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THE LEGENDARY GUITAR GOD WHO EXCEEDED ALL LIMITS AND LIVED TO TELL TAKES FANS ON A WILD RIDE THROUGH KISSTORY.

He was just a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. But when he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley transformed into “The Spaceman”—and helped turn KISS into one of the top-selling bands of all time. N
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by VH1 Books (first published April 2011)
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Greg
Ace Frehley's memoir is for Kiss & Ace Frehley fans only. I can't imagine anyone who isn't a fan being interested in all his anecdotes of sex, drugs & rock 'n roll. We all knew Gene Simmons is an asshole who sold his soul for the money. We all knew Ace had a serious drinking problem and has since found sobriety. But what is interesting is when he writes about his creative process, and the music he created with the band, especially about his 1978 solo album. Also interesting was how Gene ...more
Nycdreamin
Three grades for this one...resulting in an overall grade of 4 stars.

#1: As A Member Of The General Public.
Say you're NOT a mega-Kiss fan, not a member of the millions-strong Kiss Army. You do like to rock and roll all night and party every day...occasionally. You might even know who Ace Frehley is but you haven't followed his career very closely. You know he was the cool guy from Kiss with the smoking, rocket-shooting guitar but you didn't even know he had a book coming out. But yet, there it i
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Liam
I almost didn't bother with this one. I was never really a KISS fan, although I did have friends who were. When they played their reunion show at the now sadly demolished (I'm not even going to start on that evil son of a bitch Mike Ilitch) Tiger Stadium in 1996, a lot of my friends & acquaintances were there, but not me- the Sex Pistols were playing about half a mile away at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit that same night, and for me that was the most obvious no-brainer choice ever. Of course I ...more
Dutch
Ok here's the thing.. I love Ace Frehley. So no book he writes is going to change my opinion of him. As far as I'm concerned, he got the crappy end of the deal with a band he really didn't want to be in from the beginning. But this book review is about his book, not my love for Ace. So here goes..

Over the years I've read the really awful trash-talking about Ace from Gene Simmons, Wendy Moore (ex-girlfriend) and ex-friends Gordon Gebert and Bob McAdams. I only read them for the KISS information,
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Douglas Perkins
As a biography, this is not a bad effort. Ace always was smarter than a lot of people gave him credit for, and that comes through in this book. But, as somebody who always appreciated his gifts as a guitar player, I have to say that ultimately the book convinces you that his inability to grapple with his own irresponsible streak ultimately showed him to be a lot dumber than he ought to be.

The early stories -- of his childhood, how he came to be a guitar player, how things were when KISS got star
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Nick Cato
As a fan of KISS since I was five years old (maybe even younger), I had a blast reading about the early days of the band, and as a major ACE fan, I LOVED the stories about the recording of his classic 1978 solo album. Like most rock n roll memoirs, there's plenty of drug and alcohol stories, as well as car crashes and near-death experiences. So as a KISS and Ace fan, the book is a lot of fun, especially when Ace trashes Gene and Paul on nearly every other page, then offers something positive abo ...more
Tony
Back in the '70s it was Ace's screaming solos on 'Kiss Alive' that inspired me to pick up a guitar. This book is the most honest, real books about the myth and legend of the band. This is NOT a tell all book about the band, but about Ace and only Ace. I think that his honesty about his addictions, risky behavior and irresponsibility shed a tremendous amount of light on why the band split up and the 'bad blood' between him and Gene. It's an excellent read for an Ace fan, a good read for a KISS fa ...more
Sasha
Entertaining, but not fantastic. It had that ghostwritten feel. The language style is inconsistent and so some of it didn't ring true. Example (p197): "Don was practicing his golf swing and I guess you eluded his peripheral vision". Really? More likely: "Dude! How the f*** are you still alive?".

But, it's great to read the stories nonetheless.
Jordan Castillo Price
I thought I might skim through this book and read about the early days of KISS, but I ended up reading it cover to cover. The tone is conversational and engaging, and it reads quickly. The stories about Ace's childhood and teenage years are fascinating, and some of the early KISS recollections are downright bizarre. Especially rooming with Gene Simmons on the road.

