There’s no shortage of books on “the hottest band in the world” KISS…
Most of the books are pretty good and give interesting insights about the band, their music and their lengthy and colorful history. But as of yet there hasn’t been a book that fully covers the era when KISS was make-up free, until now. TAKE IT OFF: KISS TRULY UNMASKED, by Greg Prato, drops November 19 and looks at roughly the years 1983 – 1996, when KISS ditched the war paint and re-establish themselves onstage, on the charts, and on MTV.
Prato and a host of great contributors, including ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, Eddie Trunk, KK Downing of Judas Priest, producer Ron Nevison, Charlie Benante of Anthrax and others discuss the decisions to unmask (and to later re-form the original band with makeup), the band’s image, members, the concerts, and of course, the music. There’s also a foreword by pro wrestler and rocker Chris Jericho who, like this writer, got into KISS during this era.
For folks like me who have read almost every book on KISS, this book is a must-have. I always love oral histories, where numerous knowledgeable insiders give their takes, and Prato’s analysis and info is spot-on. Its great to see this era, which is still relevant and popular to so many fans, get its due.