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Publisher's Summary

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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Why an audio book?

I love real paper books but if there a shining example of what can be special about an audio book this is it. To hear this story read/told by Mr. Dunaway who is not a slick narrator with a movie trailer voice is refreshing and imparts a more genuine and personal feel to the experience that enhanced an already very interesting story. Highly recommend.

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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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Fantastic

Whether or not you are an Alice Cooper fan, this book and performance is absolutely delightful. Funny, thoughtful and sincere. This is a story about friendship, heartache and history.

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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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I thought very entertaining. thank you Dennis.

I loved it ! I thought was very cool, very well written ,and very well narrated

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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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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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EPIC -- well done, Mr. Dunaway.

Outstanding listen. DD is an excellent reader, he actually enunciates his words well in real life. High five!

Perfect 60s/70s band. If you like this, check out two films: SUPERMENSCH and SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER.

This one puts to shame all the half-assed rock bios currently being unloaded on us.

Smart guy, great subject, well spoken, excellent narration.

What else you want?

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