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Sex Money Kiss [Paperback]

Gene Simmons
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June 1 2006 Gene Simmons Family Jewels
"Let's face it, just because I stick out my tongue a lot and spit fire doesn't mean I have any qualifications to advise anyone on relationship, money or career issues. I don't. Yet I've lived with a beautiful woman for twenty years with never a cross word between us, in a relationship based on honesty and full disclosure. I've amassed a fortune--and "expert business people" work for me. And for three decades I've been in KISS--a band that has scaled the heights and broken every possible record, from album sales to touring to merchandising and licensing. What I have and have always had (thanks in full to my mother's wisdom) is an abiding faith in me. Call it a "life philosophy": a philosophy about money (mine!) and happiness (mine again). It works for me. It can work for you!

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The legendary lothario of the rock band Kiss believes that the most important things in life are money, sex and more money-and he repeats variations on this theme in this highly entertaining book, which that covers much of the same autobiographical ground as his successful KISS and Make-Up, albeit with a different slant. Simmons readily admits that "just because I stick out my tongue a lot and spit fire doesn't mean I have any qualifications to advise anyone on relationship, money or career issues." What he does have is a highly successful rock band and, apparently, a highly developed ego, and he uses both to present a philosophy of work that is rooted, some would say ironically, in traditional Puritan virtues-work hard, save your money, don't smoke, don't drink, don't get high, equate time with money and know that being rich is better than being poor. His example of a successful man is his equally hard-working Kiss partner Paul Stanley; as in his first book, Simmons trashes the bad habits of his other bandmates. His view of the sexes, however, is Neanderthal: the "power of women is completely based on whether she can attract a man, biologically speaking," while "the power of man is in achieving wealth and `killing things' so we can come back to the cave with a big piece of meat over our shoulder." This belief translates into Simmons's main financial advice: "The worst thing a man can do, financially and biologically speaking, is to get married." His messages are bound to resonate with the book's prime target audience: not-so-young professional guys. 24 pages of color photos; b&w photos throughout.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gene Simmons was born a very poor Chaim Witz in Israel in 1949, and immigrated with his divorced mother to Brooklyn in 1958. Thrilled by comic books, The Ed Sullivan Show, and rock and roll, Simmons ultimately decided that people crave great rock and roll music and a great theatrical show. People crave excitement and escape from their everyday lives. This inspiration led Simmons to create the most enduring sound in rock music history.

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1.0 out of 5 stars What a Crap!!! Jan. 16 2004
By Marc
Eat less? Why does he have fat kids!? Spend less, save your money?? Why is Kiss releasing all kinds of Greatest Hits albums over and over again??? Do we really need a Kiss lunchbox? Do we really need a Kiss corpsebox!? NO, save your money and get rich!!! Stop with your farewell tour that lasts for ages. After reading your book we all start saving our money, no one will come to your shows anymore. Stop being the oldest clown alive!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Was Made For Bilking You, Baby! March 13 2004
Your financial advise ain't worth a deuce!
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3.0 out of 5 stars P.T. Barnum lives! May 26 2003
As a follow up to his bestseller, Kiss and Makeup, this book offers very little in the way of "new" information. It is mainly typical Gene Simmons reiterating his thoughts on, naturally, sex, money and Kiss. In fact, his views and opinions on women and relationships, though veiled in a pose of pragmatism, reveal a sense of paranoia that is more than a little unbecoming in such an accomplished man. He continues to pat himself on the back for his accomplishments (yawn) and, thankfully, devotes an entire page of text to appreciation for his partner in crime, Paul Stanley, whose accomplishments have often been overlooked admist the din of Simmons' carnival barking. Of his other bandmates, Simmons is often dismissive of their contribution and seems to be making another buck from exploiting their personal choices and mistakes. In these respects, Sex Money Kiss is no different - truly - than his last book. He continues to maximize on his ability to sell anything with the Kiss logo attached and makes no apologies for this, a trait which may or may not be admirable, depending on how often you've heard his dramatic manifesto regarding the importance of money. He willingly subscribes to the notion that there's a sucker born every minute. And in all honesty, when I thumbed through the book, I was not interested in buying a copy at all - even as a Kiss fan - until I found that I was holding a limited edition autographed copy.
Having said all this, I can say that the book has value for anyone seeking to understand a method for maintaining some sense of financial success while reaching for their dream, be it rock stardom, weekend gardener, the acquisition of wealth or whatever.
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By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Sex Money Kiss (2006) is Gene Simmons 'second book, KISS And Make-Up (2002) being the first. Gene's first book was an autobiography, this second book Sex Money Kiss focuses more on Gene's numerous and diverse business ventures and is also on the side a 'self-help' book. This shows more of the businessman and entrepreneur side of Gene Simmons. He lists the KISS merchandising fans all know very well but there's much more like the artists he managed his record company, Simmons Records, Simmons Books, Indy Racing, his TV shows, his magazines, comic books, and lists some future projects he would like to see the day (KISS shoes and toilet paper for instance) and more. I didn't know Gene had so many business ventures in fact. There's also of course the band KISS which he's been a part of for over 35 years and Gene also writes about his acting in movies he starred in during the 1980's. I was pleased to see a full page dedicated to his bandmate Paul Stanley the one he calls his brother, which was a nice addition and there also some nice pictures throughout the book. If there is one simple way to describe the book Sex, Money, Kiss is basically Gene being Gene sharing his thoughts, ideas, projects and philosophies.

