Early KISStory Not All Flash Pots and Groupie Polaroids
|David Tan/Shinko Music Archives|
|New York City, March 1975|
"A storm of attitude, oversize ambition and plain old dumb luck," is how Sharp characterizes the rise of KISS. And that includes merchandising. The book points out that KISS has officially licensed more than 31,000 products raking in more than $500 million in fees alone.
Gene Simmons has even gone on record as saying once he and Stanley (the two original members left in the current lineup) retire, he envisions several versions of "KISS" continuing to tour and record.
After all, it seems that anyone can put on the black, white, and silver greasepaint and transform themselves into the Demon, the Spaceman, the Cat, and the Starman. And while today KISS as a phenomena has transcended their musical output, Nothin' to Lose is a fascinating -- if somewhat lengthy -- glimpse into the band's origin and development.
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