No Regrets by Ace Frehley


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'No Regrets' is a supremely entertaining book. It is required reading not only for the Kiss Army, but for all fans of rock music of the past four decades...


THE MUSIC, THE MAKEUP, THE MADNESS, AND MORE. . . . In December of 1972, a pair of musicians placed an advertisement in the Village Voice: “GUITARIST WANTED WITH FLASH AND ABILITY.” Ace Frehley figured he had both, so he answered the ad. The rest is rock ’n’ roll history.

He was just a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. But when he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley transformed into “The Spaceman”—and helped turn KISS into one of the top-selling bands in the world. Now, for the first time, the beloved rock icon reveals his side of the story with no-holds-barred honesty . . . and no regrets.

For KISS fans, Ace offers a rare behind-the-makeup look at the band’s legendary origins, including the lightning-bolt logo he designed and the outfits his mother sewed. He talks about the unspoken division within the band—he and Peter Criss versus Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—because the other two didn’t “party every day.” Ace also reveals the inside story behind his turbulent breakup with KISS, their triumphant reunion a decade later, and his smash solo career. Along the way, he shares wild stories about dancing at Studio 54 with “The Bionic Woman,” working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and bar-flying all night with John Belushi. In the end, he comes to terms with his highly publicized descent into alcohol, drugs, and self-destruction—ultimately managing to conquer his demons and come out on top.

This is Ace Frehley.

No makeup.

No apologies.

No regrets.

About Ace Frehley

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Ace Frehley is a founding member and former lead guitarist for the legendary rock band KISS, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is ranked among the top-selling rock bands of all time. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Joe Layden has written more than thirty books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed title, The Last Great Fight and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Rock Says. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife, Susan, and their two children. John Ostrosky TK.
Published November 1, 2011 by Gallery Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Nov 20 2011
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on Sep 05 2012

If you like rock stars, and who doesn't, this is a great read for you.

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on Aug 16 2012

'No Regrets' is a supremely entertaining book. It is required reading not only for the Kiss Army, but for all fans of rock music of the past four decades...

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Reviewed by Nathan Rabin on Jan 31 2013

Frehley was kicked out of Kiss for being too crazy...Yet near the end of a wildly eventful life, he has somehow written an account of his strange journey that’s nowhere near crazy enough.

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Austin Chronicle

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Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez on Jun 15 2012

Too soon, it's the nondrinking/drugging frontmen against street-smart ex-gangbangers Frehley and Criss.

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on Mar 21 2012

...from the highlights of his career, to the crazy partying, and even the low moments he rebounded back from – it all makes for a page-turner.

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Hippocampus Magazine

on Jul 01 2012

Frehley’s memoir is worth the read and you won’t regret giving it a chance.

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