Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pinball Books Worth Reading


Invented during The Great Depression, when Americans needed cheap, escapist entertainment, pinball has been around almost as long as the talkies, but there are very few books on the subject when compared to the film industry. Fortunately, there are some worth recommending.

Here are seven quality pinball tomes—impressive volumes that you’ll be proud to display in your office, library or game room. You might even want to keep a couple on your coffee table for company to flip through.

Pinball!
by Roger C. Sharpe
Publisher: E. P. Dutton
1977 
A pinball collector, designer, licenser, and competitive player, Roger Sharpe is an industry icon. In 1976, when pinball was illegal in many states, he demonstrated before the New York City Council that it was a skill game—not a gambling game of chance—by nailing a clutch plunger shot.

In addition, he authored Pinball!, one of the earliest books on subject. Now an out-of-print collectible, it is a virtual trip through time, bringing to life in text and gorgeous color photos (by James Hamilton) not only the machines themselves, but also the places where they were played in the United States and in Europe, such as arcades, bars, restaurants, and laundromats. Sharpe’s experience with and love for the hobby shine through.

Pinball: The Lure of the Silver Ball
by Gary Flower and Bill Kurtz
Publisher: Chartwell Books
1988 
Gary Flower and Bill Kurtz collected pinballs, contributed to various pinball magazines, and were active participants in pinball festivals for years before penning Pinball: The Lure of the Silver Ball. The book is a sturdy hardcover with color photos on most every page, documenting our favorite hobby from 1930 to 1988. There are also chapters on “Pinball at Home” and “Pinball Ephemera,” along with an appendix listing every pinball manufactured in the U.S. from 1939 to when the book was published.

The book is relatively slim at 128 pages, but it gives readers a nice overview of the industry and brief commentary on many of its key machines, including such classics as Mirco’s Spirit of 76, the first digital pinball, and Williams’ Firepower, the first digital pinball to feature multi-ball play.

Encyclopedia of Pinball: Vol. 1
by Richard M. Bueschel
Publisher: Silverball Amusements
1996
The late pinball historian Richard M. Bueschel plumbed the depths of the Great Depression when penning Encyclopedia of Pinball: Vol. 1, which covers 1930-1933, including such early machines as Whiffle and Rocket. In addition to a wealth of pinball history (origins of pinball, mechanical marvels, the pinball patent wars, payout machines, etc.), this hardcover book features photos of vintage flyers, sales literature, patents, and the pins themselves.

Bueschel followed a couple of years later with Encyclopedia of Pinball: Vol. 2, which covers 1934-1936 and features such topics as bells, kickers, lights, buttons, and electricity. Both books are out of print, but well worth hunting down.

The Complete Pinball Book: Collecting the Game & Its History
by Marco Rossignoli
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
2011
A thick coffee table book with tons of color photos, including extreme close-ups of art and playfields, The Complete Pinball Book: Collecting the Game & Its History was first published in 1999, but is now in its third edition. Rather than list the games by title or company, the book focuses on the evolution and implementation of particular pinball components, such as art, scoring, tilt mechanisms, voice effects, flippers, bumpers, and ramps. A convenient index helps you locate pics of specific machines.

With all the recent pinballs produced by Stern, along with a couple from Jersey Jack, we’ve got our fingers cross that this book will be expanded into a fourth edition.

The Pinball Compendium: 1982 to Present (Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition)
by Michael Shalhoub
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
2012
Michael Shalhoub likely devoted hundreds (if not thousands) of hours to his series of pinball books, the most current of which is the revised and expanded edition of The Pinball Compendium: 1982 to Present. Instead of focusing on detailed rules of the games, Shalhoub shines the spotlight on the artists and designers, such as Ted Estes, one of the programmers on The Twilight Zone. Estes is given two pages in this massive hardcover book to discuss his history in the industry, accompanied by two color photos: one of Estes in his office and one of him standing in front of The Twilight Zone.

Depending on your preference, this emphasis on the creators can be a good or bad thing, but we like the format as it sets the book apart from the pack.

