With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.
Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley
Face the Music - A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley is the autobiography of the co-founding member of the rock band KISS. It is a very gripping and gritty account of his life from growing up in the 1950s and 60s being abused and bullied to being the frontman of one of the most popular and successful rock and roll bands in history.
I personally am not a huge KISS fan and chose to read the book out of some curiosity, and boredom to be honest. I'm very glad I did because it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a very long time and would easily put it on my top 10 favorites list. I also found the book very inspirational, which is really the last thing one would expect reading an autobiography of a rock star that wears make up and has a reputation of womanizing. I was surprised to learn that Paul Stanley was born with a medical condition and deformity called microtia which rendered him no right ear and deaf on that side. Growing up he was constantly laughed at, bullied, and made fun of because of it. It wasn't until his latter teen years that he was able to grow his hair long to cover it up because his parents were strictly against long hair, so he endured a reclusive lonely childhood and found solace in music, and the rest is history... literally.
Surprisingly, it was through landing the lead in the Broadway play Phantom of the Opera that helped him to begin to find peace with himself and his physical and psychological scarring, which helped drive home his constant mentioning that money does not buy happiness. Enduring many setbacks in his career as well as all too often violent confrontations with bandmates over their substance abuse problems it was almost one man's struggle to keep a music and business empire going, and it was through his faith that he endured and is still going 40+ years later.
Stanley's quote at the beginning of the book of "Everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I'm sharing it" rang all too true, and that is why I am recommending it. Check it out and give it a shot, you might be as surprised as I was.
If Face the Music interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.