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Cooper at the Scream Awards, 2007
Birth name Vincent Damon Furnier
Born February 4, 1948
Allen Park, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor, DJ
Instruments Vocals, harmonica, guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Straight, Warner Bros., Atlantic, MCA, Epic, Spitfire, Eagle, New West
Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and
musician whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake
blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to
pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock.
Alice Cooper was originally a band that started recording in the late 1960s, consisting of Furnier (who also went by
the name Alice Cooper) on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar,
Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the
international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love it to Death, which was
followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973
album Billion Dollar Babies.
Furnier's solo career as Alice Cooper, forging out on his own without his former bandmates, began with the 1975
concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2008 he released Along Came a Spider, his 18th solo album.
Expanding from his original Detroit rock roots, over the years Cooper has experimented with many different musical
styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, glam metal, hard rock, new wave, pop rock, soft rock, experimental rock,
heavy metal, and industrial rock. In recent times he has returned more to his garage rock roots.
Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, The Rolling Stone Album Guide going so far as to
refer to him as the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". He helped to shape the sound and look of
heavy metal, and has been credited as being the person who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and
whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre". Away from music, Cooper is a film
actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with
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On VH1's "100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock", Cooper was ranked #20.
Childhood and early life
Cooper was born as Vincent Damon Furnier in Allen Park, Michigan, the son of Ella Mae (née McCart) and Ether
Moroni Furnier, a lay preacher in the Church of Jesus Christ (also known as the Bickertonite Church). He has
French Huguenot, Sioux Native American, English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, and was named after one of his
uncles (Vincent Collier Furnier) and the writer Damon Runyon. His paternal grandfather, Thurman Sylvester
Furnier, was an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ based in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, and Vincent Furnier was
very active in the Church of Jesus Christ at the ages of 11 and 12. 
While in Detroit, Furnier attended Washington Elementary School, and then a middle school that is now Lutheran
High School Westland. Following a series of childhood illnesses, Furnier moved with his family to Phoenix,
Arizona. Furnier attended Cortez High School in northern Phoenix. He was also a member of the Order of DeMolay.
At the age of 16, Furnier was eager to take part in the local annual letterman's talent show and gathered fellow
cross-country teammates to form a group for the show. They named themselves The Earwigs, and since they did
not know how to play any instruments at the time, they dressed up like The Beatles and mimed their performance to
Beatles songs. As a result of winning the talent show and loving the experience of being onstage, the group
immediately proceeded to learn how to play instruments they acquired from a local pawn shop. They soon renamed
themselves The Spiders, featuring Furnier on vocals, Glen Buxton on lead guitar, John Tatum on rhythm guitar,
Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and John Speer on drums. Musically, the group were inspired by artists such as
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and The Yardbirds. For the next year the band performed
regularly around the Phoenix area with a huge black spider's web as their backdrop, the group's first stage prop. In
1965, they also recorded their first single, "Why Don't You Love Me" (originally performed by The Blackwells).
Furnier learned the harmonica for the song.
In 1966, the members of The Spiders graduated from high school. After North High School footballer Michael Bruce
replaced John Tatum on rhythm guitar, the band scored a local #1 radio hit with "Don't Blow Your Mind," an
original composition from their second single release. By 1967, the band had begun to make regular road trips to Los
Angeles, California to play shows. They soon renamed themselves The Nazz and released the single "Wonder Who's
Lovin' Her Now," backed with future Alice Cooper track "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye." At around this time
drummer John Speer was replaced by Neal Smith. By the end of the year the band had relocated to Los Angeles
In 1968, upon learning that Todd Rundgren also had a band called Nazz, the band were again in need of another
stage name. Believing that the group needed a gimmick to succeed and that other bands were not exploiting the
showmanship potential of the stage, Furnier chose Alice Cooper as the band's name and adopted this stage name as
his own. Cooper admitted in 2007 that the name change was one of his most important and successful career
Early press releases claimed that the name was agreed upon after a session with a Ouija board, during which it was
revealed that Furnier was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch named Alice Cooper.
Nonetheless, at the time Cooper and the band realized that the concept of a male playing the role of an androgynous
witch, in tattered women's clothing and wearing make-up, would have the potential to cause considerable social
controversy and grab headlines. Cooper stated in a 2008 interview that his look was inspired in part by the film
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Barbarella. "When I saw Anita Pallenberg playing the Great Tyrant in that movie in 1968, wearing long black
leather gloves with switchblades coming out of them, I thought, 'That's what Alice should look like'. That, and a little
bit of Emma Peel from The Avengers".
The conception for the character that Cooper plays on stage came when he took careful observation of the rock world
around him. He noticed that rock stars were always made out to be heroes, and that rock villains were scarce. In a
2010 interview he stated, "Why do we always have rock heroes? Why not a rock villain? I was more than happy to
be rock's Darth Vader. I was more than happy to be Captain Hook."
The classic Alice Cooper group line-up consisted of singer Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier), lead guitarist Glen
Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith. With the exception of
Smith, who graduated from Camelback High School (which is referred to in the song "Alma Mater" on the School's
Out album), all of the band members were on the Cortez High School cross-country team, and many of Cooper's
stage effects were inspired by their cross-country coach, Emmett Smith (one of Smith's class projects was to build
a working guillotine for slicing watermelons). Cooper, Buxton and Dunaway were also art students, and their
admiration for the works of surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí would further inspire their future stage antics.
One night, after an unsuccessful gig at a club in Venice, California called The Cheetah, where the band emptied the
entire room of patrons after playing just ten minutes, they were approached and enlisted by music manager Shep
Gordon, who ironically saw the band's negative impact that night as a force that could be turned in a more productive
direction. Shep then arranged an audition for the band with composer and renowned record producer Frank Zappa,
who was looking to sign bizarre music acts to his new record label, Straight Records. For the audition, Zappa told
them to come to his house "at 7 o'clock." The band mistakenly assumed he meant 7 o'clock in the morning. Being
woken up by a band willing to play that particular brand of psychedelic rock at seven in the morning impressed
Zappa enough to sign them to a three-album deal. Another Zappa-signed act, the all-female GTOs, who liked to
"dress the Cooper boys up like full size barbie dolls," played a major role in developing the band's early onstage
Cooper's first album Pretties for You, released in 1969, had a slight psychedelic feel. Although it touched the US
charts for one week at #193, it was ultimately a critical and commercial failure.
Alice Cooper's "shock rock" reputation apparently developed almost by accident at first. An unrehearsed stage
routine involving Cooper and a live chicken garnered attention from the press, and the band decided to capitalize on
the tabloid sensationalism, creating in the process a new subgenre, shock rock. Cooper claims that the infamous
"Chicken Incident" at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969, was an accident. A chicken
somehow made its way on stage during Cooper's performance; not having any experience around farm animals,
Cooper presumed that, because the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. He picked it up and threw it out
over the crowd, expecting it to fly away. The chicken instead plummeted into the first few rows occupied by disabled
people in wheelchairs, who reportedly proceeded to tear the bird to pieces.
The next day, the incident made the front page of national newspapers, and Zappa phoned Cooper to ask if the story,
which reported that he had bitten the head off the chicken and drunk its blood on stage, was true. Cooper denied the
rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, "Well, whatever you do, don't tell anyone you didn't do it", obviously
recognising that such publicity would be priceless for the band.
Despite the publicity from the Chicken Incident, the band's stronger second album, Easy Action, released in 1970,
met with the same fate as its predecessor.
Music label Warner Bros. Records purchased the band's Straight Records contract from Frank Zappa, and the Alice
Cooper group was set to receive a higher level of promotion from the more major label. At around this time the band,
fed up with Californians' indifference to their act, relocated to Cooper's birthplace, Detroit, where their bizarre stage
act was much better received. Detroit would remain their steady home base until 1972. "LA just didn’t get it,"
Cooper stated. "They were all on the wrong drug for us. They were on acid and we were basically drinking beer. We
fit much more in Detroit than we did anywhere else...."
