Johan Falk and Roney Lundell – Kiss i Sverige

The bible about Kiss in Sweden

This is a book I have been looking forward to reading for years. It almost feels like ten years since I first heard from Johan Falk that he was working on a book about all Kiss visits to Sweden. A really interesting topic for a norwegian Kiss fan like me, because Kiss became huge in Norway because of their success in Sweden. It was Swedish magazines we all read and Swedish Kiss posters we plastered the walls with in the end of the 70′s and the 80′s. Swedish magazines like POSTER Magazine, OKEJ and Rocket were the ones that had all the original content about the band. The few articles in Norwegian magazines were more or less just cut and paste jobs from foreign magazines.

The story about Kiss relationship with Sweden (and of course Norway) is really a special one in Kisstory. There are nowhere around the world you will find as many Kiss fans per capita in the world. And even if Kiss have been huge in both the US, Japan and Australia under certain periods, It does not seem like the same “love story” Kiss have had with Scandinavian countries for decades. Continue reading

Nothin’ To Lose – The Making of KISS – 1972 – 1975

I have been in vintage Kiss heaven

The titel above probably says the most. There is no reason to not start this review with stating that I just love this book. And I haven’t even been able to get my hands on a “real copy” yet. I had to read the Kindle version on my iPhone while I was on vacation in Spain. And I really hate reading books on anything else but paper. But when It comes to this book It’s pure magic anyway!

Ken Sharp has really done It this time. He has always been a great writer when It comes to Kiss related stuff. And “Behind The Mask” was a really good book. His articles in Goldmine magazine has also been among the best Kiss articles / interviews ever written. So I expected that I would enjoy the book. But not even close to how much I did.

I feel like I have more or less in the same room as Kiss during the first years of their career. All the details and great interviews Ken has made almost made me feel the smell of The Popcorn Club / Coventry, Daisy and The Hotel Diplomat. There has been som critique that the book goes into to much detail. Bollocks I say. It’s just so damn good that I want more, just because the book takes me to a ‘magic place’ that we just have had glimps of before. Continue reading

Carl Linnaeus – “Kiss – Den osminkade sanningen”.

Really, really close, but no cigar

Kiss - Den Osminkade SanningenOne of the most awaited Kiss books in a long time. Carl have written a lot of great articles for Sweden Rock Magazine, and among them some great Kiss articles. So I was really looking forward to the book, and guessed this could be the ultimate Kiss biography.

First of all, the book is really well written. And It looks great. The cover is probably one of the coolest covers on a Kiss book yet. I also like the pictures he has chosen for the book. It’s nice to at last have the Dennis Woloch pictures in a book. The Ken Kelly sketch is also a nice touch.

And now for the though part, the content. First of all i should say It’s a really good book, and as I said really well written. And If you haven’t read a Kiss biography before this is probably the book for you (if you can read Swedish). And Carl has also interviewed some of the coolest subjects in Kisstory for the book. But that is really where the problem starts for me. Continue reading

KISS FAQ

Kiss Faq but not from the Kiss Faq…

Kiss Faq is a new book from the author of the Black Diamond books Dale Sherman. The first one was a good book back in the days when there was not many Kiss books around. And I also enjoyed the updated version that came out a couple of years ago. Not the most objective Kiss book in the world but still quite good. The second Black Diamond book is maybe not that great. But still a Kiss book that a Kiss book nerd like me have to have.

So I was really curious what Dale would come up with the this time. It’s supposedly part of a series. That’s why It’s have a little confusing name. An name I find a little uncool because everything in the “Kiss world” related to the name “Kiss Faq” is related to Julian Gills www.kissfaq.com. And naming the book Kiss Faq after Julian have released a lot of great books are just wrong in my opinion. Continue reading

Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss

The catmans version of the truth

After quite disappointing books from both Gene and Ace I really felt that Peter probably would be the one that would deliver a book that I would enjoy reading. Even if I have always seen Peter as “the Brooklyn Moaner” It at least should be good entertainment. I brought the signed book with me on the Kiss Kruise, but were not able to read It before I came home.

I really don’t know why. But I really don’t care much for the childhood tales from any of the Kiss members. Peter’s book is no exception. It’s fine to read but not that entertaining. But from when he joins Kiss in the book the really grows. And yes he does do a lot of moaning. But at least he seems sincere and It’s nice to get his version of the story from his point of view. It makes the book a really enjoyable read. Even if It doesn’t really change my view of Peter Criss as a Kiss member much. Peter is really a moaner. And in one way the book is a deep dive into his personality. A guy who is really insecure and feels the world is really against him. But for the most the bad things that happen to him is his own fault even if the feels he has to put the blame on other people. Continue reading

Kiss Army Spain – Cronicas De Una Decada 1973 – 1983

Kiss Army Spain membership package

Just got back from 12 days in sunny Spain last week. So what is more appropriate than reviewing the new Kiss Army Spain membership package that came in the post at more or less the same time I came home. The package includes both a 113 page book in colour and a DVD from when Kiss played in Madrid 14 October 1983.

I don’t speak Spanish. So my review of the book is more or less just based on the visuals, just as I do with Japanese books. And what a great book It is to look at. The book is crammed with great pictures. Most of them really great photos that have surfaced on the web over the last 4-5 years. And It is really great to have them collected in a great book like this. It really saved me money because I was planning of making a iPhoto book of most of these pictures myself anyway.

The layout of the book reminds me very much of Kiss Army Swedens Destroyer Magazine. Nothing wrong with that. If you have made a book that has a layout that is close to what is probably best Kiss Magazine ever made (both official and not) for a whole book you have done something right. So I must just say that I’m really impressed with the quality of the book, and I got a much better product than I expected. If there is one thing I could put my finger on It’s probably the cover itself. It’s OK, but quite boring compared to the rest of the book. It really doesn’t do such a great book justice. Continue reading