BOOKS ABOUT OR CONCERNED WITH KISS

The books are arranged alphabetically, by author surname, and thus are not ranked in any particular order.

Atzori, Pierfrancesco - Musicalibro #20
[1983, Musicalibro] Italian biography and discography in Italian.

Augustine, Andre & Rogers, Mark - Guardian Of The Gods: An Inside Look at the Dangerous Business of Music
[1999, Monkey Boy Media] By KISS' former security manager with behind the scenes stories about various bands.

Berg, Ross - Music From The Elder: An Odyssey
[2005] Private Gene Simmons biography.

Bernstein, Fred A. - The Jewish Mother's Hall Of Fame
[1986, Dolphin Doubleday] While this is not technically a book about KISS, Chapter 19 is about Gene's mother Florence.

Criss, Lydia - Sealed With A KISS
[2006] Lydia was Peter's wife 1970-9 and knew him from 1966.

Dayton, Chip Rock - Outtakes
[1999, Studio Chikara] Photobook.

Duncan, Robert - KISS
[1978, Popular Library, USA] Also published as "The Savoy KISS of Death" (UK). One of the first KISS books published.

Elliott, Paul - Hotter Than Hell: The Stories Behind Every Song
[2002, Thunder's Mouth Press] Ummm, neither "Hotter Than Hell" or "The Stories Behind Every Song." However, it does include an interview.

Floren, Ingo - The 'Official' Price Guide to KISS Collectibles
[2004, House of Collectibles, USA] Another price guide, this time combining with some biography and material from the KISSFAQ.

Gebert, Gordon G. G. & McAdams, Bobby. - KISS & Tell
[1997, Pitbull Publishing] Ace's former "friends" dishes the dirt with some 'interesting' stories about Ace's personal and early life.

Gebert, Gordon G. G. - KISS & Tell II
[1999, Pitbull Publishing] More stories about Ace and KISS and hilarious Gebert fan mail

Gill, Julian - The KISS Album Focus [2002] Privately published 54 chapter chronological album-by-album history of the band. Limited edition private publication of 500 copies. All copies individually numbered, some with "Certificate Of Authenticity" and printed corrigendum.

Gill, Julian - The KISS Album Focus (Second Edition) [2002] Privately published slightly updated and reformatted second print run with 55 chapters. Limited edition private publication of 752 copies.

Gill, Julian - The KISS & Related Recordings Focus: Music! The Songs, The Demos, The Lyrics, And Stories! [2004] Privately published chronological recording history of the band. Limited availability from KISS Shop or KISS Museum...

Gill, Julian - Kings Of The Night Time World, 1972-82
The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume I
[2005] Book available in two privately published versions, softcover, and a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover. Updated version printed in 2008.

Gill, Julian - Hell Or High Water, 1983-96
The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume II
[2005] Book available as a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover

Gill, Julian - The KISS & Related Recordings Focus:
Music! The Songs, The Demos, The Lyrics, And Stories! (2nd Edition)
[2005] Book available as a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover

Gill, Julian - The Roar Of Greasepaint, 1997-2006
The KISS Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume III
[2006] Book available in two privately published versions, softcover, and a mass market illustrated edition, soft and hardcover.

Gill, Julian - The Other Side Of The Coin [2007] Collection of interviews and "out-takes" from the "KISS Album Focus" series.

Gill, Julian - Rock And Roll All Nite: The Music Of Kiss [2008] Retitled 3rd Edition of "KISS & Related Recordings Focus."

Gooch, Curt & Suhs, Jeff - Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
[2002, Billboard Books] The ultimate touring history of the hottest band in the world...

Gooch, Curt & Suhs, Jeff - Back On The Streets
[Unpublished] In limbo as of late-2006...

Guitar World Presents KISS
[1997, Hal Leonard] A collection of interviews from the magazine...

Heatley, Michael - KISS The Hottest Band In The World
[1997] Short book of most pictures from the UK.

Kinnaird, Bryan - Sean Delaney's Hell Box
[2004] Overly short version of the autobiography Sean Delaney had been working on.

KISS Music Life - Encyclopedia
[1977, Japan] This 150 page magazine/book is one of the most sought after collectibles. Issued in conjunction with the 1977 tour.

KISS Music Life Special
[1978, Japan] This 154 page magazine/book is one of the most sought after collectibles. Issued in conjunction with the 1978 tour.

KISS Rock Goods Collection
[2006] Japanese pictorial collectors book.

KISS, The Auction
[2001] A 190 page catalogue of some of the coolest KISS items ever seen from the Butterfields auction...

KISS, The Official Story 1972-80
[1981] The Dutch KISS Army time-line history of the band.

KISStory
[1995] The "official" word from Paul and Gene in 440 pages of heavy duty pictures. Autographed, but some early copies fell apart easily. So limited edition, it's still available...

