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Daniels, Neil
Live To Win (Book Review)
January 2017
Released: 2015, Indie
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Neil Daniels is building quite a little library of self-published books, especially these casual guides to various artists. Back in 2015 Daniels self-published his 7th title in the series, this time the spotlight is on the solo music of Paul Stanley. For the record, I was asked to contribute a comment to this book.

LIVE TO WIN is much like his other works in the series, it is a standard paperback, more along the lines of a print-on-demand. There are several black and white photos scattered across the book and there is a forward from a member of a band called the Meat Puppets. The book itself is quite short but has lots of extra features such as a discography, timeline, trivia, quotes and more. Daniels covers in thorough detail the creation of Paul Stanley’s two solo albums. After a brief introduction to Stanley’s history with Kiss, we get to read a fair number of stories from the musicians and people who helped create those solo albums. He also delves into some of the other stuff Stanley has done, his stint as playing ‘The Phantom’ in The Phantom Of The Opera in Toronto.

Overall, I think this book was perhaps a bit premature. Stanley only has two solo albums and it seemed like there was not that much to talk about. What was covered was covered very well but there really wasn’t enough ‘source’ material’ to stretch this into a whole book. As Daniels says, these are rough, casual guides and it is valuable to have someone cover these periods in Stanley’s life. My rating is a little on the low side as there really seemed to be a lots of filler, extra stuff and big white space to pad the book. LIVE TO WIN is cool and interesting but not altogether necessary unless you are a true, die-hard fan of Paul Stanley.
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