Note: Easy Action: The Original Alice Cooper Band and Feed My Frankenstein:
Alice Cooper, the Solo Years are simply the
old Alice Cooper book, Welcome to My Nightmare: Alice Cooper at 50, busted in
two and turned into black-and-white trade
paperbacks, albeit updated, reformatted and re-edited, with the solo years
book, naturally, getting the most updating,
given that four years have passed since the original title and Alice packs a
lot of living into every year. But yes, if
you have the old one, you have the lion’s share of what’s in these two.
As the back cover sez…
“Raise your fist and yell!” In 1974, Alice Cooper shocked the rock world,
scooped up his makeup kit (and any un-drunk
six-packs that were laying about) and went solo.
Consummated by a legal name change from Vincent Furnier to Alice Cooper, “the
man behind the mask” never looked back,
writing and recording fully 21 studio albums across a roller-coaster career
that is now nearly 60 years on in the
business, with almost 50 of that on his own, calling the shots as a man and
brand with a plan, often guided by manager
Shep Gordon, one of the best in the biz.
Feed My Frankenstein: Alice Cooper, the Solo Years charts this action-packed
era for Alice, beginning with the smash
success of the Welcome to My Nightmare album and tour and hitting a nadir with
the blackout years of the early ‘80s,
where Alice nearly died from booze and hard drugs before being brought back by
his faith in God and by the good graces
of his wife Sheryl.
Next came Alice’s third wave of major success with Trash and Hey Stoopid,
followed by a settling into regular
record-making and touring duties, culminating in some of his best work quite
recently, with Dirty Diamonds, Along Came a
Spider and 2021’s Detroit Stories.
All of this is celebrated in Feed My Frankenstein, meticulously charted with
timeline entries that are extensively
explained and corroborated by a gallery of Alice’s band members throughout the
decades. Helping bring the story to life
is a smorgasbord of imagery, from live photography through to all manner of
memorabilia, underscoring how visceral the
visual has always been for this legendary showman.
Get on board and get a sense of how each and every one of Alice’s 21 solo
albums work, along with an understanding of
how absolutely and insanely jam-packed life has been for Alice since 1974 when
he and Shep rolled the dice, pooled all
their resources and took us on an all-guns-blazing tour of Alice’s sleeping
brain. Indeed, once rolling, it just never
stopped. Next station was Hell, followed by a visit to the asylum and then,
down the road apiece, Brutal Planet,
Dragontown and finally Michigan for some Detroit Stories. It’s all here in
red, black and blue—bring your camera.
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