This book surprised me. I was a KISS fan as a teen and have recently started watching his reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels. On a whim I picked this up and have to say that it was a quick and enjoyable read. Fine literature, no but it was fun.
Told in a very stream of consciousness manner the book takes you from Gene’s childhood as Chaim Whitz from Haifa, Israel to the mega success of one of the most innovative rock bands ever. He spills the dirt on every aspect of his life whether it be his early days in Brooklyn attending a Hebrew Day school or the details of his many, many “conquests” on the road as a member of KISS. You are privy to a behind the scenes look at the workings both musical and business of a band. Not being of a music background it was interesting to see the development of the band and the problems that they faced along the way.
Gene doesn’t hold back at all, he lets it all hang out. Fights with band members, hard decisions the band had to make and then later, his complete turnaround on the subject of commitment and fatherhood.
Again, not great literature but a fun look into a man who doesn’t take himself or the world around him too seriously.