Iconic Rock Band Launched a Larger-Than-Life Journey Through 40-Years of KISS, with Limited-Edition Book Of Rare Photography, standing 3 feet high by 2.5 feet wide and 2 inches thick, on August 21 at LA’s Viper Room; Unseen Photographs, The Real Story, Exclusive Material. The members of the legendary group unveiled the book on the intimate Viper Room stage as they answered questions from the reporters packing the room.
The KISS MONSTER BOOK offers a larger-than-life journey through 40-years of KISS with an intimate collection of 127 photographs by world-renowned rock photographers, including rare and never-before-seen images sourced from the band’s own archives. The massive book is a collector’s goldmine, with just 1,000 copies available and individually signed, dated and numbered by the four members of the current line-up. Printed in high-definition links by one of the world’s finest limited-edition and large format printers, each copy has been hand stitched-and-bound in Italy, by the same binder used by The Vatican.
Eleven different covers with matching signature pages have been produced, and anyone buying the book can choose their cover when they place their order. The pictures inside include unseen gems, old 35mm slides, famous moments and brand new pictures that bring the band right up-to-date. Coupled with the sheer size and quality of the images, this book is a photographic monument that chronicles the cultural phenomenon known as KISS. It’s an up-close-and-personal view of the most globally-recognized band in rock history, bringing the epic KISS experience alive.
KISS’ Paul Stanley comments: “This book is way beyond my expectations. The photos are incredible at this size. It’s not a coffee table book, it’s a coffee table!”
KISS has worked closely with the publishers, carefully choosing the best and rarest images to illustrate every decade of their glorious history. The photos selected for the KISS MONSTER BOOK capture the absolute essence of being in-and-around a KISS concert, with incredible work by some of the greatest rock photographers of all time, including Richard Aaron, Fin Costello, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Tom Hill, Steve Jennings,Andrew Kent, Barry Levine, Eric McKenna, Evan Mover, Michael Putland, Denis O’Regan, Chip Rock, Al Soluri, Mark Sullivan, Mark Weiss and Neil Zlozower. The result is an explosion of giant photographs showing KISS alive, with a stunning recreation of the KISS live experience that leaves you with the smell of pyrotechnics in your nostrils, the sound of the music in your ears, and a sense of danger in your belly. Many of the close-up photographs are literally the closest any fan could ever get to their rock heroes without an All-Access pass. The KISS MONSTER BOOK is the ultimate rock book experience.
KISS is massively influential on a global platform. The band is widely acclaimed for their elaborate live performances, which includes face paint, flamboyant stage outfits, fire-breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars and pyrotechnics. Formed in NY in the early 1970’s, KISS has broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis and is America’s #1 Gold Record Award-winning group of all-time (RIAA certified). The band’s KISSOLOGY Volume I, Volume II and Volume III have sold an amazing 20 times platinum in just North America alone. The band has sold more than 40 million albums U.S.; 20 million RIAA certified, and worldwide sales exceeding 100 million. KISS is currently on tour.
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Photos by: Ani Yapundzhyan