The Pinball Price Guide, Ninth Edition
by Pinballeric
Publisher: PINBALLERIC LLC
2013
Listing the price values of more than 2,000 pinballs released for the U.S. market from 1931 to 2012, The Pinball Price Guide, Ninth Edition distinguishes itself by dividing pricing into three condition classes: 1 (best), 2 (good), and 3 (okay). A Condition Grading Guide helps you determine the grade of the pinball you are trying to evaluate, from its backglass to its cabinet to its playfield.

In addition, the book has tips on caring for and maintaining machines, along with four articles: “Electro-Mechanical Games of the 1960s and 70s” by Brian Saunders, “Woodrail Pricing: The Big Picture” by Gordon A. Hasse, Jr., “Prewar (Flipperless) Pinball Machines” by Rob Hawkins, and “Bingo-Style Pinball Machines” by Dennis Dodel.

Pinball Machine Care and Maintenance
by B. B. Kamoroff
Publisher: Bell Springs Publishing
2015

Pinball machines are fun to play, but with all their moving parts, they do break down from time to time. If you have one or more pinballs in your game room, or you are responsible for maintaining the machines in an arcade, grab a copy of Pinball Machine Care and Maintenance 3rd Edition (third edition), which offers easy-to-read instructions on fixing flippers, checking fuses, identifying pinball parts, protecting the backglass and playfield, disassembling and setting up a machine, general cleaning and maintenance, and much more. This is a useful tool for beginners and veterans alike.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Collecting Abraham Lincoln


In the 1992 feature film, Wayne's World, which is based on the Saturday Night Live skit starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, Garth Algar, speaking to Wayne Campbell, compliments Cassandra—the film’s requisite bodacious beauty—with the following epithet: “If she were a president she would be Babe-raham Lincoln.”

So entrenched is Abraham Lincoln in the collective consciousness of America that even a mindless Hollywood comedy can—without hesitation and with nary a lick of context—name-drop the 16th president in a joking manner and expect everyone in the audience, even younger viewers with little care about what happened before they were born, to immediately get the reference.

Widely regarded as the best president in the history of America (numerous surveys, including a 2007 Gallup poll, have ranked him number one, ahead of such luminaries as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson), Abraham Lincoln deserves his posthumous fame and his reputation as a great leader, thanks in no small part to his brilliant leadership during the most trying time in the history of the country: the Civil War.

While in office Lincoln had his share of detractors, including many slave owners in the South and those who violently opposed his suspending of the writ of Habeas corpus during the Civil War. However, these days you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love Lincoln, who, as anyone with even the most rudimentary understanding of American history is all too aware, was assassinated by actor and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth, on April 14, 1865.

One of Lincoln’s most ardent admirers is Dan Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, which, as the name suggests, specializes in Lincolniana. In addition to rare books, the store carries autographs, manuscripts, prints, paintings, sculptures, stamps, pamphlets, and much more.

According to Weinberg, who began his involvement with the store in 1971 and in 1984 became sole proprietor, Lincoln was indeed the greatest American president.

“When I came to the shop 40 years ago,” Weinberg said, “I knew about Lincoln’s major accomplishments, of course, but when I began studying him in depth I discovered that the ‘mythology’ surrounding Lincoln is essentially correct. His honesty, ethics, and morality were second to none. He was an amazing leader and a true genius.”

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room cabin in Kentucky. In December of 1816, the Lincoln family, who lost their land partly due to a faulty title, moved to Indiana. Abe’s mother, Nancy, died of “milk sickness” when he was only nine years old. In 1819, Abe’s father, Thomas, married Sarah Bush Johnston.

Thomas was a frontiersman, meaning Lincoln grew up doing exhaustive, physically demanding labor, including splitting fence rails, chopping firewood, and plowing fields. Despite his rural upbringing, Lincoln had an aversion to killing animals, meaning he didn’t care for hunting and fishing.  

Lincoln received limited formal education and was primarily self-educated, literally reading everything he could get his hands on (books were a rare commodity in largely illiterate frontier Indiana), including such volumes as Robinson Crusoe, Dillworth’s Spelling-Book, and Life of Washington (it should come as no surprise that Lincoln greatly admired the founding fathers).