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In 1970, after two failed albums, the Alice Cooper group was teamed up with now-legendary producer Bob Ezrin for
their third album, the last in their contract with Straight Records, and the band's last chance to create a hit. That hit
came with the single "I'm Eighteen", released in November 1970, which reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot
100. The album that followed, Love it to Death, released in February 1971, proved to be their breakthrough record,
reaching number 35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts. It would be the first of eleven Alice Cooper group
and solo albums produced by Ezrin, who is widely seen as being instrumental in helping to create and develop the
band's definitive sound. Alice Cooper appeared at the Woodstock-esque, Strawberry Fields Festival near Toronto,
Ontario in August 1970. The band's trailblazing mix of glam and increasingly violent stage theatrics stood out in
stark contrast to the bearded, denim-clad hippie bands of the time. As Cooper himself stated: "We were into fun,
sex, death and money when everybody was into peace and love. We wanted to see what was next. It turned out we
were next, and we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation".
Sporting tight sequined costumes by the prominent rock fashion designer Cindy Dunaway (sister of band member
Neal Smith, and wife of band member Dennis Dunaway) and stage shows that involved mock fights, staged
execution, and Gothic torture modes being imposed on Cooper, the androgynous stage role now presented a
villainous side which posed a potential threat to modern society. The success of the band's single, the album, and
their tour of 1971, which saw their first and hugely successful tour of Europe (audience members reportedly included
Elton John and David Bowie), provided enough encouragement for Warner Bros. to offer the band a new
Their follow-up album Killer, released in 1971, continued the commercial success of Love It To Death and included
further single success with "Under My Wheels" and "Be My Lover" in early 1972, and "Halo Of Flies", which
became a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands. Thematically, Killer expanded on the villainous side of Cooper's
androgynous stage role, with its music becoming the soundtrack to the group's morality-based stage show, which by
then featured a boa constrictor hugging Cooper onstage and the murderous axe chopping of bloodied baby dolls.
The summer of 1972 saw the release of the single "School's Out". It went Top 10 in the US, was a #1 single in the
UK, and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. School's Out the album reached #2 on the US charts and
sold over a million copies. The band now relocated to their new mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. With
Cooper's on-stage androgynous persona completely replaced with brattiness and machismo, the band solidified their
success with subsequent tours in the US and Europe, and won over devoted fans in droves while at the same time
horrifying parents and outraging the social establishment.
In England, Mary Whitehouse, a well known campaigner for values of morality and decency, succeeded in having
the BBC ban the video for "School's Out" and Member of Parliament Leo Abse petitioned Home Secretary
Reginald Maudling to have the group banned altogether from performing in the country. However, this seemed to
have little effect on the band's popularity, as they were selected to be the first band to appear on the television series
ABC In Concert in September 1972, and in February 1973 Billion Dollar Babies appeared, which was the band's
most commercially successful album reaching #1 in both the US and UK. "Elected", a 1972 Top 10 UK hit from the
album, which inspired one of the first MTV-style story-line promo videos ever made for a song (three years before
Queen's promotional video for "Bohemian Rhapsody"), was followed by two more UK Top 10 singles, "Hello
Hooray" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy", the latter of which was the last UK single from the album; it reached #25 in
the US. The title track, featuring guest vocals by Donovan, was also a US hit single. Due to Glen Buxton's health
problems, around this time, Mick Mashbir was added to the band (who also played, without credit, on Muscle of
With a string of successful concept albums and several hit singles, the band continued their grueling schedule and
toured the US once again. Continued attempts by politicians and pressure groups to ban their shocking act only
served to fuel the myth of Alice Cooper further and generate even greater public interest. Their 1973 US tour broke
box office records previously set by The Rolling Stones and raised rock theatrics to new heights; the multi-level
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stage show by then featured numerous special effects, including Billion Dollar Bills, decapitated baby dolls and
mannequins, a dental psychosis scene complete with dancing teeth, and the ultimate execution prop and highlight of
the show: the guillotine. The guillotine and other stage effects were designed for the band by magician James Randi,
who appeared on stage during some of the shows as executioner. The Alice Cooper group had now reached its peak
and it was among the most visible and successful acts in the industry. (Cooper's stage antics would influence a host
of later bands, including, among others, Kiss, Blue Öyster Cult, GWAR, W.A.S.P. and, later, Marilyn Manson and
Rob Zombie.) Beneath the surface, however, the repetitive schedule of recording and touring had begun to take its
toll on the band, and Cooper, who was under the constant pressure of getting into character for that night's show, was
consistently sighted nursing a can of beer.
Muscle of Love, released at the end of 1973, was to be the last studio album from the classic line-up, and marked
Alice Cooper's last UK Top 20 single of the 1970s with "Teenage Lament '74". A theme song was recorded for the
James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, but a different song of the same name by Lulu was chosen
instead. By 1974, the Muscle of Love album had not matched the top-charting success of its predecessor, and the
band began to have constant disagreements. Cooper wanted to retain the theatrics in the show that had brought them
so much attention, while the rest of the group thought they should be toned down so that they could concentrate more
on the music which had given them credibility. Largely as a result of this difference of opinion, the band decided to
take a much-needed hiatus.
During this time, Cooper relocated back to Los Angeles and started appearing regularly on TV shows such as
Hollywood Squares, and Warner Bros. released the Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits compilation album which featured
classic artwork and which performed better than Muscle of Love, reaching the US Top 10. However, the band's
feature film Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper (mainly concert footage with a faint storyline and 'comedic'
sketches woven throughout), released on a minor theatrical run mostly to drive-in theaters, saw little box office
As some of the Alice Cooper band's members had begun recording solo albums Cooper decided to do the same
himself, and 1975 saw the release of his first solo album Welcome To My Nightmare. Its success marked the final
break with the original members of the band, with Cooper collaborating with their producer Bob Ezrin who recruited
Lou Reed's backing band, including guitarist Dick Wagner to play on the album. Spearheaded by the US Top 20 hit
"Only Women Bleed", a ballad, the album was released by Atlantic Records in March of that year and became a Top
10 hit for Cooper. It was a concept album, based on the nightmare of a child named Steven, featuring narration by
classic horror movie film star Vincent Price (several years after Welcome To My Nightmare, he guested on Michael
Jackson's "Thriller"), and serving as the soundtrack to Cooper's new stage show, which now included more theatrics
than ever (including an 8-foot-tall (2.4 m) furry Cyclops which Cooper decapitates and kills).
However, by this time alcohol was clearly affecting Cooper's performances. During the Welcome to My Nightmare
tour in Vancouver, and only a few songs into the routine, Cooper tripped over a footlight, staggered a few paces, lost
his bearings and plunged head first off the stage and onto the concrete floor of the Pacific Coliseum. Some fans,
thinking it was all part of the act, reached through the barriers to pull at his blood-matted hair before bouncers could
pull him away for help. He was taken to a local hospital, where medical staff stitched his head wound and provided
him with a skullcap. Cooper returned to the venue a couple of hours later and tried to perform a couple of more
songs, but within minutes he had to call it a night. The opening act, Suzi Quatro, had already left the building and the
remainder of the concert was cancelled.
Accompanying the album and stage show was the TV special The Nightmare, starring Cooper and Vincent Price in
person, which aired on US prime-time TV in April 1975. The Nightmare, the first rock music video album ever made
(it was later released on home video in 1983 and gained a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Long Form Music
Video), was regarded as another groundbreaking moment in rock history. Adding to all that, a concert film, also
called Welcome to My Nightmare and filmed live at London's Wembley Arena in September 1975, was released to
theaters in 1976. Though it failed at the box office, it later became a midnight movie favorite and a cult classic. Such
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was the immense success of this solo project that Cooper decided to continue alone as a solo artist, and the original
band became officially defunct. It was also during this time that Cooper co-founded the legendary drinking club The
Hollywood Vampires, which gave him yet another reason to indulge his continued ample appetite for alcohol.
