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As the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame says, "Before the world heard of KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson, or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original shock-rock band."

When Alice Cooper became the stuff of legend in the early '70s, their shows were monuments of fun and invention. Riding on a string of hits like "I'm 18" and "School's Out", they became America's highest-grossing act, producing four platinum albums and hitting number one on the US and UK charts with Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. Their utterly original performance style and look, known as shock rock, was swiftly copied by countless bands.

Dennis Dunaway, the bassist and cosongwriter for the band, tells a story just as over-the-top crazy as their (in)famous shows. As teenagers in Phoenix, Dennis Dunaway 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 teen clubs. Their journey took them from Hollywood to the ferocious Detroit music scene, along the way adding new dimensions of rock theater. From struggling for recognition to topping the charts, the Alice Cooper group was entertaining, outrageous, and one of a kind.

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! is the riveting account of the band's creation in the '60s and strange glory in the '70s and the legendary characters they met along the way.

©2015 Dennis Dunaway and Chris Hodenfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Thanks Dennis for Great Behind the Scenes Insight

As an Alice Cooper fan since I was a little kid, I learned a lot, especially about the early pre-Love it to Death days. I hope Mr. Dunaway reads this review because hearing you read this book makes me feel like I know you. Thanks for sharing all rhose sincere, heartfelt stories. Thanks Dennis

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A Rock Bio That Should Be Blueprinted..So Lovely

Dennis Dunaway rocks it as reader and eyewitness to the greatest show on earth that also made your grandma want to faint. All your favorite albums are here. It is so great to hear the stories behind the creation of Halo of Flies, Black Juju, and the hits, too. You know we had a lot of them while we listened, and we hear about all their hijinks and fun on the road wirh the intonation of Dennis. Frankly, it helped having the book and audio after all those fun times. Come join the party.

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Excellent. kept me interested all the way through.

This was a very engaging rock bio. A must for Alice Cooper(the band) fans and music fans alike.

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Just WoW

Absolutely fantastic, hearing Dennis read this was such a special gift . Truly amazing.

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An entirely WICKED book!

I love this book! I've read this book many times. I was around when this stuff all happened. I can remember some of it but I never understood all of this stuff. I like this so much I never feel like I'm wasting time when I read it!

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  • Denzo
  • New York, NY USA
  • 04-03-16

Nicely Done!

This book spoke from the heart. Dennis gave an enlightening and realistic perspective on the history and progression of Alice Cooper. The good times and the bad and the ultimate achievement of making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great Job Dennis. Congratulations!

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AMAZING BOOK!!

Well performed well write all around amazing book R.I.P. GB a must read book!!!! Iloveittodeath!!!

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  • Mark
  • WI USA
  • 03-15-16

Need a professional narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

God Bless Dennis Dunaway, but he should have never narrated this book. It sounds like he is reading a "what I did on my summer vacation" essay in junior high school.

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The Alice Cooper Band

Although I wasn't a fan of Alice Cooper back in the day, I feel this book gave me a better understanding and appreciation for their music. I see how The Alice Cooper Band influenced other bands in this era such as KISS.

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