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Nothin' to Lose

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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 more 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 Öyster 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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    Carlos Castillo Novelohas quoted2 years ago
    The primal energy of their studio records notwithstanding, KISS is meant to be experienced in a concert setting. A KISS show offers pure escapism: a chance to forget your problems or your dead-end job and be swept into a fantasy world of loud guitars and mind-blowing theatrics. The band’s juggernaut of sound and spectacle remains an immersive experience for both KISS and its audience.
    Carlos Castillo Novelohas quoted2 years ago
    At one point during a break between sets I was at the bar talking to Gene and out of the blue he lifts up his massive black platform boot so his leg is parallel to the floor. He’s pointing to a monogrammed gold dollar sign on the top and says, “You see this?” and he points to the gold dollar sign. I replied, “Yeah.” He said, “They call me ‘money bags.’
    Carlos Castillo Novelohas quoted2 years ago
    It didn’t need to be sharp and clean and photographically perfect because it put across the atmosphere of what the band were about.

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