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Kiss and Sell The Making of a Supergroup

C.K. Lendt ó 9 Free read

Are built and money is made and spent This is an inside view of the lifestyles and excesses of rock stars the pressures of staying on top the influence of the entertainment industry's power brokers and the glitz glamour and celebrity of stars such as Diana Ross Lisa Hartman and Cher Now reunited and s This book had a lot of focus on the business side of things There was much info about artists other than Kiss who were associated with the firm the author worked for A lot of behind the scenes detail that is not found in Kiss authorized biographies Understandable because the stories did not always put Kiss members in the best light I found the book to be lengthy with many characters making short appearances but worth the read for nostalgic purposes

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Kiss and Sell is a riveting account of the intersecting worlds of music and commerce as viewed from the perspective of a top executive with Kiss's business management from 1976 to 1988 It's an in depth look at the convergence of hard rock big business and bigger egos and a revealing story of how images This was one of those rock books I simply couldn’t put down I read the bulk of it in two days Obviously move along if you’re not a KISS fan or at least a general fan of rock and metal behind the scenes It’s a highly readable and extremely well written account of keeping the Leviathan that was the KISS show on the road during my their glory years descending to their nadir of the mid to late 80s The author was a businessmanagement insider who was there along the entire ride during those years and sober enough to give you an “outside looking in” peek There’s lots of insight into the band members themselves to keep you interested no massive surprises Gene fucked anything Ace was clearly the most likeable However the fresh angle is an insight into the crazy world of the business of a mad supergroupThere were some boring bits I really didn’t need an entire long chapter on Diana Ross’s career; this book was billed as a KISS expose not a tale of other artists on the books But what I loved most was the incredibly dry witty acerbic but never nasty prose that painted such perfect pictures often with a gallows humour about it

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Etting concert attendance records throughout the world Kiss are once again on top This is the story of their spectacular rise in the '70s their plummeting popularity in the '80s and their survival from a series of debacles and downturns to reclaim their title of the hottest band in the land in the '90s A great gossipy insider's view of the KISS organization as it fell apart after 1976 a product of the band's insane excesses and insatiable desire to appear larger than life Lendt is a pretty terrible writer but he's blunt in his assessment of the band's appeal and its considerable weaknesses He started in 1976 at KISS' absolute peak and was there for the rapid descent into near oblivion at the onset of the 80s He was on the business side of things so he doesn't spend much time thinking about the band's music thankfully he sticks to their inability to run an efficient professional touring company His attitude toward women is somewhat troubling he seems to share the bands' view of them as a disposable sextoys


10 thoughts on “Kiss and Sell The Making of a Supergroup

  1. says:

    Ace is back and he told you so


  2. says:

    Great look inside the circus that was Kiss The Writer is a bit self important in this and spends a lot of time talking about different restaurants what people were wearing etcwhich makes the book a bit of a long readWhen CK Lendt actually gets to the meat thoughlook out It is some great behind the scenes details that even the most knowledable Kiss fan will be surprised withA MUST read if you even remotely enjoyed Kiss during the late 70's early 80's


  3. says:

    This was one of those rock books I simply couldn’t put down I read the bulk of it in two days Obviously move along if you’re not a KISS fan or at least a general fan of rock and metal behind the scenes It’s a highly readable and extremely well written account of keeping the Leviathan that was the KISS show on the road during my their glory years descending to their nadir of the mid to late 80s The author was a businessmanagement insider who was there along the entire ride during those years and sober enough to give you an “outside looking in” peek There’s lots of insight into the band members themselves to keep you interested no massive surprises Gene fucked anything Ace was clearly the most likeable However the fresh angle is an insight into the crazy world of the business of a mad supergroupThere were some boring bits I really didn’t need an entire long chapter on Diana Ross’s career; this book was billed as a KISS expose not a tale of other artists on the books But what I loved most was the incredibly dry witty acerbic but never nasty prose that painted such perfect pictures often with a gallows humour about it


  4. says:

    Read this around when it first came out and I was working in a bookstore I read it on Sundays while sitting at the store's information desk It was a very interesting account of the financial side of Kiss rise to the top subseuent fall and their revival It also looks at Casablanca Records and how it rose and fell with the band Lendt worked on the business side of Casablanca Records and he doesn't pull any punches on how much money the band's members blew through leaving them close to bankruptcy It kind of puts the lie to all of Gene Simmons talk about his great financial acumenIt was also interesting to see how Simmons and Paul Stanley kind of hijacked KISS conventions run by fans in order to turn them into profit streams for the band Casablanca Records may have fallen by the wayside but KISS ended up doing all right Recommended


  5. says:

    This book had a lot of focus on the business side of things There was much info about artists other than Kiss who were associated with the firm the author worked for A lot of behind the scenes detail that is not found in Kiss authorized biographies Understandable because the stories did not always put Kiss members in the best light I found the book to be lengthy with many characters making short appearances but worth the read for nostalgic purposes


  6. says:

    The best Kiss stories are unauthorized unchecked unsanitized by StanleySimmons inc This one is unbelievably revealing The egos the Super Kiss mentality the excess the dramaall from a business perspective which I personally relate to Best chapters include the crazy attempts at touring in Mexico in the 80s the Brazil fiasco Gene and Cher's Egyptian themed apartment and of coursethe making of The Elder Fantastic


  7. says:

    Kiss and Sell The Making of a Supergroup gives the reader a sneak peak behind the scenes of the Kiss brand The novel is well written and a must for any Kiss fan The author worked for Kiss in the 70's and 80's


  8. says:

    This is the most entertaining Kiss book


  9. says:

    A great gossipy insider's view of the KISS organization as it fell apart after 1976 a product of the band's insane excesses and insatiable desire to appear larger than life Lendt is a pretty terrible writer but he's blunt in his assessment of the band's appeal and its considerable weaknesses He started in 1976 at KISS' absolute peak and was there for the rapid descent into near oblivion at the onset of the 80s He was on the business side of things so he doesn't spend much time thinking about the band's music thankfully he sticks to their inability to run an efficient professional touring company His attitude toward women is somewhat troubling he seems to share the bands' view of them as a disposable sextoys


  10. says:

    Interesting book It might not be the average KISS fan's type of material but it is a huge overall lesson in how overspending in addition to overselling can impact a good thing It also goes into in great length about what it takes to put together a KISS tour in third world countries It's also a lesson in how tax shelter law changes can affect the finances of a businessWritten by a person who was hired on as a liason inbetween management and the band shortly after Rock and Roll Over was released and worked for the group throughout most of the non makeup era I would say the big thing that struck me was how everyone involved with group management etc etc were living large off of KISS's dollars rather than thinking of the future For example towards the end of the book he talks about a meeting with his boss at first class restaurant while discussing how to tell the band that their financing was on their last legs; It also goes into detail the money and we're talking LOADS of it that got funneled into homesstudiosofficesnew acts that went nowhere or were uickly sold offIt also goes into how promoters approached the band and how easily they outstretched themselves trying to land KISS in areas that just could not support them in a way that made it economically feasible Promoters almost always took on the role of used car salesmen in the book promising anything then finding themselves holding an empty bag at the end of the dayIt does go into the band into a fair degree and talks about the things that eventually drove the original lineup apart but not as much as Gene's or Ace's book does But what it does go into is how the breakup affected Polygram's deal with the band Peter was actually a financially partner in the band for many years after he left it years after Ace who was bought out shortly after he leftOverall a good read for those interested in the band but a great read for those who enjoy reading the business side written by a person who later went on to teach the music business in college


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