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Finally, a Kiss Product That Makes Sense: An Oral History

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These days, older rockers are more concerned with filling up library shelves than record stores: Gregg Allman, Sammy Hagar, Steven Tyler, Pete Townshend, Morrissey, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, and Duff McKagan have all either released memoirs or have autobiographies in the works this past year. While publishers dream about a David Bowie autobiography, another band is entering the literary arena instead. Kiss' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have revealed plans to publish an oral history about the face-painted group's early years, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

The still-untitled book will cover Kiss' formation in 1973 to their monster 1975 album Alive!. So in essence, the first volume of Kisstory will cover two years of their nearly four decades of rock and rolling all night and partying every day. With that in mind, expect countless more oral histories in the future. Simmons and Stanley have merchandised everything from Kiss face paint to Kiss coffins to Kiss condoms, so an oral history is actually one of their saner cash grabs.

Guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, who played important roles during that era of Kiss but have since been exiled from the Knights in Satan's Service, will also contribute interviews to the book. Kriss actually has his own autobiography due out in 2012, in case anyone ever wondered what it was like to sport that silly "Catman" makeup for a decade.

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