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No Regrets: A Rock'n'Roll Memoir

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From the former lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS-a funny, truthful, candid memoir about a hard-drinking, drug-addicted, music-loving guitar player who lived life as a rock star and survived to tell the tale.

In its nearly four-decade existence, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, ranking among the top-selling rock-and-roll bands of all time.
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Hardcover, 305 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Bill
Feb 13, 2016 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
Dec 18, 2013 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
Nycdreamin
Nov 26, 2011 Nycdreamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dr. Detroit
Jun 28, 2012 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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East Bay J
Jan 08, 2013 East Bay J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 17, 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.
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
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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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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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
Jul 10, 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 20, 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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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
Terri D'Arrigo
Feb 13, 2016 Terri D'Arrigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Ace's book for two major reasons. First, he didn't indulge in a lot of the notorious KISS rancor. Whether it's because he chose the classy route or because he had to piece a lot of the material together from third-party anecdotes owing to his active addictions at the time of the events nearly doesn't matter. In fact, his acknowledgement of the holes in his memory give the book that much more class. There's a certain humility in that, and it lends earnestness to his book. I got the sense t ...more
Mo
Jan 23, 2016 Mo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, a good portion of this book made me feel like I was speaking to a 17 year old asking how last nights party was. All of it was really juvenile to me. The way he spoke about letting bygones be bygones also sounded a little fake. I feel like I've said a lot of things he's said or acted that way in my youth, but there's just something about reading it from a grown man that really turned me off. Some of the stories seemed to come from left field. I didn't like the flow of the book. I couldn ...more
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.
Janne Paananen
Ace Frehleyn elämäkerta pitää sisällään rockia, naisia, romutettuja autoja ja kasan erinäisiä päihdyttäviä aineita. Perussettiä, sanoisin.

Ace kertoo matkastaan Kissin suuruudenpäivinä, erostaan yhtyeestä, menestyksestä omillaan, paluusta parrasvaloihin ja kymmentuhatpäisten yleisöjen eteen sekä jälleen eroamisesta. Siinäpä se. Olen lukenut samanlaisen tarinan useampaan otteeseen, bändi ja soittaja on vain ollut joku toinen. "Ei kaduttavaa" ei tunnu henkilökohtaiselta, se ei kaivaudu kovinkaan sy
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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
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!
Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
Ейс Фрейли за създаването на KISS и разпадането на оригиналния ѝ състав, за любовта и омразата, за зависимостите и въздържанието, егоизма и егоцентризма, славата, парите и таланта. Книжката развенчава някои митове, които KISS упорито създават около себе си, което я прави интересна за фенове на групата, още повече, че Фрейли се е опитал да бъде непредубеден (нищо че не винаги му се получава). На места ми беше забавно да я чета, на места ми беше мъчно - опасно си е да четеш биографии на любими гру ...more
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
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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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