KISS guitarist Ace Frehley publishes his memoirs, No Regrets, on November 1. Frehley has lived a colorful life, no doubt, and his book publishers have now posted a taster of what is to come in the book.
Here are a few choice quotes:
“When I was a kid I used to carry around this awful image in my head – a picture of three men tangled awkwardly in high-tension wires, fifty feet in the air, their lifeless bodies crisping in the midday sun.”
“There was always a little bit of mystery surrounding my dad, things he never shared; nooks and crannies of his past were always a taboo subject. He married late, started a family late, and settled into a comfortable domestic and professional routine. Every so often, though, there were glimpses of a different man, a different life.”
“In the beginning, I enjoyed school and team sports, but as I got older, my social life and music began taking precedence over my studies. I remember coming home with B’s, C’s, and D’s on my report card and hearing my parents complain… I’d just throw up my hands. Between bands and girlfriends, who had time to study?
“Much later, it was the same sort of ‘I told you so’ attitude that would compel me to challenge the other guys in KISS to an IQ test. Just for the record, I scored highest: 163, which is considered ‘genius.’”
“One day, by chance, I picked up my friend’s new electric guitar and checked it out. I plugged it in, turned the amp up to 10, and strummed a power chord. I immediately fell in love. It was a life-changing event! I was only 12, but I was totally hooked.”
And “…The rock ’n’ roll would soon follow.”
That’s just the first chapter. Read more about Ace Frehley’s No Regrets.