Got the books, folks! And it’s up to the
high standards Quarto has done for me with
my recent AC/DC at 50 and Bowie @ 75 books.
As the publisher’s hype text expounds:
With this beautifully produced book, relive
the extraordinary history of the of the
hottest band in the land through 50
Formed in New York City in 1973, Kiss became
one of the most popular and best-selling
bands in rock history with their inventive
stage presence and heavy, hook-filled
catalog, both ideally suited for packing
hockey arenas and football stadiums. This
richly illustrated book from prolific rock
journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the
band on the occasion of their 50th
anniversary by curating and examining the 50
most significant milestones. This exquisite
- Sturdy hardcover format
Stunning concert and candid offstage
photography, much of it never before
Images of memorabilia, including gig
posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, ticket
stubs, and more
- Gatefold Kiss timeline
Popoff covers everything down through the
decades, including the band’s formation on
the New York club scene, their fortuitous
signing to the Casablanca label, infamous TV
appearances, including Kiss Meets the
Phantom of the Park, the formation of the
famous Kiss Army fan club, mega tours
undertaken in support of the LPs, band
conflicts and personnel changes, the band’s
1980s “unmasking,” innovative marketing such
as comic books and the Kiss Convention and,
of course, each of the landmark studio LPs.
The result is an epic tribute to one of the
most influential and admired bands in rock
Here’s the Table of Contents, which pretty
much spells out what I did with it:
Part 1: Kiss Major
“Rock and Roll All Nite”: Kiss form, in
New York City.
“Sweet Pain”: Kiss sign with Casablanca
“Kissin’ Time”: Kiss issue their
self-titled debut album.
“See You in Your Dreams”: Kiss appear on
ABC’s In Concert.
- Recording Kiss
“C’mon and Love Me”: Gene Simmons is
interviewed on The Mike Douglas Show.
“Two Timer”: Kiss issue Hotter Than Hell,
their second album.
“A Million to One”: Two fans unofficially
form the Kiss Army
“Great Expectations”: Kiss issue Dressed
to Kill, their third album.
“Hotter Than Hell”: Kiss issue Alive!, a
double live album.
“Baby Driver”: Kiss take over Cadillac,
“Strutter”: Alive! goes gold, representing
the band’s first RIAA certification.
“Heaven’s on Fire”: Kiss issue Destroyer.
“Creatures of the Night”: Kiss appear on
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.
“Rockin’ in the USA”: Kiss issue Rock and
“A World Without Heroes”: Kiss and Marvel
Comics collaborate on a comic book.
“Love’s a Deadly Weapon”: Kiss issue Love
- “Deuce”: Kiss issue Alive II.
Part 2: Kiss Minor
“Got to Chose”: Each member of Kiss issues
a solo album.
“Is That You?”: NBC airs a feature film
called Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.
- Ace for the Win
“I Was Made for Lovin’ You”: Kiss issue
“When Your Walls Come Down”: Kiss’
appearance on the Tomorrow show doesn’t go
“Two Sides of the Coin”: Kiss issue
“Fits Like a Glove”: Eric Carr plays his
first show with Kiss.
“Dark Light”: Kiss issue a concept album
called Music from The Elder.
“I Love It Loud”: Kiss issue Creatures of
Part 3: MTV, Hair Metal and Kiss
“Naked City”: Kiss issue Lick It Up,
featuring new guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
“Turn on the Night”: Kiss issue Animalize,
featuring new guitarist Mark St. John.
From Kiss to Disco: Larry Harris on
“Trial by Fire”: Kiss issue Asylum,
featuring new guitarist Bruce Kulick.
“While the City Sleeps”: Kiss issue Crazy
“Firehouse”: Kiss issue Hot in the Shade.
“Comin’ Home”: Long-time Kiss drummer Eric
Carr succumbs to cancer.
“Bang Bang You”: Kiss issue Revenge,
featuring new drummer Eric Singer.
“Shout It Out Loud”: Kiss issue Alive III.
Part 4: Reunion
“Get All You Can Take”: Kiss execute their
first Official Worldwide Kiss Convention.
“Any Way You Want It”: Kiss perform on MTV
“Unholy”: Kiss issue Carnival of Souls:
The Final Sessions.
“I Still Love You”: The classic-era Kiss
lineup issues a reunion album called
Bill Aucoin: A Kiss Goodbye from Head
“Outta This World”: Kiss perform at Super
“Cadillac Dreams”: New Line Cinema issue a
Kiss-themed feature film called Detroit
“You Wanted the Best”: Kiss issue The Box
“Raise Your Glasses”: Kiss issue Kiss
Symphony: Alive IV.
“Hooligan”: Peter Criss tours for the last
time as part of Kiss.
Part 5: Legacy
“King of the Night Time World”: Kiss are
honored at the first VH1 Rock Honors show,
held in Las Vegas.
“Black Diamond”: Gene Simmons Family
Jewels premiers on A&E.
“Rocket Ride”: Kiss issue Sonic Boom,
featuring new guitarist Tommy Thayer.
“Getaway”: Kiss launch their first Kiss
Paul Stanley: Reflections on the Kiss Kast
“Almost Human”: Kiss issue Monster, their
last album to date.
“All the Way”: Kiss are inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“When Lightning Strikes”: Kiss set the
record for most gold records by any
“100,000 Years”: Kiss embark on their
final tour, entitled the End of the Road
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