In 1842, the tall and gangly, yet athletically adept (he was a renowned wrestler) Lincoln married
Mary Todd. Prior to being elected the 16th president of the United States on November, 16th of 1860, Lincoln held a variety of jobs, including general store owner, postmaster, county surveyor, congressman (initially a member of the ill-fated Whig Party, Lincoln later helped shape the new Republican Party), and lawyer (practicing law under Mary Todd’s cousin, John T. Stuart).


“Part of Lincoln’s brilliance is that he was self-taught,” Weinberg said. “Through self-directed study and innate genius, he was able to understand issues and the law. He learned how to write speeches, how to be a lawyer, and how to be the Commander in Chief.”
Lincoln’s exploits during his presidency are the stuff of legend. His famed Emancipation Proclamation helped ensure the freedom of more than three million slaves and provided the groundwork to outlaw slavery altogether. His concisely elegant Gettysburg Address, which typified his rarified oratory skills, remains one of the most quoted political speeches in history. And, of course, there’s that little matter of preserving the state of the Union.

“We [as a nation] were very lucky to have him in office at that tumultuous time in history,” Weinberg explained. “A lesser president might have let half the country go. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, inclined toward real dictatorship (as opposed to merely suspending Habeas corpus and shutting down a newspaper or two).”

While Lincoln has been elevated to virtual sainthood over the years, he, like all presidents before and after him, wasn’t perfect, something Weinberg freely admits.

“I wish Lincoln would have learned the military aspects of being president more quickly,” Weinberg said. “Strategy he understood almost immediately, but I wish he would have found a general more quickly. Maybe then the war could have ended a year or three earlier.”

Also, while it’s generally understood that Lincoln was fond of children, he didn’t necessarily take to parenting right away.

“He had to learn how to become a father,” Weinberg said. “I don’t think he was a good father in the beginning. He was away a lot, and I think Robert [Lincoln’s first son] may have felt that. It really wasn’t until Willie [Lincoln’s third son] came along that he learned fatherhood.” (Lincoln had a total of four children—all boys).

Despite these perceived shortcomings, Lincoln remains largely above reproach. And, in addition to being regarded as the greatest president of all time, he’s the most collected as well. Collectors all over the world clamor for original Lincolnalia from the 19th century.

According to Weinberg, some of the rarest, most valuable Lincoln items are letters written by Honest Abe. “I had one spectacular letter that sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was written to Thomas Corwin during the presidential campaign of 1860. Lincoln succinctly explained that he was against slavery and that he would do something about it.”

In addition to selling Lincoln items, Weinberg is a collector as well. “Hanging on my wall right now is the only known instance of Lincoln misspelling his name. He crossed it out, and it became ‘Linclon.’ He crossed it out and did it again until he got it right.”

One-of-a-kind Lincolnalia, such as the aforementioned letter, are clearly out of the price range of the average collector. However, there are many vintage Lincoln items that are highly affordable, including such mass produced items as books, electoral tickets, and pamphlets. Even more affordable are replicated items, such as archival quality reprinted photos, which can sell for as little as $55.

Easily the most common Abraham Lincoln collectible is the Lincoln Cent, which was commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt, designed by Victor David Brenner (who placed his initials conspicuously on the back of the coin), and released into circulation on August 2, 1909. Prior to the taboo-busting Lincoln Cent, it was considered indecorous by many to feature the image of a person—living or dead—on a circulating coin (despite, or maybe because of, such precedents as the infamous Julius Caesar coin).

The 1909 Lincoln Cent—more commonly known as the penny—featured a profile of Abraham Lincoln, an image still used today, making it one of the longest-running coin designs in the history of the world. The reverse side depicting “wheat ears” was changed in 1959 to a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial. While most so-called “wheat pennies” are only worth a few cents each, certain issues with die flaws or with Victor David Brenner’s initials are worth considerably more. (For more info on coin values, consult the 2011 Hand Book of United States Coins: The Official Blue Book by R.S. Yeoman and Ken Bressett).


