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Sex Money Kiss Paperback – Jun 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books (June 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775021
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,145,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Audio CD
It seems to me that several reviewers miss the point of this book which is to make clear a life philosophy that gained Gene Simmons millions of dollars and brought him literally from rags to riches. End of story.
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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