Book Review: "Live to Win" by Neil Daniels
"Live to Win" was published in the fall of 2015 and penned by author Neil Daniels, who has written quite a few biographies about e.g. Adam Lambert, Bon Jovi, Journey and Iron Maiden to mention a few. This book is in his "Casual Guide" series where he also has published a few books on other artists. I won't mention them, because you can read about them in this book.
This book is approx. 280 pages with huge spacing(!) divided into two parts. Part 1, which is about 142 pages, covering a historical view on KISS from 1972-2014 and the part about Paul's music outside of KISS. The latter part is merely 60 pages plus! So 60 plus pages about Paul's music outside of KISS out of a total of 280. Well done. The author claims that this book is about Paul's music outside of KISS, but that is not the fact.
The part covering Paul's music gives little new info on the recording of the 1978 solo album and I did not find that interesting at all, and it was quite short. Live to Win got more coverage and had some interesting parts, but nothing groundbreaking.
Part 2 is miscellaneous stuff from pages 145-280; a timeline, trivia, "in Paul's own words", other musicians opinions, Paul's influences, which is really just info about a lot of bands in which you can find ANYWHERE else, a discography and some photos.
The book closes with an appendix of 40 pages of totally uninteresting stuff. Why is this even here, I say. I am not interested in the author and what he has written after tormenting myself through this book.
There is also quite a few typos such as Klien, kiss etc.I am not the grammar police and I do not by any means write perfectly, but when publishing a book the proof reading should be better.
There are a few photos, but I think they are too small. There is still space left on the page, so why not make them bigger. Everything is in B/W.
To sum it up, I would not recommend this book if you are not a book collector, such as myself. There are very little interesting stuff here. Also, most of the book covers stuff that are not related to Paul's music.