Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Birthday Paul Stanley of KISS!

Happy Birthday Paul Stanley, one of the greatest frontmen in the history of rock 'n' roll. I was absolutely obsessed with the band as a kid and finally got to see KISS live in 1984. Then I had the pleasure of meeting the Starchild twice: once at a hotel in Dallas, once at a hotel in Fort Worth, both after an amazing show.

In 2014, while reading Paul's autobiography and several other KISS books, it occurred to me that no one had ever written a KISS encyclopedia. All the other iconic bands had at least one—the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Who, the Beatles, etc.—but not The Hottest Band in the World. So I sent a query letter to my publisher (McFarland), pitching such a project, and they readily agreed that KISS indeed was Encyclopedia-worthy. They loved the notion of filling this gap in the publishing market and the band's history, and I loved the idea of paying tribute to my childhood heroes. I then spent the next year-and-a-half researching and writing the world's first and only KISS encyclopedia, which the publisher dubbed Encyclopedia of KISS: Music, Personnel, Events and Related Subjects.You can read the preface on Amazon, as well as quite a few encyclopedia pages, by clicking HERE.

*Encyclopedia of KISS is world-class; Weiss has done his research very, very well. All areas are covered with enthusiasm and energy. -

*I keep it near my favorite chair in the family room and pop it open quite a's a fun book I think fans will's chock-full of great information...great job on the research. - Mark Cicchini, co-host of 3 Sides of the Coin podcast

*Good unofficial KISS book...a good read for KISS fans. – Bill Starkey, co-founder of the KISS Army

*A great book...a fun read...definitely a different kind of book. – Michael Brandvold, co-host of 3 Sides of the Coin podcast

*Terrific read...incredibly well-written and thorough in its examination of All Things Brett Weiss has been exhaustive in his research...a great book. - Ross"Chaim" Berg, author of Gene Simmons: A Rock 'N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust

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