Released June 13th in the UK and September 1st 2012 in the US this is a new Alice Cooper biography by Dave Thompson.
The Publishers discription reads as follows:
"Drawing from exclusive and unpublished interviews with a variety of names and faces from throughout Alice's career, the book follows Cooper's tale from his life growing up as a preacher's son in Arizona, through the early years of struggle in Phoenix and then Los Angeles, and then onto the rollercoaster ride that has been the years since then.Includes interviews with original bandmates Michael Bruce and the late Glenn Buxton, drummer Neal Smith, the late Frank Zappa, manager Shep Gordon and producer Bob Ezrin. Includes tributes and recollections from many of the artists who call Alice an influence - from the Damned and the Cramps, to White Zombie and Gwar. Session players and songwriters who have made their own contributions to the Alice story recall their days spent with this Prince of Hell-raisers. The result is a story that alternately thrills, shocks, surprises and delights. Includes full discography and bibliography."
Unfortunatly the book is littered with extremely obvious errors and mistakes, so many in fact that it's impossible to take any "new" information from it as being correct. For example:
"'....Very early on, little Vince realised that the survival of the Furnier family name had been nailed to his shoulders....yada yada yada.......He would fulfill his familial duty too. Although he would ultimately change his name by deed poll to Alice Cooper, he waited until after the birth of his son, Damien Furnier."
This is of course complete rubbish as Alice's son is Dashiel Cooper, and he changed his name before he was born (and not by Deed Poll as that is a UK thing, not USA). It goes on to claim "Damien" was named after the character in the movie 'The Omen' and his own middle name, which of course is 'Damon', not 'Damien'.
This is just one obvious example of the endless factual errors, ommisions, and poor speculation in the book. A few more examples can be seen below.
A few more errors, inaccuracies or just oddities of varying degrees of importance in no particular order:
- Quots Alice describing '(No More) Love At Your Convenience' from 1979 and uses a quote talking about 'Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever ' from 2011.
- The reason they didn`t use Alice on 'The Man with
the Golden Gun' was NOT because the band were too slow in recording the song and
sending it to them, so the producers couldn`t wait any longer and went with
- MOL was an abject failure in pretty much every way, but Battle Axe
is a rock masterpiece
- John Lydon auditioned singing 'Schools Out' to get Pistols job. He actually gets it right (it was 'Eighteen') at one point and then wrong later.
- Alice sings 'I'm Flash' and 'Trapped' on Zorg women album (It was 'I'm Flash' and 'Space Pirates, both on the Life and Crimes box set)
- 2 shows at the Rainbow, London in 1971, the first OPENING for The Who the day before
the band headline the same venue.
- Mentions how the 'Public Enemy #9' song (a recording of which was circulating some years ago ) shows how the Spiders were progressing, even
though the song has been proven to not be The Spiders or anything to do with Alice Cooper.
- Refers to the 'Billion Dollar Babies' demos (ie the 'Fearless' bootleg album amongst other sources), correctly notes they aren`t demos at all but
just the Quad album, then talks about how they show the genesis of the
- States the Zappa audition was at 7PM, not AM which changes the story somewhat.
- Tells the chicken story without mentioning it was set up and done at other
- From The Inside is a poor album as well with little going for it...
- There's a photo of Alice in a straight jacket with a caption underneath which says "Alice in concert not long after he gave up alcohol December 2001"!!
- Calls Mick Mashbir Mike Mashbir.
- Says that 'Runaway Train' is a Michael Bruce song while 'When Hell Comes Home' is a Dennis Dunaway song [It's the other way around].
- Tells a story from an old 1970 interview, as true, about killing a rabbit on stage although its extemely unlike it is true.
- '....Calico would have a brother, named Damien from his fathers middle name - and also because that particular name had only one connotation in the mid eighties, the demonic hero of the ongoing movie series 'The Omen'. What better name could there be for the son of Alice Cooper? - So many errors in that paragraph!
- "The Nightmare" was a "video Concert release" released in 1984 [It was a TV show not concert]
- Mentions the Bob Greene 'Esquire' article, but as I recall there is no mention of 'Billion Dollar Baby' anywhere. [Not techically a mistake I know, just poor]
- 1985 Joe Perry and Dick Wagner "back on board" for Constrictor [it's not made clear in what capacity they are "back" or that they actually had nothing to do with the album in question.]
- Side two of 'Raise Your Fist' is "kind of autobiographical"
- Mentions the Blunket story, and that it was picked up in Germany, but doesn`t mention that the stage show was changed for some German shows to remove the things that were "objectionable" to the authorities.
- Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin worked on a new single 'I've Got A Line On You' - completely untrue.
- Misquotes lyrics to 'Lost In America'
- Cooperstown reunion in December 1998 was only 10 minutes and featured just three songs ( Actually Mike and Alice played BML, 18, SO, and then Neal arrived and they did NMMNG, MOL, ITMB, Desperado, Billion Dollar Babies).
- Bob Ezrin produced 'Dragontown' [he was credited as "executive producer", but not the actual producer which was Bob Marlette.]
- Misnames "It's Much Too Late" as "It's Too Late"
- Misnames "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever" several times as "Disco Bloodbath Boogie"
- Misnames "The Last Man On Earth" as "The Last Man"
- The Amazing Randi stared in A Clockwork Orange. [He wasn`t in it]
- Has photo of Steve Hunter saying it's Davey Johnstone.
- Dennis' birthday stated as March 15th 1946
- Michael's birthday stated as November 2nd 1948
- The Draft: Book says Dennis was classed as A1. All other sources contend it was 4F
- PMRC was founded by FOUR women, not three.
- Rob Halford credited as being on the 'Hey Stoopid' album. He's not.