By: St. Michael, Mick
Published: August 1996, 32 pages
Revenge Is Sweet: An Illustrated Discography
By: Stevens, Joe
Published: March 1997, 88 pages
Virgin Modern Icons: KISS
Published: September 1997
Kiss: the Hottest Band in the Land
By: Michael Heatley
Published: November 1996
I have decided to take these 4 as one. There were a couple of these books released around the reunion tour. All of them are crap in my mind. A cheap shot at earning some money while Kiss where at their height popularity wise.
Mostly uninteresting text and pictures. There are even pictures of tribute bands in some of them. So if you see them don’t buy them. Even if it’s just to make money people could at least made some effort to release something worthwhile.
The only positive thing about these books are that some of them contains some cool photos. But crap is crap in my book.
By: Chip Rock Dayton
Published October, 1999, 160 pages.
A cool photo book. It is not in the same class as Barry Levine’s “The Kiss Years”. But all the classic shots are great. The photos are quite untraditional when it comes to live shots of Kiss, but that makes the book just even more interesting. The text also make Chip sound more like a fan than a professional artist.
The only thing really I don’t like are his shots from the reunion tour looks really bad . He should have featured a lot more vintage photos instead as they are fantastic. And there is also the issue of size. It should have been much larger.
The KISS Years
By: Levine, Barry
Published April 1997, 144 pages
Barry is in my mind “the KISS photographer”. The book and CD is really cool. All the pictures are what I remember as classic shots. But what really bothers me about the book is that it is really to short. Barry would have no trouble filling a book the size of Kisstory with great shots. When you have looked through the book it just feels like a little taste and you really want a lot more, a lot more.
Please give us a coffee table book!
The books also features an interview disc with Barry Levine, where he tells about his work with Kiss over the years. Cool idea. But the problem is that it is mostly the same stuff that is featured inside the book.
By: Sherman, Dale
Published April 1997, 248 pages
I really should have given Dale a ten points just for the effort. It really feels like a labor of love when one reads it. The problem is that if you have read a lot about Kiss there is really not that much you didn’t know. But then again it’s fun to read. Even if I really do disagree with a lot of his personal meanings and I do belive he could have been a little more objective. So I would say it’s worth buying specially if you don’t know that much about Kiss. His foreword in the books is also great. And it tells much about how difficult research and getting help can be.
The book also features a great interview disc with Eric Carr. And the books get an extra point just for that.
KISS & Tell
By: Gebert, Gordon G. G. & McAdams, Bobby
Published May 1997, 215 pages
Poor little Gordon that got screwed by Ace. I’m almost ashamed that I find this book amusing. And I find It very a lot of fun. But first of all It’s the Bobby McAdams stories that really make this book worth buying. All his stories from the 60′s and 70′s are really cool stuff to read. Specially from a historical point of view. He really should have written his own book as a insider from the 70′s.
The Gordon Gerbert stories reminds me of dumb and dumber. Of course Ace behaves like the creep he is. But at the end of it all I really wonder how much Gordon gained by telling everybody how dumb he was hanging around with “the addict”. But I have no problem believing Ace was an asshole. Most addicts are.
But the book is pretty cool. A lot of funny stories. But the book is quite poorly written.
Published March 1995, 440 pages
This was supposed to be the “Kiss bible” but It is not (Kiss Alive Forever is). When it comes to the pictures it gets full points. The story in the book isn’t that good or well written. It was of course better in 1995 when it was released. But today It seems quite superfical compared to other Kiss books. And It almost feels like Kiss want to forget the 80′s when you read the book.
Even if I probably seem a little negative about the book it’s a book a Kiss fan must have. It just could have been soooo much better.
But the book is worth getting hold of just for all the amazing pictures and old articles. And believe me the pictures in the book are amazing.