As the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame says: "Before the world heard of KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original shock-rock band."
When Alice Cooper became the stuff of legend in the early '70s, their shows were monuments of fun and invention. Riding on a string of hits like "I'm 18" and "School's Out," they became America's highest-grossing act, producing four platinum albums and hitting number one on the U.S. and U.K. charts with Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. Their utterly original performance style and look, known as Shock Rock, was swiftly copied by countless bands. Dennis Dunaway, the bassist and co-songwriter for the band, tells a story just as over-the-top crazy as their (in)famous shows.
As teenagers in Phoenix, Dennis Dunaway and lead singer Vince Furnier, who would later change his name to Alice Cooper, formed a hard-knuckles band that played prisons, cowboy bars and teen clubs. Their journey took them from Hollywood to the ferocious Detroit music scene, along the way adding new dimensions of rock theater. From struggling for recognition to topping the charts, the Alice Cooper group was entertaining, outrageous, and one-of-a-kind.
Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! is the riveting account of the band's creation in the '60s, strange glory in the '70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way.
Like an old friend
This visit went way too fast.
Book has a good flow and reads easy. It's different perspective than super dooper Alice cooper. If you're a fan u should enjoy it. Good backstory without all the childhood memories, goes right to the beginning of the band. Good job
Finally, the other story is out!
We’ve heard Vincent Furnier’s/Alice Cooper’s version of the history of the band for years, now we can hear what others have to say! It made me really enjoy listening to the early Alice Cooper albums more than ever! My only real complaint was that I wished to hear more from Dennis about the years following the band’s break up, as well as how the recording of Battle Axe went.
The book is a wild ride, you’ll be thrilled going along with the band from the beginning…. the later years are filled with regrets and sadness, but equally emotionally powerful. I read this book within 24 hours, while playing classic Alice Cooper songs…. like reading in 3D!