Following the 1976 US #12 hit "I Never Cry", another ballad, two albums, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell and Lace
and Whiskey, and another ballad hit, the US #9 "You and Me", it became clear from his performances during his
1977 US tour that he was in dire need of help with his alcoholism (at his alcoholic peak it was rumored that Cooper
was consuming up to two cases of Budweiser and a bottle of whiskey a day). Following the tour, Cooper had himself
hospitalized in a New York sanitarium for treatment, during which time the live album The Alice Cooper Show was
released. His experience in the sanitarium was the inspiration for his 1978 semi-autobiographical album From The
Inside, which Cooper co-wrote with Bernie Taupin. The release spawned another US Top 20 hit "How You Gonna
See Me Now", which peaked at #12, and was yet another ballad, based on his fear of how his wife would react to
him after his spell in hospital.
The subsequent tour's stage show was based inside an asylum, and was filmed for Cooper's first home video release,
The Strange Case of Alice Cooper, in 1979. Around this time, Cooper performed "Welcome To My Nightmare",
"You and Me", and "School's Out" on The Muppet Show (episode # 307) on March 28, 1978 (he played one of the
devil's henchmen trying to dupe Kermit the Frog and Gonzo into selling their souls). He also appeared in an
against-type casting in the campy role of a piano playing, disco bellboy in Mae West's final film, Sextette. Cooper
also led celebrities in raising money to remodel the famous Hollywood Sign in California. Cooper himself
contributed over $27,000 to the project, buying an O in the sign in memory of friend and comedian Groucho Marx.
Cooper's albums from the beginning of the 80s, Flush the Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa,
were not as commercially successful as his past releases, and Cooper has claimed that, suffering from acute alcoholic
amnesia, he has no recollection of recording the latter two of these albums. Flush the Fashion, produced by Queen
producer Roy Thomas Baker, had a thick, edgy New Wave musical sound that baffled even long-time fans, though it
still yielded the US Top 40 hit "(We're All) Clones". The album Special Forces featured a more aggressive but
consistent form of New Wave style, and included a new version of "Generation Landslide". The following album,
Zipper Catches Skin was a more power pop-oriented recording, with lots of quirky high-energy guitar-driven songs.
While those three albums engaged the experimental New Wave sound with energetic results, 1983 marked the return
collaboration of producer Bob Ezrin and guitarist Dick Wagner with the haunting epic DaDa, the final album in his
Warner Bros. contract.
In 1983, after the recording of DaDa, Cooper was re-hospitalized for alcoholism. In a deathly state of health, he
relocated back to Phoenix, Arizona, in order to try and save his marriage from collapse and so that he could receive
the support of family and friends. Cooper was finally clean and sober by the time DaDa and The Nightmare home
video (of his 1975 TV Special) were released in the fall of that year; however, both releases performed below
expectations. Even with The Nightmare scoring a nomination for 1984's Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music
Video (he lost to Duran Duran), it was not enough for Warner Bros. to keep Cooper on their books, and, in 1984,
Cooper became, for the first time in his career, a free agent.
After over a year on hiatus, during which time he spent being a full-time father, perfecting his golf swing everyday
on the golf course, and also finding time to star in the Spanish B-grade horror movie production Monster Dog,
Cooper sought to pick up the pieces of his musical career, and in 1985 he met and began writing songs with guitarist
Kane Roberts. Cooper was subsequently signed to MCA Records, and appeared as guest vocalist on Twisted Sister's
song "Be Chrool To Your Scuel". A video was made for the song, featuring Cooper donning his black snake-eyes
make-up for the first time since 1979, but any publicity it may have given to Cooper's return to the music scene was
cut short as the video was promptly banned because of its graphically gory make-up (by Tom Savini) of the
innumerable zombies in the video and their insatiable appetite for gorging on human flesh.
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In 1986, Alice Cooper officially returned to the music industry with the album Constrictor. The album spawned the
hits "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" (the theme song for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives; in
the video of the song Cooper was given a cameo role as a deranged psychiatrist) and the fan favorite "Teenage
Frankenstein". The Constrictor album was a catalyst for Cooper to make (for the first time since the 1982 Special
Forces tour) a triumphant return to the road, on a tour appropriately entitled The Nightmare Returns. The Detroit leg
of this tour, which took place at the end of October 1986 during Halloween, was captured on film as The
Nightmare Returns, and is viewed by some as being the definitive Alice Cooper concert film. The concert, which
received rave reviews in the rock music press, was also described as bringing "Cooper’s violent, twisted onstage
fantasies to a new generation". The Constrictor album was followed by Raise Your Fist and Yell in 1987, which
had an even rougher sound than its predecessor, as well the Cooper classic "Freedom". The subsequent tour of Raise
Your Fist and Yell, which was heavily inspired by the slasher horror movies of the time such as the Friday the 13th
series and Nightmare on Elm Street, served up a similar shocking spectacle as its predecessor, and courted the kind
of controversy, especially in Europe, that recalled the public outrage caused by Cooper’s public performances in
America in the early 1970s.
In Britain, Labour M.P. David Blunkett called for the show to be banned, saying "I'm horrified by his behaviour – it
goes beyond the bounds of entertainment". The controversy spilled over into the German segment of the tour,
with the German government actually succeeding in having some of the gorier segments of the performance
removed. It was also during the London leg of the tour that Cooper met with a near fatal accident during the
hanging execution sequence at the end of the show. Needless to say the attendant publicity served only to increase
public interest and ensure that the tour was completely sold out.
Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell were recorded with lead guitarist Kane Roberts and bassist Kip Winger,
both of whom would leave the band by the end of 1988 (although Kane Roberts played guitar on "Bed Of Nails" on
1989's album Trash). Roberts would continue as a solo artist while Kip Winger would go on to form Winger.
In 1987, Cooper made a brief appearance as a vagrant in the horror movie Prince of Darkness, directed by John
Carpenter. His role had no lines and consisted of generally menacing the protagonists before eventually impaling one
of them with a bicycle frame. Cooper also appeared at WrestleMania III, escorting wrestler Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
to the ring. After the match was over, Cooper got involved and threw Jake's snake Damien at The Honky Tonk Man's
manager Jimmy Hart. Jake considered the involvement of Cooper to be an honor, as he had idolized Cooper in his
youth and was still a huge fan.
In 1988 Cooper's contract with MCA Records expired and he signed with Epic Records. Then, in 1989, his career
finally experienced a real revival with the Desmond Child produced album Trash, which spawned a hit single
"Poison", which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the US, and a worldwide arena tour.
1991 saw the release of Cooper's 19th studio album Hey Stoopid, again featuring several of rock music’s glitterati
guesting on the record. Released as glam metal's popularity was on the wane, and just before the explosion of
grunge, it failed to have the same commercial impact as its predecessor. The same year also saw the release of the
video Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts which chronicled his entire career using in depth interviews with Cooper himself,
Bob Ezrin, and Shep Gordon. One critic has noted how Prime Cuts demonstrates how Cooper had used (in contrast
to similar artists who succeeded him) themes of satire and moralisation to such good effect throughout his career.
It was in the Prime Cuts video that Bob Ezrin delivered his own summation of the Alice Cooper persona: "He is the
psycho killer in all of us. He's the axe murderer, he's the spoiled child, he's the abuser, he's the abused; he's the
perpetrator, he's the victim, he's the gun slinger, and he's the guy lying dead in the middle of the street".
