By Peter Criss
LEGENDARY founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived a big existence in song, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social golf equipment of recent York urban to the final word heights of rock ’n’ roll luck and extra.
KISS shaped in 1973 and broke new flooring with their problematic make-up, reside theatrics, and robust sound. The band emerged as some of the most iconic difficult rock acts in song background. Peter Criss, the Catman, used to be the pulse of the gang. From an increased perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a different vantage element at the maximum rock express of all time, with the KISS military on reflection at him evening after evening.
Peter Criscuola had come some distance from the selfmade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a child growing to be up in Brooklyn within the fifties. He persisted lean years, highway violence, and the rollercoaster song scene of the sixties, yet he constantly knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening trip from the pledge to his ma that he’d someday play Madison sq. backyard to doing simply that. He conquered the rock world—composing and making a song his band’s all-time greatest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he additionally confronted the perils of stardom and his personal mortality, together with drug abuse, remedy in 1982, near-suicides, damaged marriages, and a hard-won conflict with breast melanoma.
Criss opens up with a degree of honesty and emotion formerly unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of 1 of rock’s such a lot iconic figures, and the significance of religion and relatives. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled again and again, yet by no means rather like this.
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I always got an A+ in that. I know I was deterred from wanting to learn by my fear of the nuns. It was definitely the old fire-and-brimstone shit in my Catholic school. You jerk off, you go blind. You must never touch yourself. They even tried to destroy my love of music. I was different: I had art and music in my blood. I’d walk home on my lunch break no matter what the weather was and play drums on my mom’s pots and pans, listening to the radio. I even joined the drum corps at school but, being me, I was showing off to the guys when the drum teacher was standing there, and he threw me out.
And I was cozy under the covers when I feel a little tremor. I’d been through quite a few “shakers” in California. Chandeliers rattling, traffic lights swaying. But this was different. The tremors started getting more frequent and I started to hear a rumbling noise, so I sat up in the bed and all of a sudden the whole place shook big-time and the TV flew off the dresser, tumbled down, and blew up. ” Turned out this was the beginning of the Northridge earthquake, a massive catastrophe that killed thirty-three people and injured more than eighty-seven hundred.
Stealing cars, robbing stores, assassinating people. But my best friend Jerry Nolan and I weren’t socio-paths. We certainly didn’t want to die. And by then, both of us had found something to beat on besides other people’s heads. We both had drum sets, and we both saw music as the antidote to these mean streets. And as usual, my mother was right there, steering my moral compass. ” she’d lecture me. “Does your friend Louie play drums? How about Peter Cudereski? No. The only person you know who plays drums is Jerry.