An excerpt from original KISS drummer Peter Criss‘ upcoming memoir, “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss”, can be found at RollingStone.com.
“Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss” will be released on October 23 via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. A 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.”
An excerpt from the book’s first chapter can be found at Amazon.com.
Criss wrote the 320-page hardcover book with the help of Larry “Ratso” Sloman.
When Criss was inducted on January 14 as part of the latest Drum Legend class during the grand finals of Guitar Center‘s annual Drum-Off at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California, he told Artisan News about his upcoming book (see video below), “You’ll enjoy it. It’s about my life. It’s not about just… Of course, it’s about drugs, sex and rock and roll. But it’s about my parents, my growing up, getting through Brooklyn, going through gangs, getting into drugs, getting out of them, getting through cancer. I’m four years free of cancer now, so that’s why I’ve got my pink shoelaces on. I’m doing great.”
In a press release issued last year, Criss said, “I am so blessed that I am finally going to write my autobiography, and I hope you enjoy the ride. 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.”
Criss will has scheduled the following signing events for “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss”:
Barnes & Noble
555 Fifth Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY
211 E. RIDGEWOOD AVE
Barnes & Noble
Monmouth Mall, 180 Route 35
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Days Of The Dead Convention
50 N. Martingale Road
While some men feel embarrassed because of “this macho crap,” Criss told CNN surviving breast cancer was actually a blessing. He was treated before the tumor could spread and said he was speaking about male breast cancer to raise the profile of this rare disease.
Criss, who played drums for KISS and was known as “Catman,” offered this advice to men who spot lumps in their breast: “Don’t sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don’t say ‘It’s going to go away.’ It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is.”
Criss, who is currently working on a new rock album, told Reuters his bout with cancer had affected his songwriting.
“My lyrics are not so deep and dismal,” he said. One of the tracks on the album, expected next year, is called “Hard Rock Knockers”.
Photo courtesy of PeterCriss.net