Toward the end, I felt like the narrative began to get disjointed as anecdotes were strung together less logically or flowing. I also
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Todd
I have been a fan of many rock bands including KISS, especially the earlier stuff. So I enjoyed reading about the earlier exploits of this mega-band. Ace has been the living embodiment of that lifestyle, the sex, drugs and of course the music: Rock n Roll.
This book is a quick read, and filled with all the stories that you would hope to read from a member of the biggest band on the earth. But what I enjoyed was Ace's self a facing style. Telling it with honest and bluntness that allows the reade
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Henrik Harbin
There will be people who say that Ace Frehley is still an alcoholic, and still a drug addict. This is true. Sobriety doesn't negate addiction, and there's always a chance that the addict will slide back, and that drugs can and will affect memory. This is demonstrated by the fact that Ace Frehley has used two friends (Joe Layden and John Ostrosky) to help him research and organize No Regrets into a solid document of his life, his successes in and out of KISS, his relationships with fans, friends, ...more
TW Brown
If you have ever been the child caught in the middle of an ugly divorce, you know how it felt for KISS fans over the years with the Gene/Paul vs. Ace/Peter thing. Ace does say that Gene was all business from day one and that the Frehley approach was more about having fun being a rock star. I see both sides...or at least I did until Frehley shared one instance that really hurt him.

During the reunion, Gene was putting the movie Detroit Rock City together. He invited Ace's daughter to come to Calif
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Doug
I have mixed feelings about this book. The positives I took away from this book, particularly his insight with meeting his musical heroes (He talks about meeting Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and some of his funny experiences with Les Paul)and his breakdowns of the various KISS albums over the years, were great. Regardless of what anyone thinks, Ace Frehley influenced a lot of kids to pick up the guitar.

Where the book let me down, was all the stories about drinking, dr
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Shannon Marshall Lush
Who knew the droopy-eyed, perpetually stoned 'Space Ace' of KISS was in fact highly intelligent, well spoken, articulate, and witty? All of this comes out in drones in 'No Regrets', the autobiography of the founding member and lead guitarist of one of the world's biggest bands. Frehley recounts his early life, upbringing, and potential end running with gangs, until music saved him from a life of crime...and almost killed him anyway. Dispensing with the bitter rants against former bandmates that ...more
Michael
Simple and straightforward, this unpretentious ride through Ace's career is a bit short on details but long on honesty and the Spaceman's own take on things. This is a much better read than Peter Criss' book, as Ace doesn't spend most of the time blaming everyone but himself on his shortcomings and his struggle with addiction. It's also much easier to read, prose-wise. It's not something I need to ever read again (or even consult) but I'm glad I did. He handles his love/hate relationship with Ge ...more
A
I was a fan of KISS when I was five years old. My Love Gun album made an appearance in kndergarten show-and-tell and my mother dressed me like "The Catman" for Halloween when I was six. I still have my albums and still have a love for KISS of that mid-seventies era. Even after they removed the make-up I had no idea what these guys really looked like until years later. Ace's No Regrets takes me back to those days when could skateboard without a helmet and play lawn darts with metal tips.

If you l
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Scott
Part One:

A friend loaned this and Gene Simmons' book and I read them during a brief hospital stay. I enjoyed Ace's book more simply due to the fact that he's not as arrogant seeming as Gene.

Ace tells a self-deprecating tale of the Rock Monster that was Kiss. He freely admits that he was a drunken f*ck-up. He was just having a good time enjoying the ride. His fun led him into quite a bit of trouble and his absences led to his being dismissed from the band

It was interesting to see how few blatan
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Jeff
I feel very confident in my assessment that the members of KISS are just horrible, horrible people. Really, just terrible. I know it's not much of a book review, but save yourself some grief and move on from these tools.

edit to add: This is based on the biographies of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, who could've made themselves look really good in their own books but lacked the self-awareness to see the incredibly crummy picture they painted. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley loudly proclaim their horr
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Teric Darken
An interesting autobographical read from rock's premier guitar superhero, Ace Frehley. Included within are zany stories from the life of the "Space Ace" while under the influence of alcohol and other clandestine substances. Fans of Mr. Frehley are sure to have a laugh or two at the author's self-inflicted misfortunes, but those searching for "the dirt" on the rest of the KISS members will more than likely be disappointed as Ace refuses to cross the line of slander.

