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By Ace Frehley

A humorous, candid, New York Times bestselling memoir from the previous lead guitarist of the mythical rock band KISS, Ace Frehley.

The mythical guitar god who handed all limits and lived to inform takes lovers on a wild trip via KISStory.

He was once only a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. but if he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley reworked into “The Spaceman”—and helped flip KISS into one of many top-selling bands of all time. Now, for the 1st time, the liked rock icon unearths his facet of the tale with no-holds-barred honesty . . . and no regrets.

For KISS enthusiasts, Ace deals a unprecedented behind-the-makeup examine the band’s mythical origins, together with the lightning-bolt brand he designed and the clothes his mom sewed. He talks in regards to the unstated department in the band—he and Peter Criss as opposed to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—because the opposite didn’t “party each day.” Ace additionally finds the interior tale at the back of his turbulent break-up with KISS, their successful reunion a decade later, and his ruin solo occupation. alongside the way in which, he stocks wild tales approximately dancing at Studio fifty four with “The Bionic Woman,” operating as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and bar-flying all evening with John Belushi. after all, he involves phrases along with his hugely publicized descent into alcohol, medications, and self-destruction—ultimately handling to overcome his demons and are available out on top.

This is Ace Frehley. No make-up. No apologies. No regrets.

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To be in that studio, within the related spot the place Hendrix had stood, with Eddie Kramer turning the knobs… good, how may this be taking place? however it was once occurring. We laid down the instrumental tracks at the first day, the vocals at the moment, and combined every little thing at the 3rd. inside of 3 days we had a five-song demo: “Deuce,” “Strutter,” “Watchin’ You,” “Black Diamond,” and “Cold Gin. ” The final of those, “Cold Gin,” represented my first writing contribution to the band. It used to be a tune approximately loneliness and poverty—hard instances in general—and the relaxation that may be present in a bottle, an idea I’d come to grasp good sooner or later, yet that I understood in basic terms within the summary on the time: It’s time to depart and get one other quart round the nook on the liquor shop the most cost effective stuff is all i would like To get me again on my ft back “Cold Gin” is an effective music. It grew to become a KISS live performance staple and it holds up good this day; it’s withstood the attempt of time. yet i must admit—I’m no longer even certain what i used to be attempting to say, or why I wrote a track approximately gin (let by myself chilly gin). I didn’t drink gin; didn’t drink liquor of any variety quite often. i used to be a lager guy then, and never even a gourmand. Gimme a can of no matter what you had within the refrigerator, and that i was once chuffed. i needed to write down a consuming track, and “Cold Gin” gave the impression of an exceptional name. So I went with it. operating with Eddie Kramer used to be a visit, within the top feel of the note. correct from the beginning (and we might cross directly to interact on a number of projects), Eddie and that i acquired alongside nice. We had a great operating dating and, later, a friendship besides. Eddie wasn’t only a marvelous manufacturer and engineer; he used to be talented whilst it got here to handling expertise. now not in a company experience, yet within the feel that he understood the right way to get the simplest out of a musician within the studio. He tolerated, even perhaps preferred, quirks and eccentricities, and that i had a shitload of either. What I beloved approximately Eddie used to be that he appeared to recognize my skill as a guitar participant. I wasn’t the main safe man. i wished a pat at the again every so often. Eddie used to supply compliment and feedback in approximately equivalent quantities. at the very least the place i used to be involved, he used to be a beneficiant man. while i used to be round him, i wished to play good, and that i desired to provide my most sensible attempt. i wanted the encouragement, and that i bought it from Eddie. In equity, all of us did, and it used to be Eddie’s encouragement and ability that helped make that demo the most effective recordings KISS ever did. i believe every person within the band may agree that although it was once basically 5 songs, the demo is a much better checklist than the 1st “official” KISS checklist. It used to be purifier, more durable, larger. It got here directly from the center… from the intestine. We have been all happy with it and felt love it could be the ideal calling card while it got here time to land a take care of an immense label. And that’s precisely what it used to be. up to all of us desired to be successful, we couldn’t make it on our personal. there has been no method for KISS to turn into the juggernaut it did with out a few severe muscle in the back of it. when we comprehensive recording the demo, not anything quite replaced.

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