Personalities | Alice Cooper | Seventies | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1948)

Although over time the name Alice Cooper came to attach itself to singer Vincent Furnier, it originally applied to the rock band that he fronted, the classic line-up of which comprised Cooper, Glen Buxton (guitar), Michael Bruce (guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass) and Neal Smith (drums). After recording two albums for Frank Zappa’s Straight label, the band relocated from California back to Detroit, developing the outrageous stage act for which Cooper became infamous.

The 1972 single and album School’s Out made Cooper a major star in America and Britain, where his outrageous image and theatrics fitted in well with the glam rock scene. 1973’s Billion Dollar Babies was a transatlantic No. 1 and his last work with the original band members. After several more hits, Cooper succumbed to alcoholism in the late 1970s and his star waned until the success of the 1989 album Trash and single ‘Poison’ resurrected his career.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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