Gene Simmons unmasked in memoirs

NEW YORK (Variety) - Fire-breathing, tongue-wagging rock impresario Gene Simmons is set to publish his autobiography,

Crown has bought the KISS frontman's memoirs, "Kiss and Make Up," and will publish 100,000 copies of the book next January.

Simmons, who was born Chaim Witz in Israel, is the Yeshiva-educated son of a concentration camp survivor. "Kiss and Make Up" will recount his poverty-stricken childhood, the rise and fall of KISS and his romances with such women as Cher and Diana Ross.

In an unusual collaboration, Simmons has enlisted Ben Greenman, a writer for the New Yorker, to help with the writing.