Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) – Ken Sharp, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

Having just read three Kiss books I was unsure what I could possibly gain by reading this book but I have to say I really enjoyed it. I was attracted by its size and the short timespan it was covering. Overall however the pace we really good. There was one point before it moved on to the making of the second album where I got bored of all the touring comments however in general there was great insight into this crucial period for the band and their label Casablanca. The book is based on interviews of those involved and it gave a great insight. It is well worth the read. There is no way a band like Kiss could have made it today and it makes you wonder what great bands the world has missed because of this situation. On the other hand perhaps bands being able to finance themselves has also allowed them to survive. I suspect survive is the key word though. There are few bands with the rewards bands in the 70’s could achieve.