Of note is Ace's sobriety, exte
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Keith Cochran
Ace is definitely one of my favorite guitarists, but I was quite disappointed in this book. He clearly doesn't remember most of past and he blames the drugs. There are a lot of drug stories, which is fine, but I was hoping for some more insight on his guitar playing. I'm also reading Keith Richard's book Life, and that book is full of inspiration on how Keith learned guitar, and who his guitar idols were. Keith goes into great detail about alternate tunings, song structure an inspiration. Ace ha ...more
Michael
As a Kiss fan I have heard all the stories about Ace from Gene and Paul so of course I had to read this but I wasn't sure what to expect. Would I be reading a 300 page book of full of snide remarks about his former band mates or would it be a look at the Spaceman?

The bulk of the book deals with his time in Kiss and his growing tired of being in Kiss and you can see his point. He admits that his lack of presence on the early Kiss albums as a vocalist was his own doing but unlike a lot of autobio
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Dave
I've been a KISS fan since 1978, and Ace was always my fave. Reading Gene's book a few years ago was a eye opener!
Ace confirms much of what Gene said, Some things he ignores, and I wish he hadn't. (Gene's claims of Ace having Nazi thoughts for one)
This is a fun read, and it's cool to see Ace's take on the birth of KISS.
I wish he's been more open about Peter. And he never mentions the death of Eric Carr. All in all though, I enjoyed this book.
Joe Aguiar
Obviously it's always fun to hear the stories of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll from famous rock stars but, it gets a little tedious when that's all you hear for 300 pages. It's also ironic that Frehley seems hurt that his former KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley apparently speak of him as an unreliable alcoholic and drug addict, yet, spends most of his tome proving them right in his own words. While apparently clean for almost a decade, he still seems pretty proud of his substance abus ...more
Christiaän
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this signed by the Spaceman himself. While Ace won't be winning awards for his writing abilities anytime soon, I really did enjoy the book. Prior to picking it up, I had apprehension, having been familiar with the drama between the current and former lineup. I feared the book would mostly serve as an apparatus for mudslinging, but I felt (for the most part) Ace only addressed it when needed to be addressed, and maintained a mature position in recountin ...more
John Treanor
Wow, Ace, maybe you should have tried a little harder. And maybe revisit the steps and come to terms with your past before writing your autobiography. All kinds of passive-aggressive snarkiness directed at Gene and Paul, I'm sure all of it deserved, but lazily put together. I love Ace, but Jesus Christ, it's your autobiography, make it good!
Kathryn
Since I had a guest writer review Ace's book on my rock blog I hadn't intended to read for myself, but I found a copy on sale and figured I should complete the set. Ace's book is shorter than Paul's and Peter's and as such not as detailed. I took away from it his perceptions of the other guys (shouldn't be a surprise to many) and his admission of certain addictive behaviors. I found most interesting that he probably had a more stable family life growing up compared to other rock stars - definite ...more
Sebastian Bach
The thing I loved about The Ace was that he was funny. This book has very few laughs. In a book entited "No Regrets", with a chapter about driving drunk on the wrong side of the road, one would think maybe there would be just one.
Ellen
I've now read all the KISS memoirs. No Regrets began well, but toward the end it fell apart and was very disjointed. Ace admits to having memory loss - years of drinking will do that and he had to have two co-writers for the book. I admire Ace's playing and I love his singing on 2,000 Man and New York Groove but I can't help but mourn the years wasted on drugs and drink. To his credit, Ace takes responsibility for it and has been sober for years now. I just listened to his latest album and he st ...more
Dr. Detroit
Like many hemp-addled, cheap sonic-thrill-seeking Detroit teenagers in the mid-70’s, I was a fully-paid member of the Kiss Army, proof of membership tucked tightly in my wallet right next to my D.R.E.A.D. (Detroit Rockers Engaged in the Abolition of Disco) card. “Detroit Rock City” dontcha know? Any questions?

But by the time Ace Frehley either left or was fired shortly after “Creatures of the Night,” an album he apparently didn’t play on despite his face on the wrapper, the bloom was fully off
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Andrew
Came to this looking forward to Ace's perspective of KISS and the sometimes fraught he had appeared to have had with his band mates..as yet we have only really had Gene Simmons book to go on plus the authorised KISS book a few years back which went into bits and pieces.
Ace seems willing within this book to accept the blame for much that went wrong with his relationship within the band and it's pretty much a tale of excess and clouded judgement,I enjoyed the writing..the KISS years were the draw
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Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician best known as an original member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace" when the band adopted costumes and theatrics. Frehley played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982.

After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996
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