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Kiss to Release ‘Nothing to Lose’ Book Detailing Their Early Years

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Since we have Kiss coffins and condoms, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be blessed with a Kiss oral history, right? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are partnering with rock scribe Ken Sharp for the summer 2012 release of ‘Nothin’ to Lose,’ an oral history of the band’s formative years.

‘Nothin’ to Lose,’ which takes its title from the band’s 1974 song of the same name, will trace the band’s career from their humble 1973 start through the 1975 release of the breakthrough concert document ‘Alive.’

Drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, who were both important parts of the band’s original classic lineup, will be interviewed for the book as well. Other rockers will be featured, along with never-before-published photos. Clear off some space on the coffee table, because true Kiss fans will want to own this book.

Denise Oswald, editor at IT Books, who is releasing this title, told THR that Kiss’ status as “one of the most beloved and influential hard rock bands of the last 40 years” is the reason that the need for a book like this exists. She said, “What is particularly fascinating about this project is about how the band got off the ground, how they came up with the concept of who they were that so defined them and captured the love and imagination of all of their fans.”

Frehley also recently announced that he’d be releasing his own book, ‘No Regrets,’ in November. Not to be outdone by his ex-bandmates, rhythm keeper Criss has hopped on the rock ‘n’ roll memoir train and is releasing his own tome in 2012. Clearly, 2012 is shaping up to be a literary year for the Kiss crew, past and present.

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