One of the more colorful Lincoln collectibles is Classics Illustrated #142 ($30), which tells—in comic book form—the tale of Honest Abe’s personal and professional life. Released in 1958, the issue was reprinted in 2010 by Jack Lake Productions. 
Also released in 1958 was Dell’s Abraham Lincoln Life Story #1 (1958, $20). More recent sequential art offerings include the graphic novels New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln (1998) and A Treasure of Victorian Murder: The Murder of Abraham Lincoln (2006).

In 2010, Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, released Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an illustrated, critically acclaimed novel that melds history with fantasy and horror.

Whether you’re a serious student of presidential history, or you’re simply a fan of Honest Abe and would like to acquire a few mementos, the collecting possibilities are virtually endless, ranging from vintage campaign items to post-assassination commemoratives to modern day kitsch.

Weinberg has advice for the aspiring Lincoln collector. “I always tell people ‘quality over quantity.’ Of course, it’s a hobby, and you have to collect in a way that makes you happy. I don’t recommend collecting Lincolnalia solely for investment purposes, but if you do then you’d better collect top of the line stuff, something that has spectacular content or a great story behind it.”

Here’s a look at the selling prices of a recently completed run of eBay auctions for various Abraham Lincoln items:

*1860 campaign ribbon: $4,051.
*1860 Abraham Lincoln/Hannibal Hamlin ferrotype campaign pin: $993.57.
*1861 CDV photo by Mathew Brady: $416.92.
*1864 campaign medal: $887.77.
*1864 campaign buckle: $416.44.
*1865 “pewter rim type” mourning piece with a Mathew Brady albumen photograph: $2,940.
*1865 silk mourning ribbon: $99.99.
*1866 Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln (George Bancroft, Government Printing Office): $199.00.
*1867 15-cent U.S. postage stamp: $70.39.
*1890 first edition 10-volume book set, Abraham Lincoln: A History, by John G. Nicolay and John Hay: $1499.99.
*1954 Baccarat paperweight: $127.51.
*1993 Budweiser Civil War stein: $99.99.
*2009 commemorative silver dollar: $137.50.

For more information on Lincoln collectibles, check out these two books: A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents (Official Red Books) by Q. David Bowers (2008) and the older, but still useful Collecting Lincoln (Schiffer Book for Collectors & Historians) by Stuart L. Schneider (1997).


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Celebrities of the Late 1970s Talk Video Games

Check out what Charlton Heston, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Martin Landau had to say about video games back in the day. Fascinating stuff!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 -- Reviewed in Digital Press #75


The new issue of the long-running Digital Press fanzine is now available. Editor in Chief Jeff Spega reviewed my "100 Greatest" book, giving it high marks all around. Thanks to Jeff for taking the time to write such a thorough, thoughtful and entertaining review.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Retrogaming Roundup -- The KISS Conversation


In the new episode of Retrogaming Roundup, me and my buddy Scott Schreiber talk KISS, Encyclopedia of KISS, Atari and ColecoVision. Listen in at the 88:00 mark for my appearance on the show. You can download or listen online HERE



Friday, December 23, 2016

New ColecoVisions Podcast! -- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - ColecoVision Homebrews


Hosted by Willie Culver, John "Gamester81" Lester & gaming 
author Brett Weiss, ColecoVisions Podcast covers all things Coleco, plus general videogame news and geeky goodness. This month we discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and ColecoVision homebrews. You can listen HERE.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

My KISSTORY -- Encyclopedia of KISS Preface


As many of you know, my Encyclopedia of KISS is now available on Amazon. Below is my preface to the book, which will give you some idea of my background as a fan of the band.

Encyclopedia of KISS: Music, Personnel, Events and Related Subjects

PREFACE

As a kid growing up in Fort Worth, Texas during the 1970s, I had a blast shooting hoops, digging in the dirt, and riding my bike with friends. I also enjoyed reading comic books, watching TV, playing video games, and listening to rock music. However, other than the social aspect of it, I never really liked going to school.

