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KISS musicians to collaborate on memoir

Members of US rock band Kiss perform on stage during the Hellfest Heavy Music Festival on June 20, 2010 in Clisson, western of France. AFP PHOTO/FRED TANNEAU (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP... Read more
Members of rock band KISS perform during the Hellfest Heavy Music Festival on June 20, 2010, in Clisson, France.

(CBS) KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are working on a book about the band's early years, to be published in summer of 2012.

The "Rock and Roll All Nite" musicians are collaborating with journalist Ken Sharp on the memoir, called "Nothin' To Lose."

According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, the memoir will cover the years from the band's founding in 1973 to its breakout album "Alive!" in 1975. It will include interviews with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, the other two founding band members as well as other rock musicians of the era.

Harper Collins' IT Books is the publisher.

The band gained a reputation in its early days for its outlandish makeup, Simmons' antics - which included spitting blood and breathing fire - and their refusal to be photographed without makeup.