before seen pictures. I hope there will be a sequel.



    • Wow, this was a fascinating book! It's a behind the scenes look at the creation of KISS and their rise to fame, circa 1972-1975. It's co-authored by two band members, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, so you see a lot more of their viewpoints than others, but they have good stuff to share, so it works out. It's interestingly presented in that it's 99% interviews. The primary author, Ken Sharp, sets up a chapter or section with a brief paragraph and then there is page after page of interviews with b [...]


    • I was a Kiss fan as a teenager, so I was really looking forward to reading Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975). Author Ken Sharpe has pulled together an amazing series of interviews with former band members, roadies, industry and media people. In addition, there are a host of more recognizable names: Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Iggy Pop, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Neal Schon (Journey), Bob Seger, and Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny, Marky and Tommy Ramone. There are [...]


    • I have been a fan of the band since about 1977 when they were the first band I discovered and loved as a pre-teen. It really wasn't until about 1980 that I started branching out and listening to other bands, the first being Van Halen, and then from there anything with color, flash, and hairspray. Anyway, Kiss has always been a love of mine, and this book is not the first read by them.Even with a long love of them, honestly I never was one to read all of the news and articles about them, so a lot [...]


    • As a fan of Kiss I thought I knew everything there was to know about the band. I read all of the bios that the original four members released so when I heard about Nothin' To Lose I wasn't all that excited because I was sure that there would be nothing new to add. We've already got all of the stories from four different sources. Why do we need another book? What's left to tell that Paul and Gene haven't already told us?That's the draw for Nothin' to Lose. It takes you to be beginnings of the ban [...]


    • If you are a longtime KISS fan -- and I am -- this book is a trove of stories and insights, many of which were new to me. Even if you never got into KISS or, God forbid, hated their sound, this is interesting and potentially entertaining material. It is an insightful, broad history of New York's music scene in the early 70s, the inner workings of the record industry of that era and the cast of characters that accompanied both.Most of all, though, what makes this book work and what gives it terri [...]


    • True spiritual darkness. The day before finishing this I had a dream about Gene Simmons giving me marketing advice in the lobby of a swank hotel while two nameless members of KISS circled on Segways. The moment, toward the end, when someone describes Simmons leading him back, in full Demon garb, to a gigantic room where money is being silently and efficiently counted, and talking about how he has like a physical, Hannibal Lecter-like attraction to it. I feel deeply sad for him in a way--this com [...]


    • Sex drugs and rock and rollwell at least this book includes rock and roll. If you're looking for a book chronicling the many sexual escapades and alcohol soaked nights with the band members of KISS you will be sorely disappointed. Given the storied reputation of the members of KISS, that is what makes this book refreshingly unique and honest. We all know about the perks of being a rock star. Yet this book describes the not so glamorous side of making it in the unforgiving world of the rock and r [...]



    • This book is a real treat for Kiss fans. It focuses on the formative years of the band from their club days in Queens, NY all the way up to the release of the Kiss Alive! album. This book is different in that it incorpates interviews w/ the band, managers, roadies, critics and even fans. I was suprised to see quotes in the book from the likes of Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop and Chad Smith (RHCP). This book goes into lengthy detail about some of the greatest moments in Kisstory. I especially enjoyed the [...]


    • A good choice for a light read. I decided I needed a little break from the serious stuff I usually read, and since I was, as a fan, in on the ground floor of KISS I decided to pick this up from the library when I saw it on the featured new release shelf. There's not a lot of new material here, but it was fun to revisit the early, innocent days of the band. Frankly, now I find it hard to listen to much past the first "live" album. They rapidly became a parody of themselves after Destroyer, and I [...]


    • A valiant effort to get the views from people involved with Kiss in the very beginning. The road crew, management people, promoters etc. add some interesting stories to the myth that is Kiss. However, at times they basically tell the same story which results in a repetitive pattern that undermines the flow of the story. Instead of being a 500+ pages book "Nothin' to Lose: The Making of Kiss" would benefit from being cut down to 300+ pages.The book focuses on a brief (1972-1975) period of "kissto [...]


    • A very entertaining and nostalgic look at the forming and rise to fame of one of the greatest and most successful rock bands ever. Told in the band's own words along with interviews with dozens of others including label people, other musicians and even fans, this fun book documents how the four founding members of KISS met and came together to become this now legendary rock band through recollections from Simmons, Stanley, Frehley and Criss themselves. There are some nice details from witnesses [...]


    • This is like that oral history of MTV book, but it's all about the early years of Kiss -- up through the Alive! album. Anyone who's heard Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley talk about Kiss for five minutes knows that they are the opposite of humble. But Nothin' to Lose offers a glimpse of the band from back when Well, and that's the amazing part. They were NEVER humble, never anything but completely high on their own hype, even when they were playing in dank little clubs, fourth on the bill. They'd st [...]


    • You wanted the best and you got the best! Ah my first rock concert back in the mid-70's, how could I forget. Gene,Paul, Ace and Peter, though far from the Beatles,ya got to give them their props. Brilliant marketing, an "our way or the highway" mentality, hard work and a vision created the Kiss brand. Sure, they admit they're not the greatest musicians in the world. But who cares.It's rock and roll. It's fire breathing.It's explosions and blood. It's PT Barnum,kabuki makeup and the side show. I [...]


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