Despite the fact that I now write for a living, and despite the fact that I’ve always been an avid reader, I was a terrible student. My teachers would tell me that I was “bright, but that I didn’t apply myself.” I’m sure I had undiagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as it was hard for me to sit still, follow instructions, and concentrate on what the teachers were saying. It didn’t help that I had a miserable self-esteem, and that I was often hopped up on allergy and bronchitis medicine.

I was painfully shy during the early years of elementary school and would try to obey the rules, but by the time I reached fifth and sixth grade, instead of listening to the teachers, I was much more interested in flirting with the cute girls, making the other kids laugh, and decorating my folders and book covers with drawings and magazine photos of my favorite rock band, KISS. Along with Captain Kirk, The Flash (the Barry Allen version, of course), and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, my boyhood heroes were Ace “The Spaceman” Frehley, Gene “The Demon” Simmons, Paul “The Starchild” Stanley, and Peter “The Catman” Criss.

I don’t recall the exact moment I discovered KISS (probably around 1975, when I was eight-years-old and the classic double LP Alive! was new in stores), but during the late 1970s, when I was absolutely obsessed with the band and was wearing out the grooves on the second Holy Trinity of KISS albums—DestroyerRock and Roll Over, and Love Gun (KISSHotter than Hell, and Dressed to Kill are the first Holy Trinity)—the aptly nicknamed “Hottest Band in the World” was everywhere, and it seemed to me like they were simply meant to exist by some divine decree, the way one thinks of such iconic figures of popular culture as Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and, of course, the Beatles, one of the two or three biggest influences on KISS.

Unlike school, KISS made perfect sense to me as they combined many of the things that I loved—movie monsters, science fiction, superheroes, cartoons, and rock and roll—into one loud, colorful, over-the-top extravaganza. I never questioned why grown men would don scary-cool makeup, giant platform boots, and outlandish costumes before getting up onstage to play music, and it never seemed odd to me that Gene spit blood and fire, or that Ace played a smoking, rocket-shooting guitar. I simply thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen (or heard).

During this more innocent, more na├»ve time (without access to the Internet or cable television, we kids relied on playground rumors for much of our information), I had no idea KISS’s lyrics were inundated with sexual innuendo. And, like most fans, I didn’t know anything about Ace and Peter’s alcohol and drug abuse, or about all the arguing and discontentment that went on in the band. I just figured Ace, Gene, Paul, and Peter were four of the happiest people on the planet, as I was when I listened to their music.

As an enthusiastic KISS fan on a limited budget, I desperately wanted, but couldn’t afford most of the avalanche of merchandise that was produced at the peak of the band’s popularity during the late 1970s. When my family would go to K-Mart on Friday nights, I would drool over the tantalizing treasures on display in the toy aisle, such as the van model kit, the toy guitar, and the Mego dolls, but it would have taken me months to save up enough money to buy even one of these things on my meager dollar-per-week allowance. And, on those rare times when I did have extra money, such as birthdays and Christmas, I would buy what were by far the most import KISS items: the records. Despite the coolness of the costumes, makeup, pyrotechnics, and toy line, the music is what I’ve always liked best about KISS.

To compensate for my lack of funds when it came to KISS collectibles, I had to be creative. Instead of buying the KISS van model kit, which was around $10, I purchased an ordinary car model, which was only $2 and some change, and I decorated it with the temporary tattoos that were included with the band’s second live album, Alive II. I also spent my allowance on rock music magazines, including copies of CreemCircus, andHit Parader, as long as KISS was featured on the cover. I even bought copies of such teen heartthrob magazines as 16 and Teen Beat, just to get a few more KISS pics.

After reading the magazines until they were in tatters (It fascinated me to no end that Ace claimed to be from the planet “Jendel,” no matter how many times I read it), I would cut out the smaller KISS pictures and place them in a scrapbook, and I would get my dad to take the larger photos—the pinups, as they were called—to work and make multiple photocopies of them (thanks, Dad). I would tack the original pinups to the walls in my room (thanks, Mom) and hand out the black-and-white copies to kids at school, as though I were some kind of KISS evangelist.

