For someone who did not grow up a KISS fan, the “Encyclopedia of KISS: Music, Personnel, Events and Related Subjects” by Brett Weiss (McFarland) is a really fun reference. For instance, I did not know that Ace Frehley’s nickname in the mid-to-late ’60s was Punky or that there was a KISS transistor portable radio on the market in 1977 (I shouldn’t be surprised by this but the radio looks like it would’ve been a pretty cool thing to carry around in a 1970’s high school).
The encyclopedia might work for KISS die-hards, too. The human brain can’t remember everything. Does the most hardcore KISS fan know just off the top of their head the details of Guitar World’s special KISS issue or who on earth Vinnie Toro is? Maybe they do but this reference book is worth the challenge.
The author Weiss is a lifelong KISS fanatic and his large softcover book details everything from songs, albums, tours, television and movie appearances to merch, solo music, tidbits, acquaintances and obscurities.
If you don’t want to search Amazon or the Barnes & Noble shelves for this title, it can be purchased at www.mcfarlandpub.com or by calling 1-800-253-2187