KISS' Paul Stanley Says His Book Tells a Universal Story
-- KISS frontman Paul Stanley's autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, landed at #2 on The New York Times' Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Sellers list. The book distinguished itself among the tell-alls penned by KISS' founding members -- of which Stanley's was the last -- in that it detailed the singer's struggle overcoming a physical deformity, a less-than-supportive family during childhood and a struggle to be happy, even during the band's period of explosive popularity.
The memoir was published just before KISS' recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which included a lot of highly publicized sniping between band members and the Hall, and also between the band members themselves. There were a number of less-than-savory remarks about band mates Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made by Stanley in Face the Music, but he tells ABC News Radio that the conflict in the book -- which has been highlighted in the press -- is greatly exaggerated. "When you have a 450-page book and you take four quotes out of it, you can turn an autobiography into a travelogue, or into a cookbook. Things [were] blown up bigger than they actually are."
Stanley also says that now that the dust-ups have settled, what makes his book substantial for readers -- whether or not they're KISS fans -- is that his story is a universal one. "How great is it to be able to say, 'I'm not that different than you, I've had my struggles and my issues and it doesn't define me'?" he tells ABC News Radio. "How you deal with your obstacles is how you define yourself, not the obstacles themselves. It's what you do when you're faced with adversity [that matters]."
Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed is available in print, audio and digital formats now.
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