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March 2015: We are happy to announce that there is now a PRINT edition of First KISS, including many, many photographs and an expanded text. The book will be available HERE.

FIRST KISS (Book Baby, 2013. eBook.) is memoir about my obsession with the hard rockin,' grease paint wearin,' fire breathin' band KISS. I discovered them right as they were beginning their careers some 40 years ago, and have remained a die hard fan since. Which is somewhat odd, given the fact that as a music writer, I am known as "The Ambassador of Southern Rock," catering to The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Still, KISS rocked my world back in 1974, and they still do in 2014. 

This book is a kind of a fan letter to Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace as well. While I spent way too much money on KISS records and merch over the years, the boys always delivered the show. And it was the show that drew me in.


• Read an interview with Buffalo concerning FIRST KISS, at MUSIC TOMES.


E-Book Available for nook, Kindle, iPad - all platforms! Print book at 
















KISS 1974

KISS 1975 Rare shot without the greasepaint.


Buff backstage with Gene Simmons. Revenge Tour, 1992.



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