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Experiencing Alice Cooper: A Listener's Companion

by Ian Chapman Rowman and Littlefield
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Hbk 232 pages
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Ian Chapman surveys Alice Cooper's career through his twenty-six studio albums (1969-2017). Throughout, Chapman argues that while Cooper may have been rock's most accomplished showman, he is first and foremost a musician, with his share of gold and platinum albums to vouch for his qualifications as a musical artist.

Chapter 1: New Freaks on the Block: Pretties for You and Easy Action, 1969 & 1970
Chapter 2: The Halcyon Years of the Alice Cooper Band: Love it to Death, Killer, School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies, Muscle of Love, 1971-1973
Chapter 3: Alice Dreams Alone: Welcome To My Nightmare, 1975 [US#5 UK#19]
Chapter 4: Confessions from the Heart of the Monster: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Lace and Whiskey, From the Inside, 1976-1978
Chapter 5: The Demise of Alice Cooper: Flush the Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, DaDa, 1980-1983
Chapter 6: The Worm that Turned: Constrictor, Raise Your Fist and Yell, Trash 1986-1989
Chapter 7: Taking Stock again in the 1990s: Hey Stoopid, The Last Temptation, 1991-1994
Chapter 8: 'The Coop', Post-millennium: Brutal Planet, Dragontown, The Eyes of Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds, 2000-2005
Chapter 9: The Resurrection: Along Came A Spider, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, 2008, 2011
Selected Listening

GÇ£Nowadays he is considered an elder statesman of rock, but during his 1970s heyday, Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) was a one-of-a kind, often-controversial performer and, in Chapman's estimation, a
GÇ£Rock 'n' roll pioneer.n++? He was revered and reviled as his theatrical brand of rock drew on such disparate sources as horror films, garage rock, heavy metal, and even vaudeville, usually performed with a knowing wink. Chapman covers the full gamut of Cooper's idiosyncratic career, going through his recording catalog with care and loving detail and examining the rocker's infamous live performances. He begins with the Alice Cooper Band's first record, Pretties for You (1969), and ends with Paranormal (2017), which features three of the original band members. He also discusses the hit singles: GÇ£I'm Eighteen,n++? GÇ£School's Out,n++? and the ahead-of-its time ballad GÇ£Only Women Bleed,n++? about domestic violence against women. He writes about Cooper's problems with alcohol and how he resurfaced with a healthier addiction to golf. Like the inestimable Cooper himself, this portrait, a must for rock fans, is full of sly humor and unexpected surprises.n++?
Ian Chapman is a senior lecturer in music at the University of Otago, New Zealand. A specialist in glam rock, he is a former professional musician and the author of several books, including Experiencing David Bowie (R&L, 2015) and Kiwi Rock Chicks, Pop Stars & Trailblazers (2010).