KISStory II: Toys, Games, and Girls
[1999] Expensive, but more pictures than dialogue...

Leaf, David & Sharp, Ken - Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography
[2003, Warner Books] The incredible official biography.

Lendt, C.K. - KISS And Sell: The Making Of A Supergroup
[1997, Billboard Books] Excellent account of the fortunes of the band from an economic POV...

Lesniewski, John & Karen - KISS Collectibles Identification And Price Guide
[1993, Avon Books] New England KISS Collector Network's valient attempt at a guide to collectibles. Part of the "Confident Collector" series.

Levine, Barry - The KISS Years
[1999] Authorized product featuring tons of fotos. Includes bonus items such as an interview CD & Trading Card...

Moore, Wendy - Into The Void... With Ace Frehley
[2004, Pitbull Publishing] Another scoop of dirt, this time from one of Ace Frehley's former "companions."

Munoz, David - KISS
[1999] 120 page CD-sized book featuring biography, pictures and discography. Part of the "CD Rock" series. Published in Spanish and French.

Piccini, Paolo - KISS
[1987, Italy] Biography with pictures...

Reuter, Axel - The KISS Collector's Guide
[1998] German list of 'releases', including many bootleg and unofficial items.

Seymour, Nick - Shout It Out!
[1985, Sweden] Biography and discography...

Shannon, Thomas - Goldmine KISS Collectibles Price Guide
[2000] Collectible price guide.

Shannon, Thomas - Warman's KISS Collectible Field Guide
[2005, KP Books] Updated version of his previous collectible price guide in small format.

Sherman, Dale - Black Diamond
[1997] One of the best written books currently available. Updated version due in early 2009.

Sherman, Dale - Black Diamond 2
[1997] Tons of info in Audio, Video, and other releases including bootlegs.

Sherman, Dale - A World Without Heroes
[2000, MusicCare Online] Fictional story stemming from Dale's 1980's fanzine comics.

Conte, Robert - Shock Rockers: The Story Of Kiss
[2000, Studio Chikara] (ISBN: 189031398X) 48 pages...

Simmons, Gene - KISS And Makeup
[2001, Crown Publishing] Gene's autobiography ghost-written by Ben Greenman, editor of "The New Yorker"...

Simmons, Gene - KISS And Makeup
[2002, Three Rivers Press] paperback (ISBN: 0609810022) version of Gene's autobiography, with additional material, though still ghost-written by Ben Greenman, editor of "The New Yorker". Available with four different covers.

Simmons, Gene - Sex Money KISS
[2001, Simmons/New Millenium Books] Gene's philosophy and general outlook on life featuring plenty of his pet projects from decades past.

Simmons, Gene - Sex Money KISS
[2006, Simmons/Phoenix Books] Gene's philosophy and general outlook on life featuring plenty of his pet projects from decades past. This paperback version features updated/additional material.

Simmons, Gene - History of Prostitution: A Historical and Personal Perspective of the First and Oldest Profession
[Unpublished] Pending, as of late-2006...

Simmons, Gene & Stanley, Paul - The Early Years
[2002, Three Rivers Press] Featuring the photography of Waring Abbott with commentary by Gene and Paul.

Singer-Ferris, Vivian - KISSED
[1992, Mount Olympus Enterprises] Canadian fanclub compliation...

Singla, Joan - Authentica Biografia Illustrada
[1984] Spanish language biography...

St. Michael, Mick - KISS Live!
[1996, Omnibus Press] Short picture book that included a poster

Stevens, Joe - Revenge Is Sweet: An Illustrated Discography
[1996, Omnibus Press] All the information was available online at Alex Carranza's FAQ though it did include some cool photos.

Swenson, John - KISS: Headliners
[1978, Ace Books] Subtitled "The Greatest Show On Earth." Another of the early KISS books including over 70 picutures of the band...

Thomas, Dave & Holm, Anders - Still On Fire
[1988, England] Biography with colour pictures...

Tomarkin, Peggy - KISS: The Real Story
[1980] Official book including tour dates from the 1970s.

Tomarkin, Peggy - KISS: The Official Story
[1981] Chronology 1972-1980 written by KISS' then official biographer. Also distributed by the KISS Explorer Army (Holland).

Tweed, Shannon - KISS And Tell
[2006, Simmons/Phoenix Books] Shannon's autobiography co-written with Julie McCarron. Includes a foward by Gene and enough KISS related material to keep fans interested, apart from the obvious Playboy connections.

Villiegas, Renato - O Maior Espetaculo Da Terra
[1999, Brazil] (ISBN: 85-87193-05-8) 68 page picture book with Portugese text.

Virgin Modern Icons: KISS
[1997] Tiny mainly picture book with introduction by Sylvie Simmons

Zill, Didi - KISS: Fotographien Von Didi Zill
[2003] German coffee-table photo book. Text in German and English.