Alice Cooper Biography

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, and baby dolls, he is considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock.

Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960s after Furnier moved from Detroit, Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.

Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage; The Rolling Stone Album Guide has called him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre". Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Alice Cooper: 'Calling Mumford And Sons a rock band is an offence to rock 'n' roll'

'I don't understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band,' says singer

  • Jul 13, 2013

Play a round of golf with Alice Cooper for $10,000

The offer is part of a comic book Kickstarter campaign

  • Mar 25, 2013

Johnny Depp joins Alice Cooper on stage in Los Angeles - watch

Actor joined Prince Of Darkness on stage for medley of classic covers

  • Nov 30, 2012

Alice Cooper covers The Beatles, The Who and Jimi Hendrix at London show

The shock-rocker pays tribute to the dead at Halloween show

  • Oct 29, 2012

Alice Cooper: 'There are no rock stars with testosterone anymore'

Grizzled rocker says he wants musicians who play from the 'crotch' rather than the 'brain'

  • Oct 13, 2012

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Brutal Planet

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School's Out

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Dirty Diamonds

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Hey Stoopid (live at Wacken Open Air 2013)

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Super Duper Alice Cooper

Super Duper Alice Cooper

'Doc opera' telling the Jekyll and Hyde story of the 1970s shock rocker

  • May 23, 2014

Alice Cooper: Stockholm Hovet

School's out again as Alice Cooper proves he still rocks...

  • Apr 30, 2001

Boston Orpheum

Age ain't nothing but a number, right?

  • Oct 10, 2000

Glasgow Barrowlands

...even half-forgotten pearls like [B]'Black Widow'[/B] deserve a place in Metal's mighty canon.

  • Jul 28, 2000

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