KISS and Make-up by Gene SimmonsYou wanted the truth, you got the truth—the hottest book in the world!
Fueled by an explosive mix of makeup, costumes, and attitude, KISS burst onto the music scene thirty years ago and has become a rock institution. The band has sold more than eighty million records, has broken every concert attendance record set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, stands behind the Beatles alone in number of gold records from any group in history, and has spawned more than 2,500 licenses.
There would have been no KISS without Gene Simmons, the outrageous star whose superlong tongue, legendary sexual exploits, and demonic makeup have made him a rock icon. KISS and Make-Up is the wild, shocking, unbelievable story, from the man himself, about how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was saved by rock and roll, and became one of the most notorious rock stars the world has ever seen.
Before Gene Simmons there was Chaim Witz, a boy from Haifa, Israel, who had no inkling of the life that lay ahead of him. In vivid detail Gene recounts his childhood growing up in Haifa under the watchful eye of his beloved, strong-willed mother, a concentration camp survivor; his adolescent years attending a Jewish theological center for rabbinical studies in Brooklyn; his love of all things American, including comic books, superheroes, and cowboys; and his early fascination with girls and sex, which prompted him to start a rock band in school after he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
KISS and Make-Up is not just the classic story of achieving the American dream through the eyes of an immigrant boy making good, but a juicy, rollicking rock and roll read that takes you along for the ride of your life with KISS, from the 1970s, when they were the biggest band in the world, through the ’80s, when they took off their world-famous war paint, and into the ’90s, when they came back bigger and badder than ever to become the number one touring band in the world.
In his own irreverent, unapologetic voice, Gene talks about the girls (4,600 of them and counting); his tight bond with KISS cofounder Paul Stanley; the struggles he and Paul had with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss and their departures from the group; the new band members and Eric Carr’s untimely death; the enormous love and affection he has for the people who put him there in the first place—the KISS Army and the ever-loyal KISS fans around the world; his love life, including stories about his relationships with Cher and Diana Ross and with Shannon Tweed, Playmate of the Year, mother of his son and daughter, and his companion of eighteen years; and much more.
Full of dozens of photographs, many never-before-seen pictures from Gene’s private collection, KISS and Make-Up is a surprising, intimate look at the man behind the mask. For the first time Gene reveals all the facets of his complex personality—son, rock star, actor, record producer, businessman, ladies’ man, devoted father, and now author.
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A reality series following the life of the rocker, his longtime love and their two children. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Sign up to get started Login About My Watchlist. Where to Watch.
Like many children of wild parents, the son and daughter of Gene Simmons, the tongue-brandishing demon of Kiss, and Shannon Tweed, a soft-core star, are kind, sensible, wry and cautious. That program raised the curtain on the second act of the rocker maniac Ozzy Osbourne. On lived Ozzy, against the odds, in a bright mansion in Los Angeles, with his capable wife and witty children. He had fun with the kids, or they were a hassle; anyway, the man who was a high-stepping legend outside the home was the butt of jokes inside. In other words he was a dad like any other. First off, Mr. Osbourne, who could act oblivious to the cameras and get away with it.
Sign in. The star of " The Boys " has a great Watchlist that she can't stop re-watching. Watch now. Title: Nice Day for a Facelift 01 Apr Our cameras document every moment of Gene and Shannon's dual cosmetic surgeries. We are by their side as they kiss the kids goodbye, get prepped for their procedures and are put under anesthesia.
Once again, a seemingly antisocial and arrogant rock icon KISS' "Demon" turns out to be a sharp, smart businessman with a solid family unit and a soft and cuddly offstage demeanor. A man of many words, Gene Simmons is surrounded by genuine affection. While Simmons himself can be controversial, with larger than life ideals to match his well-managed persona, his second stab at reality fame after the refreshing Rock School is more homespun than hype. If you're interested in getting a behind-the-scenes peak at how the bombastic bass player with a tongue the size of a sheltie makes his interpersonal relationships work, you're in for a pleasant, engaging surprise. To an extent, Simmons' show replicates the success of another series featuring a performer with the same last name, Rev. Joseph Simmons' terribly endearing Run's House.
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