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The best nightmare ever,
This review is from: Welcome to My Nightmare: The Alice Cooper Story (Paperback)
Author Thompson is a serial Glam historian - on my own shelves, I see books about Bowie, Sweet, Sparks and Glam in general, and there are probably more. It was probably inevitable that he would turn his attention to Alice at some point, but what I especially enjoyed was the manner in which he teases tease out a story that separates the original Cooper group from everything that history now associates with Glam Rock, at the same time as confirming both their right, and that of the later solo Cooper, to forever stand up and be counted.
It's a breathless story that admits from the outset that it has no interest in Cooper's personal life (and generally sticks to that). This is the story of the legend, the myth, the monster. Written with what my old English prof called "caffeinated enthusiasm" but never descending into hyperbole or blather, apocrypha and black humour abound, with the band's most outrageous lies and press stunts given the same coverage and respect as the things that "really" happened. And not only their own; one of my favorite sequences discusses a Melody Maker concert review that suggested Alice had just been killed onstage by his own theatrical arsenal. Recounted with deadpan disbelief, the outpouring of reader horror and shock that followed is as much a part of Alice's story as any event he personally orchestrated.
Neither does the story loses momentum once the big hits have dried up and Alice lurched into the half-life of his late 1970s-1980s output; musician interviews and the writer's own eye for detail all bring to life records that some readers may not even have heard before, while the recent years are painted in such glowing detail that one could easily believe that it's 1972 once again, and school is about to be out forever. Highly recommended!