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(US: Createspace, 2016; 245 pages, PB. ISBN: 978-1532732911)
As “Spaceman” Ace Frehley became one of rock's most revered and entertaining guitarists with KISS from their formation in 1973 to his departure in 1982 plus his reunion with the band in 1996 until 2002. Frehley has also had a successful solo career with his own band Frehley's Comet and under his own name. It is widely thought that his 1978 debut solo album is the best of the original KISS self-titled solo albums. His solo career is the most high profile of all the musicians that have performed in KISS.
This is not specifically a book on KISS but of course references to the band are plentiful. The first part of the book offers a potted history of Spaceman’s career from his upbringing and musical tastes and influences to the formation of his earlier bands and first meeting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. In the second half of this book you’ll find a wealth of information on Frehley, from a timeline of important events and releases, to a discography, trivia, reviews, influences and words from the man himself as well as some thoughts on his music from fellow rock scribes. It’s a handy little book that will sit comfortably on the bookshelf next to fellow books on other world class rock guitarists.
From the author of books on Paul Stanley, Richie Sambora, Brian May and Joe Perry, Space Invader celebrates Frehley’s musical legacy. Also included are previously unseen live photographs of this awesome American guitar rock icon.
Space Invader is essential reading for KISS and Ace Frehley fans.