Early on, Simmons still goes into details in his life as his childhood in Haifa, coming to America, making it big with KISS but that's mostly as a short introduction and then he moves on to the purposes of the books: being a self-help guide and offer a look at the entrepreneur that Simmons is. Simmons often references different periods of his life when he tries to make a point or offer an example whenever he thinks applies and generally they apply to the situation really well. He draws from personal experience to demonstrate this and that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book June 30 2004
By A Customer
Gene Simmons is many things--celebrity, entertainer, singer,songwriter, bass player, producer, actor and owner of a 7 inch tongue, yet since the 90's Gene Simmons has certainly showed his muscles as a great business man and a hands-on person who will take the bull by the horns to get the job down and fulfill his american dreams. All on his own, he's published his 1st book KISSTORY & did official KISS conventions all on his own, worked out the red tape with Ace & Peter to do the KISS reunion, and many other marketing avenues like 100's of KISS collectibles, his own magazine TONGUE, cartoon show MY DAD THE ROCKSTAR and put out a new solo cd...Basicly, this is the sister book to KISS & MAKE-UP...where K&MU was an autobiography, SEX, $, KISS is his story of how he lives by his own rules--wheather it's dealing with his relationships with women, his do-it-yourself additude to make money and fulfill his dreams and how he turned KISS (again!) into a multimillion corporation by managing the Band himself since the early 1990's. I like how Gene is so self this book, he explains how he rolls up his sleeves, researches how to produce, market & distribute many things like books, conventions, band member contracts and the such and how it can pay off in the end and how by reading the book, can utilize his advice to reach your goals for as much $$$ you can get out of a job or product..nice touches in the book are his sample drawings of works in process that have succeeded like his magazine, selling his own line of bass guitars and comic books and some that haven't--or haven't yet--like KISS sneakers and,yes, KISS toilet paper!!...the part about his views on woman & marriage is blunt, yet truthful in some instances and is very entertaining and humorous... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars GENE DOES IT AGAIN!
Gene Simmons does it again, with his second book: SEX MONEY KISS. He has written another great piece of work! Plus, his philosophy is now accessible to the public! Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Maxon Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Financial Advisor
There's something almost heroic about Gene's single-minded ability to gouge as much money from his fans as possible.
But the results don't lie. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Rock Quarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much to understand but a lot to get...
Ok, here's the deal with this book (and his other "Kiss and Make-Up"): his philosophy is based on a typical I-was-poor-as-a-child-and-now-i'm-rich approach. Read more
Published on March 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars ACCEPT IT AND ENJOY IT FOR WHAT IT IS.....
I enjoyed the book quite a bit because I bought it with the mindset of reading something fun and entertaining, which Gene Simmons usually is. So therefore, I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars Money, just money
Gene is a money gruber much like myself, he makes good points of common sense. this is a good book to lite a fire under your... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Ego-Thy Name is Gene $immons
After reading "Sex Money Kiss" it is obvious that Gene Simmons enjoyed writing this book even more than his autobiography "Kiss and Make-Up. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by M. McClellan
2.0 out of 5 stars NO BASIS IN REALITY
Good advice but most of it not realistic. Example; Work 7 days a week and don't take vacations till you're wealthy. If you do take vacations, you're loser. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Don
2.0 out of 5 stars Financial "How-to" made very simple
A sort of "how-to" book, written in the larger-than-life, laughably shamelessly self-agrandizing Gene Simmons way familiar to anyone who's seen him on TV. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by ensiform
4.0 out of 5 stars Gene, I love your fire breathing work.....however !!
Once again, the larger than life. co-founder of supergroup KISS has delivered another "straight between the eyes" literary blow that will tickle some people's funny bone, anger... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by P. Ferrigno
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