"An entertaining yet piercingly honest journey from self-conscious child to the world's most visually famous rock band, to, finally--with the makeup wiped away--a place of peace as a father and a man. Paul Stanley's story is both ordinary and extraordinary, which makes it inspiring."--Mitch Albom, author of The First Phone Call From Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie
"Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock's great frontmen."--Sir Elton John
"Elegantly and thoughtfully, Stanley takes us behind the mask of Starchild, his KISS persona, and shares intimately his own insecurities about his physical appearance and his emotional life."--Publishers Weekly
"For years the members hid their true identities behind cartoon personas and hard rock anthems... After years of carefully maintaining his Starchild superhero identity, Stanley lets down his guard and unleashes a torrent of pent-up feelings that erupt and flow over 400 pages like molten lava."--Guitar World Magazine
"KISS' flamboyant "Starchild" unplugs his high-wattage amps and introduces fans to an even more intriguing character: Stanley Harvey Eisen... [Face the Music is] an indispensable part of KISStory."--Kirkus Reviews
"Most people will probably not associate sensitivity with the flamboyant heavy-metal rock band KISS, and yet in his memoir, front man, rhythm guitarist, and cofounder Paul Stanley succeeds in making a connection with the reader, KISS fan or not."--Booklist
"Paul is a great man who has achieved great things. From the Popcorn Club all the way to the Hall of Fame, his story is inspiring and motivating for anyone who dreams big."--Dave Grohl
"Paul Stanley proves himself as an artist in music and on canvas and now with a great book."--Jimmy Page
From the Back Cover
People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I'm sharing it.
Well known for his onstage persona, the Starchild, Paul Stanley has written a memoir with a gripping blend of personal revelations and gritty war stories about the highs and lows both inside and outside of KISS. Born with a condition called microtia (an ear deformity rendering him deaf on the right side), Stanley's traumatic childhood experiences produced an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of places: music. Taking readers through the series of events that led to the founding of KISS, the personal relationships that helped shape his life, and the turbulent dynamics among his bandmates over the past forty years, this book leaves no one unscathed--including Stanley himself.
With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, Face the Music is a colorful portrait of a man and the band he helped create, define, and sustain--made larger than life in artfully told stories that are shocking, funny, inspirational, and honest.