• Tue. May 21st, 2024
Makeup to Breakup is the autobiography from classic KISS drummer Peter Criss.
Makeup to Breakup is the autobiography from classic KISS drummer Peter Criss.



In the classic period of KISS, the band was the biggest in the world, and had no shortage of hits ranging from ballads to hard rockers. But it was their drummer, Peter “The Catman” Criss, that sang on the legendary ballad “Beth,” one of their landmark hits that became a classic for the ages. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley may be the public face of KISS everyone seems to remember and recognize, but Criss’ contributions to the band were invaluable and resulted in many a classic hit. Even beyond his life with KISS, he continued to persevere, facing many a struggle both in and out of the music industry. Makeup to Breakup is Criss’ official autobiography, co-written by Larry “Ratso” Sloman.

Makeup to Breakup follows Peter Criss throughout the course of his life, from a young child and teen growing up on the streets and in Catholic school, to his early formative years in the music industry with the band Chelsea, and his joining KISS and the subsequent rise to fame that he and his fellow bandmates experienced. Furthermore, the biography also chronicles his post-KISS exploits including his marriages, the ill-fated KISS reunion that failed to last, and even things that have happened since, including his legal battles, and a fight against cancer.

Makeup to Breakup is, for the most part, a pretty straightforward read, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Criss goes in depth, giving his readers many details about his rise to fame and other parts of his life, and does not shy away from his feelings on issues, including fellow KISS members and the like. The book succeeds because it is more than just a rock and roll biography, going out of the way to deliver facts and details about one of the longest and most illustrious careers in rock and roll, from the good to the bad alike.

Some of the eras this KISS fan was most curious about were those that occurred following Criss leaving KISS in the early 1980s, up through the time of the reunion in the mid 1990s, which only lasted a few years. You see some interesting stories from this period, from personal drama to his attempts to reenter the musical world, many of which failed to garner the deserved attention. Criss leaves no stone unturned and his life story is all the better because of it.

KISS fans have no shortage of books to choose from, from multiple people involved with the band, and Peter Criss’ one of the many. The book is well written and straightforward, and accomplishes all it sets out to do. Makeup to Breakup comes strongly recommended to any KISS/Peter Criss fan.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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