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Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict Hardcover – May 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307382656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382658
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With his first book, Cooper, the original shock rocker, attempts to combine autobiography and golf manual in one snappy narrative; that both parts are equally half-baked hardly matters, as Cooper's simple, frank account of his 40-plus years in the rock and roll biz is great entertainment. Cooper started playing golf in the early 1980s-as many as 36 holes a day-to fill his post-rehab days and keep him from the destructive spiral of alcoholism. Thus, golf plays a vital role in this memoir; indeed, without golf, Cooper might no longer be alive-and not incidentally, the rock legend has since become one of the best players on the pro-am tournament circuit. Cooper devotes 12 sections to his "steps of golf addiction" ("Be a Good Imitator," "Let the Adreneline Flow," "Play with Those who Inspire You"), interspersed between short chapters that present a Cliff's Notes version of his life. Revelations include the truth behind the infamous 1969 incident in which Cooper threw a live chicken into a rabid Detroit audience, an unexpected backstage encounter with Liberace and Cooper's late-life conversion to Christianity. While there's more here for fans of Alice Cooper's music than his fellow golfing nuts, the man deserves credit for finding a way to tell his life story that's as unconventional as the life itself.
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“Alice writes like he golfs: straight and right down the middle. Like a lot of us golf addicts, he's spent his fair share of his life getting out of the rough and back onto the green. If you're like me and only read like a book a year (OK, like every decade), this should be the one.”

—John Daly

“What a blast from the past, and such insight to the future! Alice Cooper, Golf Monster shares Alice's personal life mission, interwoven with great stories and characters from the 60's through the present in Rock and Roll. Not to mention some wonderful golf tips and experiences, humorously presented. Thank you Alice, for a nice ride!”
—Michael Douglas, actor and creator of the Michael Douglas & Friends Charity Golf Tournament
“Few things are more surreal than playing golf with a guy named Alice. But by the time you reach the second tee, you realize that No More Mr. Nice Guy is one of the wittiest and engaging playing partners you've ever had. Plus, the guy can play! For those who aren't likely to experience the pleasure of a quiet, leisurely round with the man who spends his nights singing "School's been blown to pieces," this book provides the next best thing.”
—Steve Eubanks, author of Golf Freek
“Debauchery, demons and divots! This is the only book I've ever read that should come in 3-D; the crazy stories come right at you from Sinatra to KISS to the Moscow Golf Club.”
—Gary McCord, author of Golf for Dummies

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I've always liked Alice but now I have so much more respect for the man and all he does.
D. Duvall
If you love Rock n Roll, if you love Alice Cooper, or even if you just love playing Golf and need some awesome Golf Tips you gotta buy this book!
Crystal Rickard
This book really provides a great insight to the life of Alice, I found it to be a very inspirational book.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By rnorton828 on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Alice Cooper, the godfather of shock rock, has been on the music scene for nearly forty years. During that time, he has sold multiplatinum albums, toured the world, battled alcoholism and the rock star lifestyle in general, and become one of America's most respected celebrity golfers. And now, Alice has released Alice Cooper, Golf Monster, his autobiography, which is a most enjoyable read.

Cooper wrote Golf Monster collaborating with Keith and Kent Zimmerman, who also co-authored Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten's memoir. Alice Cooper, Golf Monster is a tell-all memoir that alternates between Cooper's life story and his own "twelve step program" for becoming a golf addict. Alice's sense of humor has been his trademark as a songwriter, and that humor is present throughout this book.

Golf Monster follows Cooper's life (born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948) from his childhood in Detroit to his teenage years in Phoenix when he formed his first band, the Earwigs, through his forty-plus year musical career and his battle with the alcohol addiction that nearly destroyed his marriage and ended his life. Alice's close friendship with longtime manager Shep Gordon is also covered in this book.

Pop culture buffs will love this book, which is filled with anecdotes of Cooper's exploits with his many celebrity friends and acquaintances, from Frank Sinatra to Groucho Marx, Fred Astaire to Jack Benny, Salvador Dali to Peter Sellers. Many of Alice's colleagues from the rock music industry are here, including Paul McCartney, John Lennon, The Who, Elvis, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison and Pink Floyd. Alice Cooper, Golf Monster is filled with lots of fascinating tales for readers to enjoy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As much of an Alice Cooper fan as I am, I am somewhat ashamed that it took me so long to read this book. Based on the title, I originally thought it was more of a golf book. Golf tidbits are intermixed with anecdotes of a life in rock'n'roll. So even those like myself that know almost nothing of the sport will still love this book.

In the history of rock, few figures are as misunderstood as Alice Cooper. Often the victim of baseless rumors during the 70's, he still became one of music's most successful acts. "Golf Monster" chronicles the music, booze, golf in a way that is certain to make readers smile. I never really thought Alice had so many friends in the entertainmnet business! My only real complaint is that I would have liked a longer book with more discussion of the music and tours. Some of my favorite albums were hardly discussed.

I also really enjoyed reading about the "new" Alice Cooper. He is more than enough proof that Christians do not need to be boring. And even in his act, he does not compromise his faith in his on-stage "character". As Alice says, if you believe he errors in his faith, show him. Fans of Alice are certain to love this book, even if they don't like golf.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas Roe on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been following the Coop ever since my tender ears beheld "School's Out" on the radio in '73. I think it's safe to say it pretty much changed my life. After reading "Golf Monster", I'm convinced that no one will ever know the true story of Alice Cooper. There have been two previous "authorized" attempts: 1) Michael Bruce's "No More Mr. Nice Guy", wherein the original Alice Cooper guitarist/songwriter gives his side of "the story", which is sometimes different from the Coop's and 2) Alice Cooper's own "Me, Alice" (1976), which gives the reader quite the earful about Alice and band's pre-fame exploits, some of them dealing with sex-in-coffins and things-to-do-with-jelly-donuts. "Golf Monster" does very little to clear up the discrepencies in the aforementioned books and actually throws a little more fuel on the fire. However, it does succeed (and this is what makes the book worth reading) most when it picks up where "Me, Alice" left off. That is to describe the trails and tribulations of Alice, post-"Welcome To My Nighmare". But it must be pointed out that the stories have, over time, become sanitized. The tone and feel of "Golf Monster" is nigh on G-rated. It is darn near Sunday night, have the family over, and read around the fire material.

And more curious, in what is either a brilliant or lose-rock-n-roll-credibility move, Alice has decided to throw golf and religion in to the mix.

So, reader, read at your own peril. This is Alice's "story" as he sees fit to tell in the year 2007. It is rumoured that original Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunnaway (a nice guy if ever there were one) is going to present his memoirs. Maybe that will set the record straight. Maybe...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By revinkevin on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wow. What a great read by the man who saw it all in the music industry from the 60's to now. Who would have thought that the master of shock rock, a loud and in your face rocker on the stage and in the studio, could be such an insightful,thoughtful and just plain fun individual. When the excess of the rock world started to destroy his personal life, he took up the game of golf and it saved his life and balanced out his world. He became a better person, a better rocker and a better golfer. The best part of this book is that you don't have to be a rocker or a golfer to enjoy this book. Just sit back and enjoy the ride with a guy named Alice on his journey in life.
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