Gene Simmons, Read by , read by the author. New Millennium Audio/Simmons Audio $25 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59007-315-5

Exhibiting an "abiding faith in self" and an ability to think outside the traditional parameters of ethics, religion, rituals and social mores, rock legend and Kiss founding member Simmons (KISS and Make-Up) offers his no-holds-barred life philosophy. Presenting the book as "access to the American dream" of money and happiness and warning that what he says is only "food for thought" and that he'll be painting with wide strokes, Simmons recounts his rise from an immigrant boy who didn't speak English until his teens and paid for college buying and selling old comic books, to his current music, recording, acting and publishing successes. Narrated in a distinctive, deep voice and peppered with expletives and frequent interjections of the word "baby" for emphasis, Simmons touches on a range of topics, including investment advice, his brief stint as a teacher and behind-the-scenes Kiss business negotiations, which fans are especially sure to appreciate in audio format. Simmons's humor, perfectly suited in translation from prose, begins with his "salute" to modern women, who he contends are ultimately slaves to biology, and a funny explanation of why men can't be monogamous (because "women are from Mars; men have penis."). Simultaneous release with the New Millennium hardcover (Forecasts, May 19). (June)

Reviewed on: 08/04/2003
Release date: 06/01/2003
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 236 pages - 978-1-893224-86-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59007-417-6
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-1-932407-33-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-59777-072-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-59007-316-2
Hardcover - 978-1-59777-524-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-59007-418-3
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