Saturday 7th November, 2.15pm GMT
“Before the world heard of KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson, or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original shock-rock band.” – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
As teenagers in Phoenix, DENNIS DUNAWAY, bassist and co-songwriter for the Alice Cooper group, 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 teens clubs. Their wild, impossible journey took them from Hollywood to the ferocious Detroit music scene, and along the way they discovered the utterly original performance style and look that would make them the stuff of legend.
Speaking out for the first time about his adventures in the Alice Cooper group, Dunaway reveals a band that was obsessed with topping themselves, with their increasingly outlandish shows and ever-blackening reputation. Dunaway takes readers into back rooms, behind brainstorming sessions, and into the most exclusive parties of the 1970s, revealing the talent, drama, and characters that drove two teenagers to create what would become America’s highest-grossing act.
From struggling for recognition to topping the charts with a string of hits including “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” the Alice Cooper group was entertaining, outrageous, and one of a kind.
Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! is a riveting account of the band’s creation in the ’60s, their strange glory in the ’70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way – a true treat is in store for sure!
DENNIS DUNAWAY was the bass player, songwriter, and theatrical conceptionalist of Alice Cooper and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011
JOEL McIVER is the author and co-author of 33 books on music, including the autobiographies of John Mayall, Glenn Hughes, Woody Woodmansey, Glen Matlock and Max Cavalera. He contributes to the Guardian, the Telegraph and many other publications and is also the editor of Bass Player magazine. He has scored a couple of bestsellers in “selected territories” and will be only too pleased to tell you how a book he wrote about Metallica made No. 2 on the Finnish non-fiction list, beaten only by an encyclopaedia called ‘Great Lakes Of Finland’.