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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With a raspy voice and a stage show that features numerous props and stage illusions, including pyrotechnics, guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, reptiles, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock audiences.

Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal, and industrial rock. He helped to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock and roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre". He is also known for his wit offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur, and, since 2004, a radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.


February 4, 1948
Alice Cooper was born in Detroit.


Further Resources


About Detroit Stories - Part 1: Hard Rock Capital


February 16, 2021

About Detroit Stories - Part 2: Where's The Party?


February 23, 2021

About Detroit Stories - Part 3: The Myth


February 24, 2021

About Detroit Stories - Part 4: 2020


February 27, 2021

About Detroit Stories - Part 5: Resurgence in Rock


February 28, 2021



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