Produced in Detroit, rock musician Alice Cooper formed his first group in high school and from the late 1960s had captured the eye of guitarist Frank Zappa. The group hit it big with several successful records in the mid-1970s. In 2011, Cooper and his former group were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cooper acquired an early passion for music as well as in high school formed his first rock band.
After exhausting the local pub scene, the group moved to La, where they expected to allow it to be huge. With this time, the group had developed an upset, upfront and black sound, which critics initially abhorred. But with Cooper as front man, its music captured the attention of Frank Zappa, who inked the youthful musicians into a record deal.
A follow up record, Easy Action, came out a year after.
Nearly instantly, the group developed a reputation because of its horrific performances. In one famous episode, one fan threw a live chicken to the stage. Cooper responded by picking up the fowl and throwing it in the air. When it landed back in the control of the crowd the chicken was torn into bits. In an adjusted variant of the narrative, Cooper killed the bird himself and then drank its blood.
Other theatrical acts contained “killing” baby dolls, and using imitation guillotines and electric chairs during performances. For his part, Cooper relished the shock that followed these performances.
In 1971 Warner Bros. signed Alice Cooper, the group, to a fresh record contract. During the following several years the group released a series of hits, including Killer (1972), School’s Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973) and Muscle of Love (1974).
In 1974, Alice Cooper, the musician, split off from his bandmates and chose the name with him.
A worn out and strung out Cooper finally ended up in a Fresh York sanatorium, where he was placed with drug addicts and offenders. Strangely enough, this time away let Cooper, who became a born-again Christian and eventually learned an obsession with golf, to recuperate.
His music, however, did not just bounce back. Two records, Special Forces (1981) and Zipper Catches Skin (1982), proved particularly unsatisfactory. In 1989, Cooper returned to the graphs using the favorite record Garbage.
Ever since then, Cooper has have a selection of succeeding, both in the studio and elsewhere. His film credits include Wayne’s World (1992), and others. In 2004 he started his enormously successful syndicated radio program, Nights With Alice Cooper.
In recent years he’s reunited with all the surviving members of his previous band, as well as in 2011 the group was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.