KISS by David Leaf
Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography

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After three decades of wild dedication, this official authorized biography provides Kiss fans their first real look inside one of rock and roll's most extraordinary bands.
 

About David Leaf

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Ken Sharp has been writing articles about KISS for nearly three decades in such publications as Goldmine. He has also worked as a writer/researcher for music programs on the cable network VH1.David Leaf is a rock journalist who has written biographies of the BeeGees and the Beach Boys, among others. A Los Angeles based singer/songwriter with three CDs to his A Los Angeles based singer/songwriter with three CDs to his A Los Angeles based singer/songwriter with three CDs to his credit ("1301 Highland Avenue, Happy Accidents" and "Sonic Ccredit ("1301 Highland Avenue, Happy Accidents" and "Sonic Ccredit ("1301 Highland Avenue, Happy Accidents" and "Sonic Crayons"), Ken Sharp has authored or co-authored over ten musrayons"), Ken Sharp has authored or co-authored over ten musrayons"), Ken Sharp has authored or co-authored over ten music books including "Elvis: Vegas '69, Writing For The King",ic books including "Elvis: Vegas '69, Writing For The King",ic books including "Elvis: Vegas '69, Writing For The King", "Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries", "Reput "Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries", "Reput "Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries", "Reputation Is A Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick", " Smallation Is A Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick", " Smallation Is A Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick", " Small Faces: Quite Naturally", "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man"", ""Po Faces: Quite Naturally", "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man"", ""Po Faces: Quite Naturally", "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man"", ""Power Pop!", "KISS: Behind The Mask" and others. He also contrwer Pop!", "KISS: Behind The Mask" and others. He also contrwer Pop!", "KISS: Behind The Mask" and others. He also contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on muibutes to a variety of national music magazines, works on muibutes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done CD liner notes for releases bsic documentaries and has done CD liner notes for releases bsic documentaries and has done CD liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Santay Elvis Presley, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Santay Elvis Presley, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Santana and others. na and others. na and others.
 
Published December 5, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Credit for honesty goes to TV writer/producer Leaf, who opens by urging, “If you are not a Kiss fan, put this book down.” That sums up the flavor and purpose of this collaboration.

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With its combination of cartoonish monster-movie makeup and oversized costumes, ear-splitting amplification and gleeful songs in praise of sex, heavy metal rock legend Kiss has never been accused of not being excessive, and this book is a great example of why it is still a multimillion-dollar pro...

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Entertainment Weekly

For those who yearn to rock & roll all night and wallow in Gene Simmons trivia every day comes this Frankenstein monster of a book: a serviceable, previously unpublished 1979 bio wedded to a new oral history of the band.

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Project MUSE

Stephen Connock's excellent accompanying notes quote tellingly from the composer's early correspondence with his librettist Evelyn Sharp, a journalist and writer of children's books (and sister of Cecil Sharp, Vaughan Williams's longtime friend and fellow folk-song collector).

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