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KISS book not a total money grab

Part of being an educated KISS fan is being ready to — at times — be ripped off. I’ve written extensively about my lifelong obsession with the masked rockers and I don’t think it’s at all incompatible to say that I have the utmost respect for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley while also always being leery of their products.

So it was a pleasant surprise to find the new book KISS: 1977 – 1980 will full color photographs from Lynn Goldsmith to be well worth the cover price.

With multiple shelves full of books from all original band members, to tour accountants, to mistresses, and more, I’ve seen pretty much everything to do with the band. Yet, there were images in KISS: 1977 – 1980 that I had never seen before. Costumes that were never worn on stage, photo shoots that were never before published. I actually found that the book contained new information, even for a hardcore geek like me.

On the downside, there were some missed notes, like the inclusion of lyrics from songs that weren’t recorded until several years after the period covered by the book, but those are fairly minor quibbles.

If you’re someone who enjoyed the late seventies, moving into Dynasty era costumes, then this book is for you.