By the early 1990s Cooper had become a genuine cultural icon, guesting on records by the most successful bands of
the time, such as the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion I, (on which he shared vocal duties with Axl Rose on
the track "The Garden"); making a brief appearance as the abusive stepfather of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On
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Elm Street film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991); and making a famous cameo appearance in the 1992
comedy film Wayne's World, in which he and his band intellectually discuss (after a performance of the song "Feed
My Frankenstein" from Hey Stoopid) the history of Milwaukee in surprising depth. In a now famous scene, the
movie's main characters Wayne and Garth, upon seeing Cooper, kneel and bow reverently before him while chanting
"We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" He later makes an appearance on an episode That 70s Show, at the end of
which he and two other (but minor) guest characters parody Dungeons & Dragons.
Cooper released in 1994 The Last Temptation, his first concept album since DaDa, which dealt with issues of faith,
temptation, alienation, and the frustrations of modern life, and which has been described as "a young man's struggle
to see the truth through the distractions of the 'Sideshow' of the modern world". Concurrent with the release of
The Last Temptation was a three-part comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, fleshing out the album's story. This
was to be Cooper’s last album with Epic Records, and his last studio release for six years, though during this period
the live album A Fistful of Alice was released, and in 1997 he lent his voice to the first track of Insane Clown
Posse's The Great Milenko. In 1999, the four-disc box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper appeared, which
contained an authorized biography of Cooper, Alcohol and Razor Blades, Poison and Needles: The Glorious
Wretched Excess of Alice Cooper, All-American, written by Creem magazine editor Jeffrey Morgan.
During his absence from the recording studio, Cooper toured extensively every year throughout the latter part of the
1990s, including, in 1996, through South America, which he had not visited since 1974. Also in 1996, Cooper sang
the role of Herod on the London cast recording of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
The first decade of the 21st century saw a sustained period of
activity from Alice Cooper. In the decade that he turned sixty,
he toured extensively and released (after a significant break) a
steady stream of studio albums to favorable critical acclaim.
During this period Cooper was also recognized and awarded
in various ways: he received a Rock Immortal award at the
2007 Scream Awards; was given a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame in 2003; he received (in May 2004) an
honorary doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University;
was given (in May 2006) the key to the city of Alice, North
Dakota; he scooped the living legend award at the 2006
Classic Rock Roll of Honour event; he won the 2007 Mojo
music magazine Hero Award; and fans twice tried to
induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The lengthy break between studio albums ended in 2000 with
Brutal Planet, which was a return to horror-lined heavy metal, Cooper in 2004 on a film set in L.A.
with a vicious injection of industrial rock, and with subject
matter thematically inspired by the brutality of the modern world, set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, and also
inspired by a number of news stories that had recently appeared on the CNN news channel. The album was
produced by Bob Marlett, with longtime Cooper production collaborator Bob Ezrin returning as Executive Producer.
The accompanying world tour, which included Cooper's first concert in Russia, was a resounding success,
introducing Alice Cooper to a new audience and producing the live home video, Brutally Live, in 2001. During one
memorable episode in Brutally Live, Britney Spears (being played by Alice Cooper's real life daughter, Calico), and
representing "everything that my audience hates - the softening of rock and roll...the sweetness of it" is executed
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Brutal Planet was succeeded by the sonically similar and widely acclaimed sequel Dragontown, which saw Bob
Ezrin back at the helm as producer. The album has been described as leading the listener down "a nightmarish path
into the mind of rock's original conceptual storyteller" and by Cooper himself as being "the worst town on Brutal
Planet". Like The Last Temptation, both Brutal Planet and Dragontown are albums which explore Cooper's
personal faith perspective (born again Christianity). It is commonly perceived in the music media that Dragontown
forms the third chapter in a trilogy begun with The Last Temptation; however, Cooper has himself indicated that
this is not in fact the case.
Cooper again adopted a leaner, cleaner sound for his critically acclaimed 2003 release The Eyes Of Alice Cooper.
Recognizing that many contemporary bands were having great success with his former sounds and styles, Cooper
worked with a somewhat younger group of road and studio musicians who were very familiar with his oeuvre of old.
However, instead of rehashing the old sounds, they updated them, often with surprisingly effective results. The
resulting Bare Bones tour adopted a less-orchestrated performance style that had fewer theatrical flourishes and a
greater emphasis on musicality. The success of this tour helped support the growing recognition that the classic
Cooper songs were exceptionally clever, tuneful and unique.
Cooper's radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, began airing on January 26, 2004 in several US cities. The program
showcases classic rock, Cooper's personal stories about his life as a rock icon, and interviews with prominent rock
artists. The show appears on nearly 100 stations in the US and Canada, and has also been sold all over the world. In
2005, Alice Cooper was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
A continuation of the songwriting approach adopted on The Eyes of Alice Cooper was again adopted by Cooper for
his 24th studio album, Dirty Diamonds, released in 2005. Dirty Diamonds became Cooper's highest charting album
since 1994's The Last Temptation. The Dirty Diamonds tour launched in America in August 2005 after several
European concerts, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 12. Cooper and his
band, including Kiss drummer Eric Singer, were filmed for a DVD released as Alice Cooper: Live at Montreux 2005.
One critic, in a review of the Montreux release, commented that Cooper was to be applauded for "still mining pretty
much the same territory of teenage angst and rebellion" as he had done more than thirty years previously.
In December 2006 the original Alice Cooper band reunited to perform six classic Alice Cooper songs at Cooper's
annual charity event in Phoenix, entitled "Christmas Pudding".
On July 1, 2007 Cooper performed a duet with Marilyn Manson at the B'Estival event in Bucharest, Romania.
The performance represented a reconciliation between the two artists; Cooper had previously taken issue with
Manson over his overtly anti-Christian onstage antics, which included tearing up Bibles, and he had sarcastically
made reference to the originality of Manson's choosing a female name and dressing in women's clothing. Cooper
and Manson have been the subject of an academic paper on the significance of adolescent antiheroes.
In January 2008 he was one of the guest singers on the new Avantasia album The Scarecrow, singing the 7th track,
The Toy Master. In July 2008, after lengthy delays, Cooper released Along Came a Spider, his 25th studio album. It
was Cooper's highest charting album since 1991's Hey Stoopid, reaching #53 in the US and #31 in the UK. The
album, visiting similar territory explored in 1987's Raise Your Fist and Yell, deals with the nefarious antics of a
deranged serial killer named "Spider" who is on a quest to use the limbs of his victims to create a human spider. The
album generally received positive reviews from music critics, though Rolling Stone magazine opined that the music
on the record sorely missed Bob Ezrin's production values. The resulting Theatre of Death tour of the album
(during which Cooper is executed on four separate occasions) was described in a long November 2009 article about
Cooper in The Times as "epic" and featuring "enough fake blood to remake Saving Private Ryan".
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On January 22, 2010, it was announced that Alice would be touring with Rob Zombie on the "Gruesome Twosome"
On March 29, 2010, Cooper revealed during his weekly radio show on Planet Rock that his next record is to be titled
The Night Shift. Cooper stated he has 10 demos ready.
Cooper also appears on a song on Slash's debut solo album, along with Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls,
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steven Adler, the drummer from the original Guns N' Roses. The song "Baby
Can't Drive" is a bonus track on the UK version of the album.
On May 26, 2010, Cooper made an appearance during the beginning of the season finale of the reality-show,
American Idol, in which he sang "School's Out".
On June 12, 2010, Cooper was the featured guest on That Metal Show.
