"...gets into the nitty gritty detail that a card-carrying member of the KISS Army can appreciate...what makes Popoffs writing a bit refreshingly different here is that he seems to give voice to many varied and common opinions of fans about both the high and low points of KISStory." * Houston Press * "All the important stand out moments are covered here, making this a welcoming engagement for KISS fans to see how one of their own, found in Martin Popoff, offers explanations, and gets critical in his case studies." * Spill Magazine * "I would be remiss not to discuss how gorgeous this book is....you wanted the best, you got the best. Popoff and Motorbooks combine forces for a fine tribute to the hottest band in the land." * Metal-Rules.com *
Working out of Toronto, Canada, Martin Popoff (martinpopoff.com) has penned more than 60 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Rush: The Illustrated History, Led Zeppelin: Song by Song, Pink Floyd: Album by Album, and Bowie at 75. In addition, he has appeared in Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, RecordCollector, bravewords.com, lollipop.com, and hardradio.com. Martin also worked on the award-winning documentaries Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and ZZ Top: That Little Ol Band from Texas for Banger Films.
Contents Introduction Part 1: Kiss Major Rock and Roll All Nite: Kiss form, in New York City. Sweet Pain: Kiss sign with Casablanca Records. Kissin Time: Kiss issue their self-titled debut album. See You in Your Dreams: Kiss appear on ABCs In Concert. Recording Kiss Cmon and Love Me: Gene Simmons is interviewed on The Mike Douglas Show. Two Timer: Kiss issue Hotter Than Hell, their second album. A Million to One: Two fans unofficially form the Kiss Army. Great Expectations: Kiss issue Dressed to Kill, their third album. Hotter Than Hell: Kiss issue Alive!, a double live album. Baby Driver: Kiss take over Cadillac, Michigan. Strutter: Alive! goes gold, representing the bands first RIAA certification. Heavens on Fire: Kiss issue Destroyer. Creatures of the Night: Kiss appear on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Rockin in the USA: Kiss issue Rock and Roll Over. A World Without Heroes: Kiss and Marvel Comics collaborate on a comic book. Loves a Deadly Weapon: Kiss issue Love Gun. Deuce: Kiss issue Alive II. Part 2: Kiss Minor Got to Choose: Each member of Kiss issues a solo album. Is That You?: NBC airs a feature film called Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Ace for the Win I Was Made for Lovin You: Kiss issue Dynasty. When Your Walls Come Down: Kisss appearance on the Tomorrow show doesnt go well. Two Sides of the Coin: Kiss issue Unmasked. Fits Like a Glove: Eric Carr plays his first show with Kiss. Dark Light: Kiss issue a concept album called Music from the Elder. I Love It Loud: Kiss issue Creatures of the Night. Part 3: MTV, Hair Metal, and Kiss Naked City: Kiss issue Lick It Up, featuring new guitarist Vinnie Vincent. Turn on the Night: Kiss issue Animalize, featuring new guitarist Mark St. John. From Kiss to Disco: Larry Harris on Casablanca Trial by Fire: Kiss issue Asylum, featuring new guitarist Bruce Kulick. While the City Sleeps: Kiss issue Crazy Nights. Firehouse: Kiss issue Hot in the Shade. Comin Home: Longtime Kiss drummer Eric Carr succumbs to cancer. Bang Bang You: Kiss issue Revenge, featuring new drummer Eric Singer. Shout It Out Loud: Kiss issue Alive III. Part 4: Reunion Get All You Can Take: Kiss execute their first Official Worldwide Kiss Convention. Any Way You Want It: Kiss perform on MTV Unplugged. Unholy: Kiss issue Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions. I Still Love You: The classic-era Kiss lineup issue a reunion album called Psycho Circus. Bill Aucoin: A Kiss Goodbye from Head Office Outta This World: Kiss perform at Super Bowl XXXIII. Cadillac Dreams: New Line Cinema issue a Kiss-themed feature film called Detroit Rock City. You Wanted the Best: Kiss issue The Box Set. Raise Your Glasses: Kiss issue Kiss Symphony: Alive IV. Hooligan: Peter Criss tours for the last time as part of Kiss. Part 5: Legacy King of the Night Time World: Kiss are honored at the first VH1 Rock Honors show, held in Las Vegas. Black Diamond: Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiers on A&E. Rocket Ride: Kiss issue Sonic Boom, featuring new guitarist Tommy Thayer. Getaway: Kiss launch their first Kiss Kruise. Paul Stanley: Reflections on the Kiss Kast Almost Human: Kiss issue Monster, their last album to date. All the Way: Kiss are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. When Lightning Strikes: Kiss set the record for most gold records by any American band. 100,000 Years: Kiss embark on their final tour, entitled the End of the Road World Tour. Discography About the Author