Kiss at 50 (Hardcover)

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Kiss at 50 (Hardcover)


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With this beautifully produced book, relive the extraordinary history of the of the hottest band in the land through 50 milestone events.

Formed in New York City in 1973, Kiss became one of the most popular and best-selling bands in rock history with their inventive stage presence and heavy, hook-filled catalog, both ideally suited for packing hockey arenas and football stadiums. This richly illustrated book from prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band on the occasion of their 50th anniversary by curating and examining the 50 most significant milestones. This exquisite volume features:

  • Sturdy hardcover format
  • Stunning concert and candid offstage photography, much of it never before published
  • Images of memorabilia, including gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, ticket stubs, and more
  • Gatefold Kiss timeline

Popoff covers everything down through the decades:

  • The band’s formation on the New York club scene
  • Their fortuitous signing to the Casablanca label
  • Infamous TV appearances, including Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
  • The formation of the famous Kiss Army fan club
  • Mega tours undertaken in support of the LPs
  • Interband conflicts and personnel changes
  • The band’s 1980s “unmasking”
  • Innovative marketing such as comic books and the Kiss Convention
  • And, of course, each of the landmark studio LPs

The result is an epic tribute to one of the most influential and admired bands in rock history—in a milestone year.

Working out of Toronto, Canada, Martin Popoff ( has penned more than 100 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Rush: The Illustrated History, Led Zeppelin: Song by Song, Pink Floyd: Album by Album, Bowie at 75, AC/DC at 50, Kiss at 50, and In the Groove. In addition, he has appeared in Revolver, Guitar WorldGoldmineRecordCollector,,, and Martin also worked on the award-winning documentaries Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas for Banger Films.

Product Details ISBN: 9780760381823
ISBN-10: 0760381828
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: At 50
"...gets into the nitty gritty detail that a card-carrying member of the KISS Army can appreciate...what makes Popoff’s writing a bit refreshingly different here is that he seems to give voice to many varied and common opinions of fans about both the high and low points of KISStory."Houston Press

"All the important stand out moments are covered here, making this a welcoming engagement for KISS fans to see how one of their own, found in Martin Popoff, offers explanations, and gets critical in his case studies."Spill Magazine

"I would be remiss not to discuss how gorgeous this book wanted the best, you got the best. Popoff and Motorbooks combine forces for a fine tribute to the hottest band in the land."