On June 15, 2010 to coincide with the release of the "Alice
Cooper Track Pack" for Guitar Hero , a free download of the
newly-recorded "Elected" was made available on Alice Cooper's
official website . He scored alongside his daughter and band
member Dick Wagner the score for the Indie horror flick Silas
On July 1, 2010 when talking about the newly retitled album,
Welcome to My Nightmare II, Alice said in a Radio Metal
interview: "We’ll put some of the original people on it and add
some new people, I’m very happy with working with Bob
Alice Cooper performing live at Wacken Open Air in
(Ezrin) again.” Names mentioned so far are Slash, Neil Smith,
Dennis Dunnaway, Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. Dennis
and Neil have already writing two songs they worked on. No
mention of Michael Bruce being on the new album (so far), Michael co-wrote many of the hit songs with some or all
of the other members of the original band, and Michael was part of Alice's Christmas show. Michael has stated he
has written many songs over the years that could be turned into Alice Cooper classics and would love to work with
On July 30, 2010, Cooper headlined the first night of the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK.
During a press conference in France, Cooper said about Welcome to My Nightmare II that "[t]his album is more
bloody and more accomplished than the first. It sounds like the early years."
Apparently news sources in Finland are reporting that Alice has signed a record deal with Universal Music and that
the new dvd and next CD ('Welcome 2 My Nightmare') will be released by Spinefarm UK, a daughter company of
Finnish label Spinefarm (Nightwish, Children of Bodom etc.)
There is a new Alice Cooper tribute album coming out on Main Man records in the U.S. around Halloween. It's
called "Remember The Coop - A Tribute To Alice Cooper" and it's a 2 CD set. The first CD features 20 versions of
Cooper classics from "Don't Blow Your Mind" to "You and Me", while the second disc is a tribute to the 'Killer'
What is especially noteworthy about this set is that two of the original Alice Cooper members are featured on this
tribute. Michael Bruce (backed by 'Dimma') is featured on "Under My Wheels" and "My Stars", which are
remastered versions from "Alive & Re-Cooperated" recorded live in Iceland in 2002. Dennis Dunaway also appears
with 'Dimma' on a brand new studio recording of "Halo of Flies". On top of that Dennis' daughters Che Monet and
Renee Dunaway each do their own tribute version on the 'Killer' disc, with Che doing "Dead Babies" and Renee
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Alice Cooper, has been announced as a nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame class of 2011 along with Dennis
(Dunaway), Neal (Smith), Michael (Bruce) and the late great Glen (Buxton).
October 03, 2010 In a BraveWords interview with Neal Smith, Neal has confirmed that Michael (Bruce) did join
Alice, Dennis(Dunnaway) and Neal (Smith) in recording a song for the upcoming Welcome to "My Nightmare II"
Album. Neal also mentioned that if the Hall Of Fame does elect them, Damon Johnson may fill in for the late Glen
Buxton. Slash has also been mentioned a a possible fill in for Glen.
According to Gail Worley, Alice and Bob Ezrin have come up with 13 songs, including the ballads "I Am Made of
You" and "Something to Remember Me By." In addition, Cooper cut three new songs with original band mates
Dennis Dunaway (bass), Neal Smith (drums) and Michael Bruce (guitar). "Welcome II My Nightmare" is scheduled
for release in the fall of 2011 on Bigger Picture records. These sessions were the first to feature all members of the
original Alice Cooper band since the group recorded its 1974 swan song, Muscle of Love. Slash is to play lead guitar
on several tracks on the new album. Alice said: "Slash is the Premier Guitarist for This Generation!"
At the board for these sessions was studio legend Bob Ezrin, who not only produced the band’s commercial
breakthrough, 1971’s Love it To Death (featuring the hit single “I’m Eighteen”), but who was also responsible for
producing several of their other classic hits, including School’s Out and their most popular and commercially
successful album, 1973’s Billion Dollar Babies. Ezrin has also produced many solo albums for Alice Cooper the
individual since the band’s breakup. Ezrin, whose exhaustive body of work includes landmark albums such as Pink
Floyd’s The Wall, has been quoted as saying that the work he did with the Alice Cooper Band in the seventies gave
him his career.
Influences and fans
During an interview for the program Entertainment USA in 1990 Cooper stunned interviewer Jonathan King by
stating that The Yardbirds were his favorite band of all time. Perhaps King should not have been so taken aback,
as Cooper had as far back as 1969 gone on record as saying that it was music from the mid-sixties, and particularly
from British bands The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, as well as The Yardbirds, that had had the
greatest influence on him. Cooper would later pay homage to The Who by appearing in A Celebration: The Music
of Pete Townshend and The Who in 1994 at Carnegie Hall in New York, and performing a cover of "My Generation"
on the Brutal Planet tour of 2000.
During an interview that Cooper himself conducted with Ozzy Osbourne on his radio show, Nights with Alice
Cooper in 2007, Cooper again affirmed his debt of gratitude to these bands, and to The Beatles in particular.
During their discussion, Cooper and Osbourne bemoaned the often inferior quality of songwriting coming from
contemporary rock artists. Cooper stated that in his opinion the cause of the problem was that certain modern bands
"had forgotten to listen to The Beatles".
On the 25th Anniversary DVD of Cabaret, Liza Minnelli stated that her good friend, Alice Cooper, had told her that
his whole career was based on the movie Cabaret.
Evidence of Cooper's eclectic tastes in both classic and contemporary rock music, from the 1960s to the present, can
be seen in the track listings of his radio show; in addition, when Cooper appeared on the BBC Radio 2 program
"Tracks of My Years" in September 2007, he cited his favourite tracks of all time as being the following: "19th
Nervous Breakdown" (1966) by The Rolling Stones, "Turning Japanese" (1980) by The Vapors, "My Sharona"
(1979) by The Knack, "Beds Are Burning" (1987) by Midnight Oil, "My Generation" (1965) by The Who,
"Welcome To The Jungle" (1987) by Guns N' Roses, "Rebel Rebel" (1974) by David Bowie, "Over Under Sideways
Down" (1966) by The Yardbirds, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (2003) by Jet and "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) by
Rob Zombie, former frontman of White Zombie, claims his first "metal moment" was seeing Alice Cooper on Don
Kirshner's Rock Concert.
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In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan stated, "I think Alice Cooper is an overlooked songwriter".
In the foreword to Alice Cooper's CD retrospective box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, John Lydon of The
Sex Pistols pronounced Killer as the greatest rock album of all time, and in 2002 Lydon presented his own tribute
program to Cooper on BBC radio.
The Flaming Lips are longtime Alice Cooper fans and used the bass line from "Levity Ball" (an early song from the
1969 release Pretties for You) for their song "The Ceiling Is Bending". They also covered "Sun Arise" for an Alice
Cooper tribute album. (Cooper's version, which closes the album Love It To Death, was itself a cover of a Rolf
In 1999 Cleopatra Records released Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper featuring a number of contributions
from rock and metal all-star collaborations, including Dave Mustaine, Roger Daltrey, Ronnie James Dio, Slash,
Bruce Dickinson, and Steve Jones. The album was notable for the fact that it was possible to assemble a different
supergroup for each cover version on the record, which gave an indication of the depth of esteem in which Cooper is
held by other eminent musicians within the music industry.
Heavy metal rocker Jon Mikl Thor, also known as Thor, stated in an interview that Alice Cooper was his idol and
A song by alternative rock group They Might Be Giants from their 1994 album John Henry entitled "Why Must I Be
Sad?" mentions 13 Cooper songs, and has been described as being "from the perspective of a kid who hears all of his
unspoken sadness given voice in the music of Alice Cooper; Alice says everything the kid has been wishing he could
say about his alienated, frustrated, teenage world".
Such unlikely non-musician fans of Cooper included Groucho Marx and Mae West, who both reportedly saw the
early shows as a form of vaudeville revue, and artist Salvador Dalí, who on attending a show in 1973 described it
as being surreal, and made a hologram, First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain. 
