Nothin' to Lose

Nothin' to Lose : The Making of Kiss (1972-1975)

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Nothin' to Lose: the Making of Kiss (1972-1975) chronicles for the first time the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band Kiss, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! and the smash single Rock and Roll All Nite, a song that nearly four decades later remains one of the band's most enduring anthems. Drawing on more than 200 interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of superstardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter, as well as producers, engineers, management, record company personnel, roadies, club owners, booking agents, concert promoters, costume, stage and art designers, rock photographers, publicists, and key music journalists.
Many of Kiss' musical contemporaries from the time, most of whom shared concert bills with the band on their early tours, also lend their perspective via new interviews; these include Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Slade, Blue Oyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Raspberries, James Gang, New York Dolls, Iggy and the Stooges, The Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Savoy Brown, Argent, Nazareth, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash among others. The end result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and the music scene they changed forever.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 839.14g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 150 Black and White Photos Throughout and 2 16-Page Color Inserts
  • 0062131729
  • 9780062131720
  • 149,032

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""Nothin' to Lose" brought back great memories of our days touring with KISS in the '70s. The book is an incredible ride through KISS's early days and a must read for any KISS fan!"--Don Powell, Slade "Like taking a time machine back to the '70s, "Nothin' to Lose" is a wild and no holds barred look at the rise of KISS."--Eric Carmen, Raspberries "In "Nothin' to Lose" you witness first-hand the extraordinary transformation of four struggling musicians from New York City overcoming almost insurmountable odds to become worldwide superstars. This is the definitive account of KISS's early years."--Kevin Cann, author of "David Bowie: Any Day Now" ""Nothin' to Lose" is an electrifying look at a band that changed the course of rock and roll history by sticking to their guns and blazing their own trail of heavy metal thunder. I couldn't put it down. Two thumbs up!"--Joe Perry, Aerosmith "Even casual fans will be enthralled."--Robert Rodriguez, author of "Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll" "The ultimate KISS book. . . "Nothin' to Lose" gives the insider's perspective any KISS fan must have--Charles R. Cross, author of "Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain" "A fascinating chronicle of the construction of a multimedia phenomenon."--Publishers Weekly A rollicking oral history.--Kirkus "Nothin to Lose" brought back great memories of our days touring with KISS in the 70s. The book is an incredible ride through KISS s early days and a must read for any KISS fan! --Don Powell, Slade" Like taking a time machine back to the 70s, "Nothin to Lose" is a wild and no holds barred look at the rise of KISS. --Eric Carmen, Raspberries" In "Nothin to Lose" you witness first-hand the extraordinary transformation of four struggling musicians from New York City overcoming almost insurmountable odds to become worldwide superstars. This is the definitive account of KISS s early years. --Kevin Cann, author of "David Bowie: Any Day Now"" The KISS boys will go down in history for their indefatigable work ethic, spirit, and insatiable appetite for all things honest-to-God outrageous rock n roll. KISS is the real deal and this book is the real story of the American rock n roll dream. --Ted Nugent" "Nothin to Lose" is an electrifying look at a band that changed the course of rock and roll history by sticking to their guns and blazing their own trail of heavy metal thunder. I couldn t put it down. Two thumbs up! --Joe Perry, Aerosmith" Rises above the standard cookie-cutter anecdotes... [for] a unique look at the origins of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Anyone who wants to know what it was like to make it in rock n roll in the seventies will need to pick this up. --Dale Sherman, author of "Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS"" Told with complete accuracy and attention to detail... Mandatory reading for every new artist. This is a masterpiece! --Kenny Kerner, Co-producer of "KISS" and "Hotter Than Hell"" A joyous and mesmerizing exploration of the early history of the Hottest Band in the World ... This book is addictive. You won t be able to put it down! --Julian Gill, author of the Kiss Album Focus series" From KISS s earliest days playing crummy bars in front of 50 people to headlining arenas, "Nothin to Lose" is a gripping look at the underbelly of rock n roll. And as one of the members of KISS s original road crew, I should know, I was there. --Peter "Moose" Oreckinto, KISS roadie (1973-1976)" The ultimate KISS book. . . "Nothin to Lose" gives the insider s perspective any KISS fan must have--Charles R. Cross, author of "Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain"" Even casual fans will be enthralled. --Robert Rodriguez, author of "Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll"" Revel in the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd as they share it all, blow-by-blow, first hand. --Paul Myers, author of "A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio"" A fascinating read about one of rock s most outrageous bands. --Simon Kirke, Bad Company/Free" I found the story of KISS s fanatical determination, shockingly rare matter-of-fact common sense, raw luck, exquisite timing-not to mention the