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PAUL STANLEY’s Second Book Could Be ‘More Diverse In Its Scope’ Than ‘Face The Music’

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Saturday, 05 August 2017
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KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley says that the upoming follow-up to his autobiography, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”, could turn out to be “a little bit more diverse in its scope.”

Released in April 2014, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times‘ Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, “Face The Music” debuted on the Times’ Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively.

In the “Face The Music”, Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

During a recent interview with the Loudwire Podcast, Stanley spoke about what fans can expect from his second book. He said: “For those that don’t know it, I haven’t died. And [in the first book] I wrote up until the point that I did. And also, there’s loads that wasn’t in there. You know, life goes on. There’s only so many facets of yourself that you can show in those given pages. And it went over so much greater than even I expected — it’s been translated into, I think, six languages — and people really felt that it hit a note or a chord — no pun intended — with them.”

He continued: “It wasn’t the fourth KISS book — it was the first Paul book — so there’s lots more, lots more, and maybe a little bit more diverse in its scope.”

Asked if there was anything that he really wanted to touch upon in the first book that he didn’t get a chance to, Stanley said: “Not at all. I’m really, really, really pleased and really, really happy with that book. And part of the reason I didn’t jump in and do a second was because, maybe not unlike doing another album, there’s gotta be a reason to do it. Just to do a follow-up, there’s no reason unless there’s something to accomplish, something to put forward, something to affect people. So I accomplished everything I wanted to with that book, and I couldn’t be more proud of it and more satisfied. But it’s also the foundation for something to come after.”

Stanley previously explained that he was the last of the four original KISS members to write an autobiography because he “didn’t write a KISS book. I wasn’t writing the last in a series. I don’t wanna be associated with those books, ’cause most of them are junk. Autobiographies, by their nature, are junk, because they tend to be love letters to yourself. You are writing what you think is you in your best light, telling stories that probably may have been enhanced, to say the least.”

Paul admitted that he “read a little bit of” Gene Simmons‘s book when it first came out but that he had a different recollection of some of their shared history. While reading Gene‘s book, Stanley felt, “Gee, I thought I did that. I thought that was me. You thought you were me,” he said. As for the books that were written by drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, Stanley said: “There’s a reason why attorneys don’t put drug addicts or alcoholics on the witness stand. Regardless of whether they are today or not, anybody who’s in a twelve-step program will tell you they are alcoholics, or they’re drug addicts. It’s not a past tense. So to have somebody write their memoirs, well, they… as far as I can remember, they couldn’t remember yesterday. How are they gonna remember thirty years ago?”

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