No Regrets

No Regrets

A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

Book - 2011 | 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
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THE MUSIC, THE MAKEUP, THE MADNESS, AND MORE. . . . In December of 1972, a pair of musicians placed an advertisement in the Village Voice : "GUITARIST WANTED WITH FLASH AND ABILITY." Ace Frehley figured he had both, so he answered the ad. The rest is rock 'n' roll history.

He was just a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. But when he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley transformed into "The Spaceman"--and helped turn KISS into one of the top-selling bands in the world. Now, for the first time, the beloved rock icon reveals his side of the story with no-holds-barred honesty . . . and no regrets.

For KISS fans, Ace offers a rare behind-the-makeup look at the band's legendary origins, including the lightning-bolt logo he designed and the outfits his mother sewed. He talks about the unspoken division within the band--he and Peter Criss versus Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons--because the other two didn't "party every day." Ace also reveals the inside story behind his turbulent breakup with KISS, their triumphant reunion a decade later, and his smash solo career. Along the way, he shares wild stories about dancing at Studio 54 with "The Bionic Woman," working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and bar-flying all night with John Belushi. In the end, he comes to terms with his highly publicized descent into alcohol, drugs, and self-destruction--ultimately managing to conquer his demons and come out on top.

This is Ace Frehley.

No makeup.

No apologies.

No regrets.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gallery Books, ©2011
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451613940
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 FRE 2011
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Layden, Joe

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Zepp71
Oct 01, 2016

If you have any interest in Kiss, this makes for a fun and easy read. My recommendation would be to skip the first couple of chapters, and dig right into the origins of Kiss.

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5303
Apr 04, 2015

This book is unreadable. Ace is really boring, and his ghost writer cannot write to save his life. Skip this one.

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VcrRocker
Jul 04, 2014

Ace has some great rock stories - never knew he saw all the great bands in small halls - led zep, the who, Hendrix - complaint? The bok is about 3 chapters too short - more Ace please!!

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faroutdude
Jan 23, 2012

recently got to read ace's book(gene's written enough)as a big kiss fan since i was 15 it's refreshing to hear some of the stories from ace's perspective.
it seems though to not mention a lot of fun but mopre like it was a job after a while ...don't get me wrong i wasn't dissapointed as a matter of fact i found it a pretty good read .I'm glad that ace is sober and clean now as he was 1 of my inspirations as a guitarist myself..if you are afan you'll enjoy the book( i loved when he callled paul and gene WHORES!!!)i've been in bands and i know how it feels to be outvoted or not included and there are headaches in bands but you have to remember the good times also i just thought there could have a been a bit more fun tales than those that were drugged fueled..all in all great job ace and i hope you write more (or maybe peter will finally tell HIS story (that'd be the cats meow..p.s to you who wrote knights in satans service...you are a retard kiss was a name made up after the fact peter mentioned he was in a band called lips so paul stanley suggested kiss

rocknrollphilip Dec 27, 2011

The book makes no mention of the band's first Japanese concerts in March of 1977, nor is there any mention of Ace being pictured on the front cover of 1982's "Creatures of the Night", even though he didn't actually play on the record. Strange Ways, indeed!

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rvkinfobiz01
Dec 15, 2011

Many people recall the theatrics, makeup, costumes and stagecraft when thinking of KISS, but they don't consider the great musicianship the band members possessed. This is especially true for Ace Frehley who had the most successful solo album and solo career of all the KISS members including Gene Simmons! Long live Ace Frehley!

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LT
Dec 05, 2011

@22950006357453: More like silly men playing dress-up in the service of commerce.

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22950006357453
Dec 04, 2011

KNIGHTS IN SATANS SERVICE

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