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Publisher's Summary

Rock and roll in the BC (Before Cooper) era was a tamer, milder world. In Who I Really Am, Cooper’s latest addition to Audible’s Words + Music series, we learn how the boa-wearing (not the feathered kind) maestro arrived at a show and sound - let’s call it AC for After Cooper - that has entertained millions of kids while terrifying parents in equal measure. Cooper drew inspiration from Saturday matinee horror movies, applied a "no such thing as too much" attitude, and hitched it to a kick-ass rock and roll band. The shows were incredible, but the offstage antics might have been even more entertaining. Cooper generously shares you-had-to-be-there tales of the band’s early days in Hollywood and mythic all-nighters with rock’s premier luminaries. Also included are new recordings of the hits “I'm Eighteen”, “School’s Out”, and “Poison". Not many artists can claim credit for creating an entire style or genre. Don’t miss the chance to hear a consummate showman reveal that storytelling might be his greatest talent of all.  

Photo credit: Jenny Risher 

©2021 Alice Cooper (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

One of rock’s true originals, Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of rock. Shocking by design, Cooper drew from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, creating a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors.
The Alice Cooper band formed in Phoenix, Arizona and got their first break in 1969 when they were signed by Frank Zappa. Their breakthrough third album, Love It to Death, hit the charts in 1971, followed by Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and vMuscle of Love*.
Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, in 1975, and by the late 1970s enjoyed a succession of hit singles including "You and Me" and "I Never Cry."
As he heads out on another tour while already working on yet another new album, Cooper shows no signs of slowing down.
Photographed by Jenny Risher

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One of the best in the Words + Music series

Alice Cooper has always been one of the most thoughtful and expressive shock rockers. He pioneered the vaudevillian stage show of rock music and, importantly, he always knew who he was and who he wasn't. What a treat to hear him in the Words + Music series telling about his trip in his own words. I never tire of his interviews and this format elevates him ever more.

Highly recommended for fans of Alice Cooper and fans of later the acts which stood on his shoulders.

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Wow!

Honest Alice, I love how down to earth this guy is. Also how he is the most unlikely witness for Christ.

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Brilliant and Entertaining

Absolutely loved listening to Alice Cooper recount highlights of his life and career. Acoustic sets in between chapters were awesome. I can't wait to have my teenager listen to this bio.

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Awesome!

Alice, always a true showman! What a great glimpse into the wonder filled life of an amazing musician! Love it!

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Entertaining and interesting story!

Alice is a great story teller and although I am not a super fan of his genre of music, I am a huge fan of his work in our local community in Phoenix. He provides a community center for local kids right down the street from my house. That is what interested me in his story but it was truly funny and interesting. Well done! Thank you for The Rock community center as well.

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  • 10-10-21

Must set aside 2 hours of zero interruption!

Thank you, Mr. Cooper! What breath of fresh air.
This one will grab your attention from the start and put you on a 2 hour Alice Cooper Legend Train ride. It’s been a while since I heard anything this good.

Enjoy!

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Loved it!

I love to listen to audio biographies of musicians I grew up listening to. I was not disappointed at all. I was amazed at the number of other talented people/musicians he interacted with. To me it was freaking awesome. Loved the music versions he played. I only wish it had been longer than 2hrs.

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great

the stories are awsome his life amazing happy everything worked out god bless awsome

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Alice has rabies

Very entertaining ! Makes me want to go see a Convert of his. It’s more snippets of his life than the traditional linear storyline , but it’s very enjoyable

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who would ever think!

As a hard core rocker, who would think this is the story of the best rocker to his time.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 10-10-21

lifelong fan

I love him, I've been a fan since "I'm 18," I'm 62 so about 50yrs, I've countless albums my favourite is from the inside then welcome to my nightmare, I've seen him onstage only twice, but most importantly over the past 11yrs his Christianity, and Cheryls ( my eldest daughters name) along with thier positivity has greatly helped me through illness and depression my own demons, I too have grandchildren and they are my other guiding light, ty Alice ❤

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  • Jo Dethioux
  • 12-05-21

The real Alice

I loved listening to every minute and getting to know the man behind the music.

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  • R.T.A.Caldwell
  • 11-16-21

Wonderfully entertaining and informative!

It was great hearing Alice recount his life, and the warmth of his memories of a musical career that has so much been a part of my life as with each of his fans. Highly recommended! 😺

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  • papapownall
  • 11-11-21

Love it to death

This short summary of Alice Cooper's life and career makes for fantastic listening, particularly as it is narrated by Alice himself and there is a pared down version of some of his classic songs between each chapter. The Alice Cooper story has been told many times before, and what a story it is from the garage rock days of Detroit to Laurel Canyon and being discovered by Frank Zappa, followed by global stardom and then rock and roll excesses leading to addiction and breakdown. Many artists would be washed up at this point but Alice Cooper has re-invented himself again and again becoming an eighties hair metal king and now a classic artist who, in between playing golf, still does global stadium tours to millions of adoring fans. How has he managed to stay at the top for so long? In the words of Alice himself "you better tell me tell me it's really up to you, have you got the time to find out who I really am ah ah ooh" (It's My Body, Love it to Death 1971). I really hope that one day he does an extended version of this book, but then again he always leaves his fans wanting more and that may well be the secret of his success.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-30-21

Alive and kicking The great Alice Cooper!

This is really amazing. It's like sitting in on a conversation with Alice Cooper! The only problem is it's too short! that I could listen to this for hours.

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  • CJ Thape
  • 10-27-21

A great one from rock's cuddliest monster

As others have said it's great, but needs to be longer. The guy has amazing stories coming out of his ears so I'm sure this is just scratching the surface. Here's hoping he does a second volume at some point.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 10-23-21

Worth listening if you like Alice Cooper

It was nice to get to know the man behind the mask a little bit. Thanks for that Vince.

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  • Mr. Peter T. Hardy
  • 10-15-21

Cool production

Succinct autobiography interspliced with cool new acoustic versions of his best songs. A few great stories about other rock stars in there made it worth listening to for me as I'm not an Alice Cooper fan.

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  • E.maniac
  • 10-12-21

Fluid truth but great delivery.

Alice has an interesting relationship with the truth or the chronological but he is a great raconteur and I can listen to him all day.
I wish he did more like this discussing the albums and production etc. Well worth a listen

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  • Ashlee
  • 10-25-21

love it

such a great artist and story teller. totally enjoyed every minute of this story :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

facinating and entertaining

really enjoyed hearing this in his own words with his own voice. brings a real richness to the book. facinating learning about him on and off stage.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

loved it

loved this. open. honest. entertaining. highly recommended this. why do I have to write more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

hey stoopid

not a massive alice cooper fan but welcome to my nightmare an all time favourite.

good to hear about the beginnings of alice and the inspiration around his music

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 11-08-21

Short, fast paced and interesting.

I learned much about 'Alice Cooper' the band and the man himself.
It's a short yet fascinating story about being different, making a difference, standing out and promoting your product, The main product of course was himself, a gothic, vampish character fronting a loud, raucous rock band of excellent musos.
There's much name dropping and Green Room stories, for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing.
Although it ended as quick as it started, I liked the book nevertheless,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-21

short sweet and entertaining. perfect for a roady

Perfect for a road trip. entertaining and engaging. well worth a listen. Interesting tales!

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  • John Cougar
  • 11-03-21

Fantastic, Alice. Thank you.

Brilliant narrative sense of intelligent humour that can only be but one, Mr Cooper. This one will get more spins, I guarantee it. LOVE the music!