Publisher: Backbeat Books
Author: James Campion
How does an underground oddity become a cultural phenomenon?
For over 40 years, the rock band Kiss has galvanized the entertainment world with an unparalleled blitz of bravado, theatricality, and shameless merchandizing, garnering generations of loyally rabid fans. But if not for a few crucial months in late 1975 and early 1976, Kiss may have ended up nothing more than a footnote.
Shout It Out Loud is a serious examination of the circumstance and serendipity that fused the creation of the band's seminal work, Destroyer – including the band's arduous ascent to the unexpected smash hit, Alive!, the ensuing lawsuits between its management and its label, the pursuit of the hot, young producer, a grueling musical “boot camp,” the wildly creative studio abandon, the origins behind an iconic cover, the era's most outlandish tour, and the unlikely string of hit singles.
Extensive research from the period and insights into each song are enhanced by hundreds of archived materials and dozens of interviews surrounding the mid-'70s-era Kiss and its zeitgeist. New interviews with major principals in the making of an outrageously imaginative rock classic animate this engaging tale.
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“Campion's recounting of the Destroyer days...is rich and multi-voiced...Campion takes care to separate KISS as 'The Act' (his term) in image and career path to fame and fortune from the musical development of Destroyer, though they were always kissin' cousins. 'Destroyer is the indisputable KISS mission statement – the realization of a dream,' he writes in the book's foreword. '[It] is '70s rock: loud, yes, and decadent, you bet, but mostly it is pompous, weird, and fantastical...It is a cartoon fantasy's parody of excess.' And with Shout It Out Loud, current and former soldiers in the KISS Army can find out all they care to on the making of their masterpiece.” – Houston Press
“Every song is described in microscopic detail, from the lyrics to the chord changes to how the sound was produced at the Record Plant, New York. The complex chord changes and unusual time signatures would appear from the book to be down to classically-trained Ezrin who took the band through a music theory boot camp before recordings started. Ace Frehley disappeared during recordings and the story is told of how guitar slinger for hire Dick Wagner was brought in to a nearby hotel, waiting to be called into the studio. He eventually was and appeared (but uncredited) on four tracks!” – Fireworks Magazine
“Shout It Out Loud: The Story of KISS's Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon is recommended for heavy metal music fans in general and KISS fans in particular, and considers how the band's hallmark work Destroyer was created and how it led to them becoming an unprecedented success. Songs are analyzed, archived materials and interviews surrounding the band members and their productions are utilized, and new interviews with those involved in the group and its albums round out information that focuses on how the group's best achievement helped recreate the heart and soul of the 70s rock world. At once a memoir, a history, and a survey of Kiss' achievements, this analysis will delight any interested in the band.” – California Bookwatch
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