According to Amazon.com, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will release “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir”, a look back at his “life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon Schuster. Gallery plans to publish the 288-page title under the VH1 Books imprint.
“No Regrets” was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored “The Last Great Fight” about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James “Buster” Douglas‘ tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.
Layden recently worked on MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir”.
Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery Books, said “‘No Regrets’ is sure to be the next must-read rock-and-roll memoir.”
Commented Frehley: “I think Sinatra said it best… ‘Regrets I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.'”
One of the most popular rock guitarists of the 1970s, Frehley became an inspiration to a generation of guitarists with his lead-guitar prowess and atmospheric Les Paul sound.
Frehley performed with KISS from its inception in 1973 until his first departure in 1982 before rejoining KISS in 1996 for a very successful reunion tour. Frehley‘s second stint lasted until 2002 as Ace went back to being a solo artist again, but the stories and memories still remain from touring in one of rock and roll’s most successful acts of all time.
On the red carpet just before his performance with Slash at the at the sixth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 7, 2010 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Ace Frehley talked about putting his memoir together and how he got help remembering some of his old stories that he might have forgotten.
“It’s gonna be memoirs, you know,” he told the Artisan News Service.
“I just turned 59, [so] I think it’s about time I start getting the stuff out and writing it down on paper before I forget it.
“It’s hard for me to remember a lot of the stuff, so what I’ve been doing is getting together with people I used to work with, and they usually have better memories of situations than myself. Getting together with old bodyguards… They have the best stories about me… stuff I don’t remember.”
A short video clip of Ace Frehley talking to the Artisan News Service about his upcoming book can be viewed at this location.
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