Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss by Peter CrissFounding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss delivers a riveting and candid account of his incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ‘n roll success and excess.
LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ’n’ roll success and excess.
KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.
Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.
Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this.
Peter Criss - One For All interviews 2007
Makeup to Breakup is riveting and will have the reader instantly hooked. You have to feel it. Most of the greats didn't play by the book, they played from the heart. What makes his storytelling unique is that it stems from a place of mature self-awareness, and perhaps since it took Mr. Criss almost two decades to finally tell his tale, each anecdote benefits from a newfound perspective. Criss pours his heart out at every turn. As a result, even casual KISS fans—or anyone curious to learn more about this multifaceted music icon—will find themselves hanging on every word.
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In the classic period of KISS, the band was the biggest in the world, and had no shortage of hits ranging from ballads to hard rockers. Even beyond his life with KISS, he continued to persevere, facing many a struggle both in and out of the music industry. Makeup to Breakup follows Peter Criss throughout the course of his life, from a young child and teen growing up on the streets and in Catholic school, to his early formative years in the music industry with the band Chelsea, and his joining KISS and the subsequent rise to fame that he and his fellow bandmates experienced. Furthermore, the biography also chronicles his post-KISS exploits including his marriages, the ill-fated KISS reunion that failed to last, and even things that have happened since, including his legal battles, and a fight against cancer. Makeup to Breakup is, for the most part, a pretty straightforward read, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Criss goes in depth, giving his readers many details about his rise to fame and other parts of his life, and does not shy away from his feelings on issues, including fellow KISS members and the like.
Have you ever tasted the barrel of a. I got my first and hopefully last taste of one on January 17, , sitting on the floor of my debris-strewn bedroom in Los Angeles. Just twelve hours earlier I had been lying in bed, watching TV. It was around three A. Chandeliers rattling, traffic lights swaying. But this was different. The tremors started getting more frequent and I started to hear a rumbling noise, so I sat up in the bed and all of a sudden the whole place shook big-time and the TV flew off the dresser, tumbled down, and blew up.