Makeup to Breakup

Makeup to Breakup

My Life in and Out of Kiss

Book - 2012
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Founding KISS drummer Peter "Catman" Criss delivers a riveting and candid account of his incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock 'n roll success and excess.

LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter "Catman" Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock 'n' roll success and excess.

KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.

Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he'd make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss's eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he'd one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world--composing and singing his band's all-time biggest hit, "Beth" (1976)--but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.

Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician's memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock's most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock 'n' roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451620825
Branch Call Number: B Cris
Characteristics: xii, 365 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sloman, Larry
Alternative Title: Make up to breakup


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May 12, 2017

It was a fun read. Got to say that Peter's reputation as the "dumb" one is certainly well-earned!

Oct 03, 2013

This book is awesome. Constant. Never a dull moment. I wasn't even a KISS fan but did enjoy Family Jewels series on TV, but this is an incredible truth of Peter's life good bad and ugly, but honestly displays his ups and downs, and all our human flaws.

Feb 06, 2013

Got it out, after we read Kiss and Make-up, by Simmons. This is better written I think, and a better view. Didn't finish - other things on the go.


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Jul 04, 2015

Have you ever tasted the barrel of a .357 Magnum that's halfway down your throat?


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