THERE’S A GREAT NEW BOOK ON KISS,
Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked by Greg Prato, coming out November 19. Prato, twice a guest on The Weapon of Self-Distraction Podcast, pens a terrific oral history of the years KISS ditched the makeup and made a hard-rocking comeback after the “down” years of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
While the majority of KISS books are focused on the glitz and glamour of the iconic makeup era, the years sans the greasepaint and the costumes are ripe to be explored in book form, and Take It Off does just that, zeroing in on the eleven albums KISS issued during this period – including such gold- and platinum-certified hits as Lick It Up, Animalize, Revenge, and Alive III – as well the resulting tours, videos, and other escapades.
Take It Off draws on all-new interviews with KISS experts and associates, including the band’s lead guitarist throughout most of this period, Bruce Kulick, plus Crazy Nights producer Ron Nevison and video director Paul Rachman (Unholy/I Just Wanna/Domino). Among the other contributors are Charlie Benante (Anthrax), K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest), Derek Sherinan (ex-Dream Theater), and rock music experts Eddie Trunk, Katherine Turman, and Lonn Friend. The book also includes a foreword by Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho and an afterword by acclaimed producer Andreas Carlsson, as well as rare photographs and memorabilia from the period.