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Peter Criss of KISS to publish memoir

Kiss_walkoffame KISS drummer Peter Criss will pen a memoir, publisher Scribner announced Tuesday. "Makeup to Breakup" is slated for release in the fall of 2012.

Criss will write the book with the help of Larry "Ratso" Sloman. Scribner's press release promises, "From sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll to multiple brushes with death, 'Makeup to Breakup' will be Peter Criss' unvarnished and eye-opening life story."

While bandmate Gene Simmons has taken his outsize personality to reality television, Criss has had a quieter public persona. He is a breast cancer survivor. "I am so blessed that I am finally going to write my autobiography, and I hope you enjoy the ride," Criss said in the release. "The best of all is I get to share my true feelings of my love for God, family, friends and fame. It's been a wonderful life."

In addition to playing drums in KISS, Criss provided some of the vocals. In fact, he wrote and sang the band's biggest hit, the ballad "Beth."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: The rock band KISS recieves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. Peter Criss is third from left. Credit: Vince Bucci / Associated Press.

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They've been around for so long! I just saw them mentioned on a Saturday Night Live skit with John Belushi and all the old gang.

Dear Peter,
I think you are the most wonderful writer of music, besides Peter Frampton, and of course Steve Perry. Genes o.k. after all he did help me study
while I was in school and he was out being a doctor and playing music.
I am sorry my 2 wonderful sons did not get to meet you. Maybe some day my grandson will.
Thank you,

Wow, Peters book. He claimed he was writing one, or to be more accurate was thinking of getting someone to ghostwrite it back in 1989 about the time of Hot in the shade. He`s been claiming this for years.
Ill be amazed if theres any truth in it at all. And you can bet his biased version will certyainly be at odds with Gene and Pauls clearer version of the past.
Peter Criss: Always the victim, may be a better title.
He was always the weak link in Kiss and not a ounce of talent or charm or personality compared to Eric Carr or Eric Singer.
The original is in this case not the best.

Actually, I Was Made For Lovin' You was their biggest hit, but without BE TH the band KISS would have been a one hit wonder. Without Peter the band would have died after the smash hit album ALIVE! because their next album DESTROYER didn't start to sell until BETH was released as a single. Sorry Liam, but if Singer or Carr were in the band at the time we wouldn't be talking about KISS to this day.


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