No Regrets by Ace Frehley & Joe Layden

No Regrets

By Ace Frehley & Joe Layden

  • Release Date: 2011-11-10
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4
From 30 Ratings
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Born into a regular Bronx family, and inspired by the likes of Hendrix, Led Zepellin, and the Kinks, Ace Frehley first picked up his brother's guitar at the age of 12. He had already performed in a number of bands when, in January 1973, he auditioned for an ad that read: "Guitarist wanted with flash and balls." Within a week he was invited to join - the band was KISS.

Frehley explains how the band developed their style in the early days, making their own clothes, wearing make-up and platform shoes. Ace himself even designed the band's double lightning bolt logo. Before long his persona "the Spaceman" was born and the familiar KISS look established - almost overnight they left behind 1,500 seater theatres in the Midwest and were playing sold-out stadiums around the world.

Life in KISS was a whirlwind of accidents, overdoses and excess. Ace partied with the likes of John Belushi and Nic Nolte and enjoyed the seemingly endless supply of fringe benefits that came from being in one of the most successful bands in the history of rock 'n' roll. But soon problems with substance abuse would lead to his leaving the band in 1982, before returning for a second tenure in 1996.

Ace in the Hole is the story of KISS but much more than that - it's the story of a kid from the Bronx who found purpose and salvation through music and rose to the top. It's the story of a guy who lived life to the fullest and almost forfeited his life as a result. And ultimately it's a survival story - Ace is alive and kicking, still making music and influencing a new generation of guitarists.


  • No Regrets

    By 70westy
    One of the best self biography I have have read in a long time. Refreshing, humorous, interesting, candid and honest. Shows the real Ace who we did not get to hear much about due to him being pushed into the background as he correctly states. Well done Ace. You are a credit to yourself. Thanks for the great music and now this great story you have written
  • Loved the book

    By philiphanley
    Epic rock tales from my favorite guitarist, great insights and moving stories.
  • No Regrets

    By tre472
    Being a massive Kiss fan this was a must read for me. It is great to hear what happen during the early days of Kiss from Ace's perspective. I couldn't put it down.
  • Missed opportunity

    By DazzJazz
    I was (perhaps naively) expecting more from this book. Ace details all the near misses he had during his years of addiction. I wish there was more about the MUSIC. For example, it would be great to have some more background stories from the studio, or concert specifics, as we all want to know what it was like to be there. Perhaps Ace simply doesn't remember! I think that writing this book was some part of his recovery process. Overall I'm glad I read it but just like Gene's book it leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Amazing

    By Frehley'sC0met97
    Great read, got this book for Christmas and is the perfect buy for any rock 'n' roll, KISS, or guitar fan!