Makeup to Breakup

Makeup to Breakup

My Life in and Out of Kiss

Book - 2012
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Founding drummer Peter "Catman" Criss's New York Times bestselling memoir, "the best--and most honest--account of KISS craziness during the band's heyday in the 1970s" ( Publishers Weekly ), now in paperback--"KISS fans will love every word" ( Rolling Stone ).

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. KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.

Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. He endured lean years, street violence, and the roller-coaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he'd make it. Now Peter tells of his eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he'd one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer. Makeup to Breakup is the heartfelt account of one of music's most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock 'n' roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this. "A must-read for all past and present KISS fans and fans of no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll tell-alls."
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451620832
Branch Call Number: B CRISS PETER
Characteristics: xii, 365 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sloman, Larry


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May 12, 2017

It was a fun read. Got to say that Peter's reputation as the "dumb" one is certainly well-earned!

Oct 03, 2013

This book is awesome. Constant. Never a dull moment. I wasn't even a KISS fan but did enjoy Family Jewels series on TV, but this is an incredible truth of Peter's life good bad and ugly, but honestly displays his ups and downs, and all our human flaws.

Feb 06, 2013

Got it out, after we read Kiss and Make-up, by Simmons. This is better written I think, and a better view. Didn't finish - other things on the go.

Jan 08, 2013

GREAT book! Ace's was pretty good and Gene's was his usual view of the world but this was by far the best. Will never see the fake Kiss live!


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