In the period when the Alice Cooper group was signed to Frank Zappa's Straight label, Miss Christine of the GTOs
became Cooper's girlfriend. Miss Christine (real name: Christine Frka), who had actually recommended Zappa to the
group, died on November 5, 1972 of an overdose. Another long-time girlfriend of Cooper's was Cindy Lang, with
whom he lived for several years. They separated in 1975. Lang sued Cooper for palimony, and they eventually
settled out of court in the early 1980s.  After his separation from Lang, Cooper was briefly linked with actress
Raquel Welch. Cooper then reportedly left Welch, however, to marry, on March 20, 1976, ballerina
instructor/choreographer Sheryl Goddard, who performed in the Alice Cooper show from 1975 to 1982. In
November 1983, at the height of Cooper's alcoholism, Sheryl filed for divorce, but by mid-1984, she and Cooper had
reconciled. The couple has remained together since. In a 2002 television interview, Cooper claimed that he had
"never cheated" on his wife in all the time they had been together. In the same interview, he also claimed that the
secret to a lasting and successful relationship is to continue going out on dates with your partner. The couple have
three children: elder daughter Calico Cooper (born 1981), an actress and singer who has been performing in the
Alice Cooper show since 2000; son Dash (b. 1985), a student at Arizona State University, and also plays in a band
called Runaway Phoenix; and younger daughter Sonora Rose (b. 1993).
Cooper, a huge fan of The Simpsons, was asked to contribute a storyline for the September 2004 edition of Bongo
Comics's Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, a special Monsters of Rock issue that also included stories plotted by
Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Pat Boone. Cooper's story featured Homer Simpson being a Jason Voorhees,
Friday the 13th style killer and Alice and the citizens of Springfield are being stalked by Homer.
On June 20, 2005, ahead of his June–July 2005 tour, Cooper had a wide-ranging interview with interviewer of
celebrities Andrew Denton for the Australian ABC Television's Enough Rope. Cooper discussed various issues
during a revealing and frank talk, including the horrors of acute alcoholism and his subsequent cure, being a
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Christian, and his social and work relationship with his family. During the interview, Cooper remarked "I look at
Mick Jagger and he's on an 18-month tour and he's six [sic] years older than me, so I figure, when he retires, I have
six more years. I will not let him beat me when it comes to longevity."
In 1986, Megadeth was asked to open for Cooper for dates on his US tour. After noticing the hardcore drug and
alcohol abuse in the band, Cooper personally approached the band members to try to help them control their abuse,
and he has stayed close to front man Dave Mustaine ever since; Mustaine in fact considers him his godfather.
Since conquering his own addiction to alcohol in the mid 1980s, Cooper has continued to help and counsel other
rock musicians battling addiction problems who turn to him for help. "I've made myself very available to friends of
mine - they're people who would call me late at night and say, 'Between you and me, I've got a problem.'" In
recognition of the work he has done in helping other addicts in the recovery process, Cooper received in 2008 the
Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles.
The actual ownership of the Alice Cooper name is often cited by intellectual property lawyers and law professors as
an example of the value of a single copyright or trademark. Since "Alice Cooper" was originally the name of the
band, and not the lead singer (e.g. Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, Meat Loaf, etc.), and it was actually owned by the band
as whole, Cooper paid, and continues to pay, a yearly royalty to his original bandmates for the right to use the name
commercially. Although the exact amount is not known, insiders agree that it is large enough for the other band
members to live comfortably.
Religion and politics
Although he originally tended to shy away from speaking publicly about his religious beliefs, Cooper has in recent
years been quite vocal about his faith as a born-again Christian.  He has avoided so called "celebrity
Christianity" because, as Cooper states himself: "It's really easy to focus on Alice Cooper and not on Christ. I'm a
rock singer. I'm nothing more than that. I'm not a philosopher. I consider myself low on the totem pole of
knowledgeable Christians". "So, don't look for answers from me".
When asked by the British Sunday Times newspaper in 2001 how a shock-rocker could be a Christian, Cooper is
credited with providing this response "Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian,
that's a tough call. That's real rebellion!"
Throughout his career, Cooper's philosophy regarding politics is that politics should not be mixed with rock music.
He has consistently kept his political views to himself, sometimes even speaking out against musicians who promote
or opine on politics. He proved his disgust for musicians mixing their music with politics in the run-up to the 2004
presidential election, when he declared that the then crop of rock stars campaigning for and touring on behalf of
Democratic candidate John Kerry were "treasonous morons".  This statement caused a certain amount of
controversy, and led to Cooper releasing an official statement, clarifying and reiterating that the "treason" concerned
in the above label was not against the state but against the ethos of rock itself. In a 2008 interview, Cooper described
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "a breath of fresh air". He is a registered Republican, but has
gone on record to be at times supportive of both Democrats and Republicans.
Love of golf
Cooper has on several occasions credited golf as having played a major role in helping him to overcome his
addiction to alcohol, and has even gone as far to say that when he took up golf, it was a case of replacing one
addiction with another.  The importance that the game has had in his life is also reflected in the title to his
2007 autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster. Cooper, who has participated in a number of Pro-Am
competitions, plays the game six days a week, off a handicap of three or four. Since 1997, he has hosted an
annual golf competition, the Alice Cooper Celebrity AM Golf Tournament, all proceeds from which go to his charity,
the Solid Rock Foundation. Cooper has also appeared in commercials for Callaway Golf equipment, was a guest of
veteran British player and broadcaster Peter Alliss on A Golfer's Travels. He wrote the foreword to the Gary
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McCord book Golf for Dummies. In August 2006, Cooper took part in an annual celebrity golf version of the Ryder
Cup called the All*Star Cup in South Wales. He won his match on the first day, but lost his match on day two.
The competition was shown live on UK television, and commentators made numerous references to Cooper being
the best player, and to the fact that he played the game six days a week back home in Arizona. In an interview with
VH1, friend and fellow golfer Pat Boone said that Cooper was "'this close' to being a pro". Alice Cooper recently
played Forest Akers West Golf Course and shot a 78.
See: Alice Cooper discography
See: Alice Cooper filmography
List of Alice Cooper band personnel
• Alice Cooper – vocals, guitar, harmonica (1963–current)
• Keri Kelli – guitar, vocals (2006–current)
• Damon Johnson – guitar, vocals (2004–2007, 2009–current)
• Chuck Garric – bass guitar, vocals (2002–current)
• Jimmy Degrasso – drums, percussion (1994–2002, 2008, 2009–current)
See: List of Alice Cooper personnel
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 http:/ / www. alicecooper. com/
 "Alice Cooper Biography" (http:/ / www. nme. com/ artists/ alice-cooper). NME. . Retrieved 2009-01-18.
 Artist bio by Rock critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic hosted at VH1.com (http:/ / www. vh1. com/ artists/ az/ cooper_alice/ bio.
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 The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside. ISBN 0-74320-1698.
 Sydney Morning Herald, July 2, 2007. Article by Guy Blackman (http:/ / www. smh. com. au/ news/ gig-reviews/ alice-cooper/ 2007/ 07/ 02/
 "100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock" (http:/ / www. rockonthenet. com/ archive/ 2000/ vh1hardrock. htm)
 http:/ / www. people. com/ people/ archive/ article/ 0,,20063913,00. html
 http:/ / www. timeslive. co. za/ sundaytimes/ article54287. ece
 "The Fabulous Furniers" - chapter one of Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict
 Cooper, Alice Me: Alice (autobiography)
 Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite)—See comment #34 (http:/ / timesandseasons. org/ index. php/ 2003/ 12/ famous-mormons/ )
 Cooper describes in detail in his first autobiography, Me:Alice how he was tasked to organize an act for the show
 Dennis Dunaway's website gives a detailed description of how the line up of The Spiders evolved (http:/ / www. dennisdunawayproject.
com/ Dennis. htm)
 Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic (http:/ / www. vh1. com/ artists/ az/ cooper_alice/ bio. jhtml)
 Alice Cooper's name change (http:/ / www. contactmusic. com/ news. nsf/ article/ cooper name change was the best decision i ever
 The actual ownership of the Alice Cooper name is often cited by intellectual property lawyers and law professors as an example of the value
of a single copyright or trademark. Alice Cooper was originally the name of the band, and not the lead singer (Cf. Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, et
al.), and, because the name was owned by the band as whole, Cooper paid, and continues to pay, a yearly royalty to his original bandmates for
the right to use the name commercially.
