By Paul Barrel
Nothin’ To Lose
Ken Sharp with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Wouldn’t it be awesome to time travel? You know, be able to go back in time to live or relive a certain event or moment in time. Or, to be a fly on the wall and be able witness the same event through someone else’s experience?
Author Ken Sharp is the closest thing we have to a time machine. He’s made his name writing amazing books about a moment in time. He is the author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy and Elvis: Vegas ’69 (about The King’s return to the stage) and others. He’s also a huge KISS fan and has worked with the band for years. In 2003, he and David Leaf authored the only authorized biography of the band (KISS: Behind the Mask). Now, he’s partnered with original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and spent the last several years to build what many will consider to be a definitive work covering the band’s formative years (1972-1975).
Sharp’s strength is his style. He lets the people who were involved tell the story. What you get with Nothin’ to Lose is a multi-perspective view of how KISS became the hottest band in the world. Included here is the story of the band’s first three years, as told by the four original members, managers (including the late Bill Aucoin), record execs (including the late Neil Bogart), agents, producers, road crew, friends, fans, peers and bands they played with and/or opened for along the way … many of whom they leap frogged over very quickly as they continued to drive towards superstardom.