Gene Simmons: A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Gene & Flora in Ross Bergs eyes

One of the real characters in the “Kiss web world” is Ross Berg. He has always been very vocal online about his interest and admiration for Gene and Floras (Genes mother) life, and how the Holocaust and their life in Israel after the second world war has formed them as humans, when It comes to Flora to a degree I really didn’t totally understand myself. When Ross told us all that he would be publishing a book on his own I was really interested in how the result would come out. And maybe It would help me understanding his fascination for Flora. So how did It all turn out?

Ross Berg’s “A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust” is probably the strangest Kiss related book I have ever read. And I have read It three times now, and still are not sure what I think of the book. First of all. I like what Ross has tried to do with this book. The narrative way he writes the book could bring characters more to life. But It takes a really strong author to do something like that. I just don’t know how well I feel he has succeeded. Some parts of the book works really well but other parts doesn’t. More than one time the characters thoughts become to much fiction and a little to dramatic for my taste.

Another problem I have with the book is that I’m not really sure If Ross was the right person to write a book like this with his background. It is written with a very “Jewish American” point of view. And for me who has a very different point of view when It comes both religion and the state of Israel some of his conclusions in the book are a little hard difficult to agree with when Ross seems to write from a slightly religious perspective. I’m sure that Ross and Gene may have some of the same views, but It becomes a little to subjective for my taste. And Gene seems very little like a religious person.  So the characters probably become a little more what Ross want them to be than who they really are. Even if his facts are good and interesting to read. Continue reading

Bob Gruen – Rock Seen

Incredible Photography

This is really not a review but a little note about a photo book all classic rock fans should have. The book is really not a Kiss book, even if It’s a Kiss related. But I just have to mention the book since It is absolutely awesome.

Bob Gruen is the photographer that have more or less photographed most rock stars that deserves a picture. He was part of the rock scene in New York in the 70′s and have documented the scene thoroughly. For us Kiss fans he is mostly known as the photographer that shoot the famous Dressed To Kiss picture. But he was also present from the beginning of 1974 through the 70′s.

For us Kiss fans the book contains the Dressed To Kill picture, DTK outtake, pictures from the Creem cartoon written by Sean Delaney, picture from Nagoya 1977 and live shots from the Love Gun tour. There are also some cool Kiss pictures in photo montages throughout the book.

The book is also filled with incredible pictures from the famous John Lennon “New York City” photo, to pictures of The New York Dolls, The Ramones, The Clash and on and on. Buy It!

Verdict: 10/10

Kiss ramblings – December 2011

Jingle bells all the way…

At last I have been able to sit down with a little update. There isn’t much Kiss related this time around since Ace cancelled his UK dates in the beginning of December. So beside a little eBay shopping there hasn’t been Kiss stuff happening. I bought myself a Kiss garbage can from the 70′s. A real cool Kiss item I have wanted for a long time. The one I got was quite rusty. But at least I have It now. Hopefully I will find a better one in the future. And the kids love It.  The lunch box, garbage can and Mego dolls are probably my favourite items from 70′s. So now after may years I have them all. I also got a real nice thermos to go with the lunch box.

Now It’s almost Christmas and I have not much Christmas feeling at all. I’m just feeling tired after a really busy month. I started my new job as a Senior Web Designer in a new company at the beginning of the month. And that has been a really cool experience. Lot’s of cool people and It feels like there is a really good wibe in the whole company. But that’s about the only good thing that has happened to me all month. Continue reading

Ace Frehley – No Regrets

Lost in the Ozone?

Ace Frehley No RegretsThat Ace Frehley were about to release an autobiography raised many eyebrows when the news first came out. What would the man really remember from the decades of substance abuse before his sobriety was one of questions that were asked when the news was leaked. Would we get the story from the «other part» of the band at last?

Gene and Paul have more or less told their story in Gene’s book, interviews and in the audio commentary for Kissology. And many fans have more or less been pissed on them because they believe especially Gene uses every possible moment to make negative comments about Ace and Peter. Would ‘No Regrets’ be Ace’s chance to prove them wrong. Had all his decisions about Kiss over the years been taken for good reasons that Gene and Paul just didn’t understand?

So as you understand I was really excited about this book. Especially when I heard that Ace were getting help because he didn’t feel that he would remember most of the details good enough because his substance abuse during the years. And I didn’t get less excited when the first parts of the book about his childhood and youth were published online before the book came out. Continue reading

Sean Delaney – Highway

The fifth solo album

Today I’m going to write a little about the record that is probably my favorite Kiss related album. An album that is right up there with all the Kiss solo albums from 1978. And The album is Sean Delaney’s Highway. An “forgotten” album that not many Kiss fans know about but really should try to get hold of.

Sean Delaney who is often called “the fifth Kiss member” recorded his one and only solo album almost simultaneously with the Kiss solo albums. The record has a lot of similarities to both Peter and Gene’s albums. Not very strange since Sean produced both Gene’s album and did a lot of the production work on Peter’s album before Vini Poncia came into the picture. Sean also supposedly wrote most of the songs on Peter’s album that weren’t leftovers from the old Chelsea songs Peter recycled on his solo album. Sean even went as far as to say that there were more of his voice on “I Can’t Stop The Rain” than Peter. An leftover that were demoed for Peter’s album called “Spotlights” is also rerecorded on Highway. This time only credited to Sean.

The musicians on the album are also a lot of the same people who played on Peter’s solo album. Many of the same guys who Sean used to have as musicans when he used to make radio jingles. Like Paul Shaffer and Alan Schwartzberg. There is a whole chapter about that in the book about Sean “Hellbox” if anybody want’s to dive deeper into the story about Sean. Continue reading

Kiss ramblings – November 2011

Time flies and suddenly It’s November.

You TubeI have just finished Ace Frehley’s book ‘No Regrets’ and will publish a review of the book when I have been able to read the book a second time. I haven’t received the two books I have ordered yet. One from Amazon and a signed copy from premierecollectibles.com. So I have read the Kindle version bought from Amazon on my iPad. This is the first time I have read a whole book in digital form. And I must admit that I think It’s a pretty crappy way to read. Give me a real book any day. So I wont write a review before I have read the book as Physical Media. That would be unfair to both you readers and Ace.

I have also received a lot of video from the Kiss Kruise from my friends who went. And together with all the video that’s ‘floating around’ It must be one of the best documented events in ‘Kisstory’. You should just know how depressed that I wasn’t able to go. If It had been a money issue that would be one thing… But enough about that. If there is a next time you can be sure I will be there. Continue reading