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Peter Criss From Makeup to Break Up Book Review

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The Crying Catman?


I’ve gotten into reading the autobiographies of some of my favorite musicians.  So far I’ve read the books by Ronnie Wood, Lemmy, Paul Di’Anno, Waylon Jennings, Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley and have just finished Peter Criss’ “From Makeup to Break Up”.  Much like Ace’s book, it was cool to read about the early KISS days and how they forged on through tough times until their imagery and music caught on to make them millions of dollars.  And typically in these sorts of stories, most of the money gets blown away up the nose, through the arm (not so much in Criss’ case), on women and extravagant living.  Criss talks about being the tough half-Italian kid who got in a lot of fights and hung out with mobsters yet cries like a baby almost every night.  I swear he talks about crying on almost every other page of the book.

Peter takes every opportunity to bash and insult Gene, who probably deserves it.  He also speaks a lot about Paul Stanley’s sexuality.  He calls Paul gay in just about every way possible without saying the actual word.

It was primarily an enjoyable read but throughout the book it was “Gene did this to hurt me” and “Paul did this to hurt me” and “Ace did that to hurt me” and “Fuck Gene”.  His claim of being taken advantage of through his stints in KISS, in my opinion, is more his fault than anyone else’s although he lays most of the blame on Gene, then Paul, then his ex-wife Deb and finally Ace.  This victim mentality drives me nuts and Peter rides that through the book.  He took poor decisions and he paid the price for them.  He could have also walked away early on, but chose not to.

If I was to recommend this book compared to Ace’s, I’d say go with Ace’s, even though his is probably a little more embellished than Peter’s.  Gene has a few books out now but I’m not really interested in them.  Paul supposed has one in the works, and I’m definitely picking that one up.

Written by The Metal Files

January 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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  1. I hear ya – totally addicted to rock bios, even if a lot of them are terrible. Funny you mention the Ronnie Wood book, because I had a similar feeling with that one that you seem to have with Peter’s: the guy complains about never having money, but the entire book is a document of all the stupid decisions he made with his cash!

    I’m probably going to read it anyway. A suggestion: check out Duff McKagen’s book. Better written that just about all of them!

    tv (@tonbabydc)

    January 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    • I’ve heard good things about Duff’s book, but my aversion to all things GnR have kept me away. I’ll look for a cheap copy and check it out.

      Thanks for posting.

      The Metal Files

      January 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

  2. Nice review. Paul Stanley gay? Who knows. Who cares?! Nothing would surprise me. Except finding out Gene is gay.

    Every Record Tells A Story

    January 15, 2013 at 1:15 am

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