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How You Gonna See Me in 40 Years: a Look Back at Alice Cooper’s ‘From the Inside’

Alice Cooper (the individual born Vincent Furnier, not the band) was a notorious carouser and a founding member of the Hollywood Vampires softball team/drinking club. Cooper was part of the ragtag and debauched collective of idle rich rock stars who frequented Los Angeles bars and clubs; that motley crew also included – at various times

Alice Cooper: The Musoscribe Interview

As the title of yesterday’s feature indicates, Alice Cooper is the Grand Old Man of shock rock. Nearly a half century after the release of the debut album Pretties for You, Cooper remains busy as ever; he’s been recording and performing with supergroup Hollywood Vampires, and his most recent album, Paranormal, finds him reuniting with

Alice Cooper: The Grand Old Man of Shock Rock

At its core, rock ‘n’ roll has always been about youthful rebellion. From the national debut of Elvis Presley — who was initially shown on television waist-up so as not to offend delicate sensibilities with his shaking hips — to transgressive modern-day artists like Marilyn Manson and GWAR, part of rock music’s mission has to

Book Review: Michael Bruce — No More Mister Nice Guy

Once upon a time, Alice Cooper was a group, not a singer and showman. The original Alice Cooper group started out its professional recording career on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen’s Bizarre/Straight label, and as the band refined its approach and joined forces with producer Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper (the band) prospered creatively and commercially

Album Review: Alice Cooper – Muscle of Love (SACD)

Dedicated fans of 1970s rock know that Alice Cooper means two different things: there’s the vocalist born Vincent Furnier, and there’s the group he fronted from the late 1960s (when they were known as The Spiders) through 1973. Though post-’73 albums were released bearing the name Alice Cooper, those (with the exception of 1974’s Greatest

Album Mini-review: Hollywood Vampires

File Next to: Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, the infamous A Toot and a Snore in ’74 bootleg The original Hollywood Vampires was an informal early ’70s all-star collective of L.A. scenesters who engaged in drink, drugs and general rabble-rousing (and – only rarely – music). Most of its alumni have either died (Harry Nilsson, John Lennon,

Album Review: Alice Cooper — Billion Dollar Babies

On the occasion of its 2014 reissue on Hybrid SACD, Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies is due for a critical second-look. Originally released in 1973, Billion Dollar Babies was Cooper’s sixth LP, and the second-to-last to feature the original band. Though by the time of Babies, ace session guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner were

Book Review: Dick Wagner – Not Only Women Bleed

I’m decidedly old-school about any number of things. I prefer vinyl records to CDs (and CDs to mp3 files), and real books to e-books. But when I learned that famed and legendary guitarist/composer Dick Wagner had penned a book about his life in music, and that Not Only Women Bleed would be available only in

DVD Review: From Straight to Bizarre

A new DVD from Sexy Intellectual – the outfit responsible for informative and incisive docu-DVDs on Brian Eno and many other influential figures in music – takes an in-depth look at the record labels Bizarre and Straight. Started by Frank Zappa and his business partner Herb Cohen, these labels sought initially to document the “freak”

Album Review: Alice Cooper – Dada

For 1982’s Dada, Alice Cooper brought producer Bob Ezrin back to run the console. Ezrin and Cooper had worked together on many of Cooper’s most commercially successful albums in the 70s, and by ’82 Ezrin himself was at something of a critical high water mark himself, owing in no small part to his work on