 The Rock Radio: Alice Cooper Biography (http:/ / www. therockradio. com/ alice-cooper/ biography. html)
 It's A Man's World: Alice Cooper (http:/ / www. dailymail. co. uk/ home/ moslive/ article-1037257/ Its-A-Mans-World-Alice-Cooper. html)
 The Emmett Smith Story (http:/ / www. imdb. com/ title/ tt0372260/ )
 Sick Things UK re: Role played by the GTOs (and Miss Christine in particular) in the development of the Alice Cooper look (http:/ / www.
sickthingsuk. co. uk/ people/ p-christine. php)
 Barry Miles' biography of Frank Zappa includes a vivid description of how the GTOs influenced Cooper to wear makeup and dress in drag
 Alice Cooper - In His Own Words (http:/ / www. superseventies. com/ ssalicecooper. html)
 Cooper confirms this version of events in an interview in Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts
 http:/ / www. snopes. com/ music/ artists/ marilyn2. htm
 Five y ears later, the Chicken Incident would be parodied in the Ray Stevens song "The Moonlight Special," with Cooper referred to as
 "Alice doesn’t live here anymore" (Metro Times Detroit) (http:/ / www. metrotimes. com/ editorial/ story. asp?id=5479)
 See the Alice Cooper entry under List of albums produced by Ezrin at Ezrin's Wikipedia page
 In a revealing online interview (http:/ / emusician. com/ em_spotlight/ bob_ezrin_interview/ ) Ezrin discusses in some detail the
technicalities of producing, as a raw 19 year old, both Love it to Death and other early Cooper recordings
 Cooper's outspoken views on the [[Vietnam War (http:/ / www. roctober. com/ roctober/ behindthemusic3. html)] stood out no less, as he
was always staunchly pro-war — in stark contrast to the vast majority of musicians at the time, who were rebelliously anti-war - mention of
this is made in the VH1 program Behind the Music: 1972 (see the end of the 1972 entry)]
 "The Death Proclamation of Generation X: A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy of Goth, Grunge and Heroin" by Maxim W. Furek. i-Universe, 2008;
ISBN 978-0-595-46319-0 (p. 62)
 Sick Things UK re: The Galesi Estate (aka The Cooper Mansion), where Billion Dollar Babies would eventually be recorded (http:/ / www.
sickthingsuk. co. uk/ misc/ mansion. php)
 Cooper responded by sending Whitehouse flowers in thanks for the publicity the incident generated (http:/ / entertainment. timesonline. co.
uk/ tol/ arts_and_entertainment/ tv_and_radio/ article3984003. ece)
 Leo Abse's sensational Holy War against Alice (http:/ / www. alicecooperechive. com/ index_articles. php?artlist=b& width=1440)
 Buxton's recurring health problems are documented in a number of obituaries that appeared after his death on Neal Smith's website (http:/ /
www. nealsmith. com/ GlenBuxtonDeath. htm)
 Bob Ezrin has been directly credited with encouraging Cooper at this time to write ballads such as "Only Women Bleed" and "I Never Cry"
(http:/ / emusician. com/ em_spotlight/ bob_ezrin_interview/ )
 For the tour, Alice hired Dee Murray and Davey Johnstone of the Elton John Band; reportedly he had also wanted to hire Nigel Olsson on
drums, and utilize the entire Elton John Band's rhythm section , but Olsson (who had earlier been with the Spencer Davis Group, and
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considered himself a serious musician) declined, referring to Alice's style of music as "cartoon rock".
 Alice Cooper website, giving every leg of every tour he has made (http:/ / www. alicecooper. co. uk/ 29. html)
 Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns (1986) (http:/ / www. imdb. com/ title/ tt0191773/ maindetails)
 For example, see the November 13, 1986 issue of Kerrang! music magazine, whose front cover bears the headline 'The Night He Came
Home ...Alice Knocks 'Em Dead in Detroit'
 See the Rolling Stone biography of Cooper (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ artists/ alicecooper/ biography)
 The Daily Mirror, (U.K.) April 6th, 1988
 Cooper was quoted in SickThings.co.uk as saying "It's hard for an American to imagine anything as too violent for Germany" (http:/ / www.
sickthingsuk. co. uk/ timelines/ t-ryfay. php)
 Sick Things UK re: The Gallows (http:/ / www. sickthingsuk. co. uk/ theatrics/ gallows. php)
 Review of Prime Cuts by Mark Boydell (http:/ / www. dvdtimes. co. uk/ content. php?contentid=3619)
 Shep Gordon interview for Prime Cuts
 Darren Hirst article on Cooper, featuring an analysis of The Last Temptation (http:/ / www. crossrhythms. co. uk/ articles/ music/
Alice_Cooper_The_shock_rock_pioneer_speaks_about_his_Christian_faith/ 30163/ p1/ )
 Recorded in 1996 at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, it featured guest performances by Slash and Rob
Zombie. A synopsis of the album can be found here (http:/ / home. att. net/ ~rarebird9/ alicecooper. html)
 Alice Cooper official website (http:/ / www. alicecooper. com/ bio. html)
 Jesus Christ Superstar CD Tracks (http:/ / www. cduniverse. com/ search/ xx/ music/ pid/ 1142886/ a/ Jesus+ Christ+ Superstar. htm)
 Cooper joked in an interview regarding the award "Are you sure they don't mean immoral?" (http:/ / www. tvguide. com/ news/
 BBC News article covering the event (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ entertainment/ 3286705. stm)
 Baptist Press article on the award, as well as Cooper's Christian faith and philanthropic relationship to the university (http:/ / www. bpnews.
net/ bpnews. asp?id=18238)
 BBC News article on the award (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ entertainment/ 4771763. stm)
 Alice Cooper scoops legend award (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ entertainment/ 6124434. stm)
 MOJO Honours List Salutes Incorrigible Rebels! (http:/ / promo. emapnetwork. com/ mojo/ honours2007/ )
 A campaign to induct Cooper was started in June 2006 by two German fans online at Myspace.com, sparked by a column written in April
2006 by Creem writer and official Cooper biographer Jeffrey Morgan in Metro Times Detroit. A previous unsuccessful attempt was made in
2004 by fan Robert Floto using an online petition which logged more than 2,700 entries.
 Cooper stated in an interview with Jane Stevenson (http:/ / jam. canoe. ca/ Music/ Artists/ C/ Cooper_Alice/ 2000/ 08/ 29/ 744188. html) that
the darkest material on the album had been directly lifted from CNN news stories; in particular, the song "Pick Up The Bones" (about the war
in Kosovo) had been written after Cooper had seen a man in Kosovo collecting the remains of his family in a pillow case. Cooper commented:
"even Stephen King couldn't write this."
 Cooper speaking in an interview with online music magazine Ink 19 (http:/ / www. ink19. com/ issues/ december2001/ interviews/
 An online review of Dragontown can be found here (http:/ / www. cduniverse. com/ productinfo. asp?pid=2056773)
 The album also received a favourable review in Rolling Stone magazine (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ artists/ alicecooper/ albums/
album/ 321368/ review/ 6210440/ dragontown)
 See the Joe Viglione, Allmusic review (again very favourable) of the album (http:/ / www. mp3. com/ albums/ 493259/ reviews. html)
 Hard Music magazine interview with Alice Cooper (http:/ / www. hmmagazine. com/ exclusive/ alice_cooper_part_2200304/ index. php)
 For example, see Simon Evans's review (http:/ / www. musicomh. com/ albums/ alice-cooper. htmalbum)
 Blabbermouth article reporting on Billboard announcement re: the album (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news.