sheer brinksmanship of the whole lunatic enterprise-exhilarating and inspiring. --Binky Philips, "My Life in the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was"" A vivid oral history of the early days of one of rock s most outrageous and enduring bands, Nothin to Lose makes every reader an eyewitness to the dawn of Kiss. Here s a book that screams out: C mon and read me. --David Browne, author of "Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth"" An incredibly vivid and gripping oral history that illustrates how Kiss went through a slow and steady transformation from a loft party band to the hottest concert attraction capable of blowing anybody and everybody off the stage. --Daniel Siwek, House of Blues" If you thought you knew everything there was to know about KISS . . . well, you d be wrong. . . Buy this book or just KISS off! --Alice Cooper" A fascinating chronicle of the construction of a multimedia phenomenon. --Publishers Weekly" Does the world really need another KISS book? Perhaps not, but the world really needs Sharp's . . . KISS book. . . Full of extraordinary primary-source material that will keep KISS fans up at night, Sharp's excellent work should serve as a blueprint for future rock oral histories."--Library Journal (starred review) "If you thought you knew everything there was to know about KISS . . . well, you'd be wrong. . . Buy this book or just KISS off!"--Alice Cooper "An incredibly vivid and gripping oral history that illustrates how Kiss went through a slow and steady transformation from a loft party band to the hottest concert attraction capable of blowing anybody and everybody off the stage."--Daniel Siwek, House of Blues "A vivid oral history of the early days of one of rock's most outrageous and enduring bands, Nothin' to Lose makes every reader an eyewitness to the dawn of Kiss. Here's a book that screams out: C'mon and read me."--David Browne, author of Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth "I found the story of KISS's fanatical determination, shockingly rare matter-of-fact common sense, raw luck, exquisite timing-not to mention the sheer brinksmanship of the whole lunatic enterprise-exhilarating and inspiring."--Binky Philips, My Life in the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was "A fascinating read about one of rock's most outrageous bands."--Simon Kirke, Bad Company/Free "Revel in the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd as they share it all, blow-by-blow, first hand."--Paul Myers, author of A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio "Even casual fans will be enthralled."--Robert Rodriguez, author of Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll "The ultimate KISS book. . . Nothin' to Lose gives the insider's perspective any KISS fan must have--Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain "From KISS's earliest days playing crummy bars in front of 50 people to headlining arenas, Nothin' to Lose is a gripping look at the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. And as one of the members of KISS's original road crew, I should know, I was there."--Peter "Moose" Oreckinto, KISS roadie (1973-1976) "A joyous and mesmerizing exploration of the early history of the 'Hottest Band in the World'... This book is addictive. You won't be able to put it down!"--Julian Gill, author of the Kiss Album Focus series "Told with complete accuracy and attention to detail... Mandatory reading for every new artist. This is a masterpiece!"--Kenny Kerner, Co-producer of KISS and Hotter Than Hell "Rises above the standard cookie-cutter anecdotes... [for] a unique look at the origins of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Anyone who wants to know what it was like to make it in rock 'n' roll in the seventies will need to pick this up."--Dale Sherman, author of Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS "Nothin' to Lose is an electrifying look at a band that changed the course of rock and roll history by sticking to their guns and blazing their own trail of heavy metal thunder. I couldn't put it down. Two thumbs up!"--Joe Perry, Aerosmith "The KISS boys will go down in history for their indefatigable work ethic, spirit, and insatiable appetite for all things honest-to-God outrageous rock 'n' roll. KISS is the real deal and this book is the real story of the American rock 'n' roll dream."--Ted Nugent "In Nothin' to Lose you witness first-hand the extraordinary transformation of four struggling musicians from New York City overcoming almost insurmountable odds to become worldwide superstars. This is the definitive account of KISS's early years."--Kevin Cann, author of David Bowie: Any Day Now "Like taking a time machine back to the '70s, Nothin' to Lose is a wild and no holds barred look at the rise of KISS."--Eric Carmen, Raspberries "Nothin' to Lose brought back great memories of our days touring with KISS in the '70s. The book is an incredible ride through KISS's early days and a must read for any KISS fan!"--Don Powell, Slade
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About Ken Sharp

Ken Sharp is the author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy (Gallery/VH1 Books, 2010), KISS: Behind the Mask (Warner Books, 2003), and numerous other books. He lives in Los Angeles. Known as rock's iconic ultimate showmen and larger than life co-founders of hard rock supergroup KISS, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons founded the band in the early '70s. Since then, KISS has gone on to sell over 80 million albums and to perform over 2,000 shows around the world. The band is still touring and performing today.
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" Nothin' to Lose brought back great memories of our days touring with KISS in the '70s. The book is an incredible ride through KISS's early days and a must read for any KISS fan!" Don Powell, Slade
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