Sex Money Kiss Paperback – Jun 1 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
One of the points of the book was to really call into question the whole idea of marriage. Gene doesn't like it. He makes salient points that back up his view. Clearly, getting married according to Gene, is a costly move for guys. With over 50% of couples divorcing and with estates being split in half--Gene makes a point. One reviewer actually said that marriage is profitable because of two incomes. Amazing! Gene would say that upon either having children or getting divorced that situation may change and with a very high divorce rate in our country that will situation will change. I wish this reviewer well but feel that this person is living in a fools paradise.
This is a good book or audio book. I'd recommend audio because the author's voice evokes emotion that makes his point clear which is that there is no substitute for hard work or taking advantage of opportunities which are the keys to success. For this advice alone the book deserves attention as you can't get this advice enough.
I conclude by saying that Gene only asks that men fully think about marriage instead of leaping into the dark. What one person does is up to them but he urges people to really understand the financial ramifications of what they are getting into. This is good advice from a good book.
I didn't care for the packaging of the book. I thought the CD audio version seemed to have flimsy packaging but the book is so good I can overlook this matter.
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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... Read morePublished on June 29 2004
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 morePublished on April 19 2004 by Maxon Cox
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
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 morePublished on March 20 2004
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by JSwags
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2004
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??? Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Marc
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