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About the Author
Gene Simmons is the co-founder of KISS–America's #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group Of All Time, In All Categories (RIAA), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees since 2014, and 45 years strong as one of rock’s most influential bands. With KISS, Simmons has recorded 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide, and the band continues to sell out stadium tours today. Simmons is also a bestselling author, boasting New York Times bestsellers Me, Inc. and On Power among others, and has founded a number of hugely successful businesses, including the restaurant chain Rock & Brews.
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Simmons is a beautiful writer and the tone, melody and meter of the book (rock n') rolled along in a highly engaging manner as it related to recognizing that the terrible and unfathomably painful malady from which it's characters (Winehouse, Morrison et al) suffered is an actual medical BRAIN disorder and not a reflection of weak moral fortitude or character. I also enjoyed reading his son's interview with a renowned neuroscientist (great job Nick!) One aside: Simmons states,
The book provides information and praise for artists for their craft and achievements rather than concentrating on their demise. It covers many people such as Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison & Kurt Cobain. It not very in-depth because of the size of the book, but it's a bit informative.
Gene really has shown empathy and a better understanding of people that suffer from substance abuse, physical pain & mental illness. He used to be very vocal not to complain about fame, however, with him researching such individuals as the subject matter for this book, shows he now has a change of heart.
Gene is a scholar and writes well. While interjecting his opinion here and there, he provides mainly information on the artists using many resources, which are footnoted throughout the book dismissing any doubts of total bias while discussing his subjects.
With KISS claiming to really be heading out on a final farewell tour, Gene certainly could become an avid author after retiring being the Demon of rock n roll.