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A funny, candid, New York Times bestselling memoir from the former lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS, Ace Frehley.

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 trans
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by VH1 Books (first published April 2011)
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Bill
Dec 27, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ace Frehley is why I play guitar. Oh sure, those who know me know all about my love for Jimmy Page and everything Zeppelin did, and that's still true (although lately Page has been a supreme douchebag to his fans), but it all started with KISS and their Alive! album. 40 years later, and I still play it and Ace's solos (not to mention Paul Stanley's underrated harmony work) have the same effect on me as they did when I was 14. It gets my blood racing.

So this is Ace's memoir of his KISS days. He'l
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Greg
Jan 13, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
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
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
East Bay J
Jan 04, 2013 East Bay J rated it liked it
Shelves: music-bios
Ace Frehley! Hell, yes! I’m a big KISS fan and I love Ace Frehley. The first record I ever picked out for myself, when I was about five years old, was Destroyer. Ace Frehley would prove to be a pretty major influence on me as a guitarist and classic KISS remains an all time favorite all these years later.

At first, No Regrets comes off as somewhat disingenuous. It’s, like, “I was a kid! It was great! I almost joined a gang! It was great! I started playing guitar! It was great! I almost got killed
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Dr. Detroit
Apr 04, 2011 Dr. Detroit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
T.W. Brown
Jul 17, 2013 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tony
Jul 04, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2011 Sasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Doug
Jan 18, 2012 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jordan 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
Jun 15, 2013 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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
Arnie
Mar 28, 2016 Arnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a Kiss fan since I was about 9 years old (1977 ). I have read each of the band members books. I have to say, I believe Ace's is probably the most honest. He points no fingers. He comes right out and says what a disaster he could be and is open about his drug use and it's effects on his actions. I think he is honestly just greatful to still be on the planet. I met him at a performance in the early 90's He was a mess. I was devastated to see one of my idols like that. it soured my opin ...more
Scott
Jul 03, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2012 Teric Darken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Dave
Dec 29, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
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.
Shannon Goudreault
Great read with interesting perspective.
Mancman
May 06, 2017 Mancman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
I knew very little of the Kiss chronology, or really much of their history. This was a spur of the moment choice, but it was an interesting read.
Hearing Ace talk about his struggles with alcohol and drugs was eye opening. He's very forthright, and speaks bluntly about his demons.
Clearly there was a lot of acrimony in the band at times, but this feels like a honest and open personal assessment.
He's led a charmed life, if the stories are even half true.
Those were definitely crazy, crazy nights
Devin
May 22, 2017 Devin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a huge KISS fan growing up in fact they were my first experience with rock n roll, so of course when I seen Ace Frehley had a book coming out I added it to my Christmas list and it's exactly what I got. This book was absolutely hilarious and addicting to read as you are always wanting to hear what craziness happens next, if you are a fan of KISS or simply a fan of rock n' roll in general I HIGHLY recommend this book to you, like the name of the book I promise you won't have regrets about g ...more
Jens N
Oct 18, 2016 Jens N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like KISS and I like Ace Frehley. Being by far the most rock n' roll persona of the band, I expected a typical rock star biography filled with wild anecdotes and I pretty much got what I wanted.

What pulls the book down, is how the narrative often doesn't seem to be as coherent as you wish, jumping back and forth between years without any purpose. Not forgetting that's maybe what Ace's memory could be like, I still wish they did a better job editing it. Anyhow, I found No Regrets much more int
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james
Jan 02, 2012 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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LOVED it. highly recommend. never really COULD understand people who didn't like KISS (the original line up).
gotta hand it to ACE (i'm mean, Paul). way to go brother. props.

favorite lines:

-with each drink the inhibitions faded, and so did any concern over repercussions.

-hindsight, man. it's a bummer. a waste of time, too.

-i lived in a small, affluent community, and the cops believed their job was to protect the taxpayers, rather than harass them. they did that in those days, especially in a tigh
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Sharee Thomas
Mar 10, 2017 Sharee Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a KISS fan this is a must! This book was awesome!!!
Chip'sBookBinge
Oct 22, 2011 Chip'sBookBinge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ace Frehley's book is a throughly enjoyable read from start to finish. The beginning of the book which is devoted to his upbringing might seem boring to most, but for me it was a trip to hear about what he did as a kid with regards to his association with the Duckies, the gang that first saved his ass and then get's it into trouble.

But like all KISS fans, myself included, we are anxiously waiting for when he gets around to the formation of the 'Hottest Band In The World'. One of my favorite stor
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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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