 Glen Boyd review of the Montreux DVD (http:/ / blogcritics. org/ archives/ 2006/ 05/ 21/ 0908173. php)
 Damon Johnson, a guitarist in Cooper's then band, filled in for the deceased Glen Buxton.
 The event received considerable media coverage, for example, see the United Press International article (http:/ / www. upi. com/
NewsTrack/ Entertainment/ 2007/ 06/ 27/ cooper_manson_in_concert_for_first_time/ 1362/ )
 Jane Stevenson interview re Charles Manson (http:/ / jam. canoe. ca/ Music/ Artists/ C/ Cooper_Alice/ 2000/ 08/ 29/ 744188. html)
 "From Alice Cooper to Marilyn Manson" (http:/ / ap. psychiatryonline. org/ cgi/ content/ full/ 27/ 1/ 54)
 Alice Cooper Along Came a Spider Rolling Stone album review (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ reviews/ album/ 22028709/ review/
 "Alice Cooper: booze, madness and dead chickens" (http:/ / entertainment. timesonline. co. uk/ tol/ arts_and_entertainment/ music/
 http:/ / www. gruesometwosometour. com/
 "American Idol Season 9 Top 12 - School's Out with Alice Cooper" (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=O_guA-axV60). . Retrieved
August 10, 2010.
 http:/ / www. vh1classic. com/ view/ playlist/ 1641678/ 528604/ That_Metal_Show_Season_5_Episode_5_Alice_Cooper/
That_Metal_Show_Season_5_Episode_5_Alice_Cooper_Part_1/ index. jhtml
 http:/ / hub. guitarhero. com/ school-s-out-guitar-hero-parties-with-alice-cooper/ 2010-06-15?CalendarStart=2010-06-1
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 Alice Cooper and his Daughter Tackle Silas Gore (http:/ / www. dreadcentral. com/ news/ 38649/
 "Alice Cooper Joins Slash Onstage In Paris, Video Available" (http:/ / www. sleazeroxx. com/ news10/ 0621coo. shtml). Sleaze Roxx. 21
June 2010. . Retrieved 12 October 2010.
 Interview aired on Entertainment USA, BBC 2 (U.K.) during either November/December 1986
 The interview appeared in the September 1969 issue of the Canadian music magazine Poppin (http:/ / www. mjq. net/ interviews/ alice. htm)
 Interview with Ozzy Osbourne from radio program Nights with Alice Cooper, May 22, 2007
 Interview (mp3) with Osbourne (http:/ / www. nightswithalicecooper. com/ audio/ 05-23-07-OZZY. mp3)
 3 September 2007 edition of BBC Radio 2 program Tracks of My Years, hosted by Ken Bruce
 http:/ / www. vh1classic. com/ view/ playlist/ 1531879/ 87125/ Heavy_The_Story_of_Metal_Heavy_Q_and_A/
First_Metal_Moment_Q_and_A/ index. jhtml
 Cott, Jonathan (January 26, 1978). The Rolling Stone Interview (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ news/ story/ 5940104/
the_rolling_stone_interview_part_i/ ). Rolling Stone.
 Lydon also admitted in an interview with the BBC that 'I know the lyrics to every single Alice Cooper song' (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/
entertainment/ 2346057. stm)
 An online review of the album at Yahoo Entertainment can be found here (http:/ / music. yahoo. com/ read/ review/ 14236292)
 "Why Must I Be Sad?" (http:/ / tmbw. net/ wiki/ Why_Must_I_Be_Sad)
 Enough Rope re: Groucho Marx and Mae West (http:/ / www. abc. net. au/ tv/ enoughrope/ transcripts/ s1396692. htm)
 Salvador Dali's Hologram Portrait of Cooper (http:/ / www. abcgallery. com/ D/ dali/ dali219. html)
 A replica of the hologram can be seen at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cooper and original band members Dennis Dunaway
and Glen Buxton studied Dalí as art students at Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and the cover art of Cooper's DaDa album features a
slightly altered version of Dalí's painting "Slave Market with Disappearing Bust of Voltaire."
 Cooper describes how he fell for Miss Christine in his 1976 autobiography Me, Alice
 IMDb bio (http:/ / www. imdb. com/ name/ nm0004840/ bio)
 Sick Things UK re: Estrangement from Cindy Lang (http:/ / www. sickthingsuk. co. uk/ musicians/ m-alice. php)
 Cooper's liaison with Welch is described in a 2007 Daily Telegraph article (http:/ / www. telegraph. co. uk/ portal/ main. jhtml?xml=/ portal/
2007/ 08/ 28/ nosplit/ ftcooper128. xml)
 Sick Things UK re: Reconciliation of Cooper and Cheryl Goddard (http:/ / www. sickthingsuk. co. uk/ timelines/ t-dada. php)
 The Johnny Vaughan Show (UK) 2002.
 2004 Fox/Bongo Press Release detailing the various storylines, which also remarks on Cooper's notoriously 'wicked sense of humor' (http:/ /
www. snpp. com/ news/ pr10_06_04. html)
 Enough Rope (http:/ / www. abc. net. au/ tv/ enoughrope/ transcripts/ s1396692. htm) interview transcript, June 20, 2005
 Enough Ropecomments Mick Jagger and retirement (http:/ / www. abc. net. au/ tv/ enoughrope/ transcripts/ s1396692. htm)
 Fame & Fortune: Dave Mustaine (http:/ / biz. yahoo. com/ brn/ 080125/ 24126. html?. v=1)
 Cooper quoted in April 18, 2008 billboard.com article (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ bbcom/ news/ article_display.
 Alice Cooper Receives MusiCares MAP Fund Award (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ bbcom/ news/ article_display.
 Article in which Cooper speaks at some length about his faith and career (http:/ / www. jesusjournal. com/ content/ view/ 79/ 85/ )
 World Net Daily article in which Cooper speaks of his wish to shun so called celebrity Christianity (http:/ / www. worldnetdaily. com/
news/ article. asp?ARTICLE_ID=26647)
 Interview with radio talk show host Drew Marshall
 World Net Daily article (http:/ / www. worldnetdaily. com/ news/ article. asp?ARTICLE_ID=26647)
 Good News magazine article (http:/ / www. goodnewsmag. org/ magazine/ NovemberDecember/ nd05culture. htm)
 World Net Daily article covering the incident (http:/ / www. worldnetdaily. com/ news/ article. asp?ARTICLE_ID=40127)
 The incident also drew attention from The Washington Post (http:/ / www. washingtonpost. com/ wp-dyn/ articles/ A27098-2004Aug23.
 For example, see this entry at contactmusic.com (http:/ / www. contactmusic. com/ news. nsf/ article/ coopers golf addiction_1049258)
 Cooper spoke to the Daily Telegraph about the addictive nature of golf in 2005 (http:/ / www. telegraph. co. uk/ arts/ main. jhtml?xml=/
arts/ 2005/ 11/ 13/ svgadget13. xml)
 See Alice Cooper: Saved By The Golf Course? at billboard.com (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ bbcom/ news/ article_display.
 An online Random House review of the autobiography can be found here (http:/ / www. randomhouse. com/ catalog/ display.
 Details of these events can be found in Alice Cooper, Golf Monster
 The Detroit News (2005 interview with Cooper) (http:/ / www. detnews. com/ 2005/ wings/ 0501/ 31/ D02-73932. htm)
 Cooper met Alliss in Hawaii for a round of golf - Alliss commented that he thought Cooper was 'quite a gentleman' (http:/ / www.
clearwaterimages. biz/ series1/ series1. html)
 BBC news article covering All*Star Cup in Wales (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ uk_news/ wales/ south_east/ 5289398. stm)
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• Official website (http://www.alicecooper.com/)
• Official Nights with Alice Cooper website (http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/)
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