My parents wouldn’t take me to an actual KISS concert, not because they disapproved of the band, but because it would’ve meant driving downtown and spending money, and because they surely didn’t want to see the show themselves. As such, watching KISS on television was about as good as it got in my little universe.Long before YouTube, I would eagerly try to catch every televised KISS appearance that I could, including on such shows as PM Magazine and The Midnight Special. One of the best nights of my young life—I was 11-years-old at the time—was the October 28, 1978 airing of the made-for-TV movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which was about the greatest thing I had ever seen: my super-powered heroes foiling bad-guy schemes, battling robots and creatures,  and performing onstage at an amusement park. Viewed through adult eyes, the film is hopelessly cheesy (though I still enjoy it), but back then it was my Hard Day’s Night, my Wizard of Oz, my rock and roll fantasy, and my monster movie-of-the-week, all rolled into one.

I had a good friend with super religious parents who wouldn’t let him watch KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (after all, KISS did stand for Knights in Satan’s Service, or so some people thought), so, naturally, he came over to my house that evening after lying to his parents about what we were going to do. In the minutes leading up to the start of the movie, I was so excited that I kept leaving the living room as though I weren’t going to watch it, and then I would run back in, diving on the carpet in front of the TV set, much to the amusement and bemusement of my friend and my parents. Around the fifth or sixth time I performed this odd gymnastic maneuver, the movie began, and I sat transfixed before the television for the next two hours, blocking out the world and basking in the ethereal glow of what I thought was pure greatness.

By the time junior high school rolled around, most of the “cool” kids didn’t like KISS anymore and would make fun of anyone who did, saying “KISS sucks.” Since the band wore makeup and costumes, and since their cartoonish images were on everything from lunch boxes to puzzles to bubblegum cards, many people refused to take them seriously, even though the music they made was fantastic (if simplistic) rock and roll. This frustrated me to no end, as did the fact that KISS was rarely played on the radio because most disc jockeys and station managers, like most music critics, snubbed their noses at the band. One rare exception was the power ballad “Beth,” which even grownups liked.

I knew KISS was great and that they didn’t suck—I just wish they would have gotten more respect at the time. But that’s all water under the proverbial bridge now as the four original members of KISS entered the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014, a ridiculous 15 years after they became eligible. Further, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and they’ve influenced the careers of countless entertainers, everyone from Garth Brooks to Lenny Kravitz to the late, great “Dimebag” Darrell.

To this day, I’m still a huge KISS fan. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have written this book, which has been a massive (and massively fun) undertaking. A couple of years ago, while going through my collection of KISS books and magazines, it occurred to me that, other than an obscure Japanese book published during the late 1970s, no one had ever written an honest-to-goodness KISS encyclopedia. The Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead—each of these iconic bands has had at least one encyclopedia, but not KISS, so I took it upon myself to fill a gap in the rock and roll publishing industry.

The result is the titanic tome you are holding in your hands, a labor of love that catalogs, describes, and often critiques all of KISS’s albums, songs, and tours, along with most of their important movie, TV, and comic book appearances. The book lists and describes hundreds of other things related to the band as well, including prominent friends, girlfriends, family members, influences, action figures, memorabilia, crew members, session musicians, songwriters, books, magazines, and much, much more.

The primary focus of the encyclopedia is on the original fab four—Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss—but replacement members Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer (the band’s current drummer), and Tommy Thayer (the band’s current lead guitarist) are given their due as well: their contributions to the KISS legacy certainly deserve documentation. If the KISS-related person, item, or event you are looking for doesn’t have an actual entry in the book, check the index at the back—he, she, or it is probably mentioned in here somewhere.

Whether you’re a lifelong member of the KISS Army, someone who hopped aboard during the non-makeup era or the Reunion Tour, or you simply dig the current KISS lineup, I hope you have as much fun reading this book as much as I had writing it. After all, the main philosophy of KISS is that you should enjoy life.

And now, without further ado: “You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS!"

You can "look inside" the book and order it HERE.