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No More Mr Nice Guy: The Inside Story of the Alice Cooper Group Paperback


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946719322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946719327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gherna on June 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Michael Bruce was the meat and potatoes of the Alice Cooper Group. He penned all of the classic Cooper hits, I'm Eighteen, Be My Lover, No More Mr. Nice Guy, to name a few. Then the group broke up, Alice was onstage with dancing spiders and Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway faded into obscurity. I read the first edition of this book in 1997 and was surprised and amused by Michael's tales of starvation and stardom. This book has it all, from the group's days as the Spiders, the ACG's rise to the top in '73, to the group's attempt to reclaim their fame without Alice. Michael reveals what he's been up to for the past 25 years and what the other band members have done with their lives. The updated version of NMMNG contains information about the ACG mini-reunions, Glen Buxton's death and Michael's latest musical accomplishments. If you ever wondered what happened to this Billion Dollar Baby, you gotta have this book!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on September 16, 2001
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Maybe Michael Bruce should have hired a ghost writer. But don't hold it against him. Until a better writer happens along, this will probably have to be the definitive account of Alice Cooper's early life---as in, when the name indicated a band first and foremost, even if the lead singer decided to adopt the name as his own stage name, too---if only because it comes from the man who was probably the real most valuable player in the band.

Though they began as a gang of rabble-and-rollers who also had a sense of the absurd which veered between the surreal and the downright insane (you have to hear their very first album, the Frank Zappa-produced "Pretties For You," to understand), it didn't take long before Alice Cooper began shaping into a slashing band with hooks to burn---the maturity which began on their second album ("Easy Action") and all but exploded on their third ("Love It To Death"). They may have been a rather watered-down and cartooned-up version of the Stooges' genuine teenage-wasteland angst, but there was no escaping the quick grip of songs like "Eighteen," "Under My Wheels," "Be My Lover," "Caught In A Dream," "School's Out," "You Drive Me Nervous," "Dead Babies," "Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and "Billion Dollar Baby.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2001
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The Alice Cooper you see today is not the same Alice Cooper that roamed the earth from 1971-1973. The Alice Cooper of the early 70's was a fearsome T-Rex which ravaged the souls of their young fans like myself. I was 12 years old when I saw them perform on ABC's In Concert in 1972. The sound of this band live was truly mind bending and permanently damaging. Alice Cooper was Mike Bruce-guitar-song writer, Neal Smith-drums, Dennis Dunaway-bass, Glen Buxton-guitar, Shep Gordon-manager, Bob Ezrin-producer and Alice Cooper aka Vincent Furnier-lead vocals. This book, written by one of the founding members of the group shows another point of view not commonly heard about those early years and how the original group finally broke apart. This book is probably just for fans of Alice Cooper past and present. I don't imagine the general public has much interest in this but for fans I think it might be interesting to know what Alice Cooper really was back then. They were a force to be reckoned with and I believe it was the overall synergy, the whole being greater than the parts that makes something happen but the parts begin to think they're greater than the whole and they lose it. To me, Alice Cooper was over for me when the original band split. I moved on to other bands like Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Aerosmith. This is a refreshing perspective on what was and what is now. I liked it, although it seems too short. I read it in 2 days, would've read it in one if I had more time but I still enjoyed it. If your an AC fan I think you'll like it too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "keithmoon67" on December 6, 2001
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A great book that goes right to the heart of The Alice cooper band. I only wish that it was longer. Good content indeed!
Lovely photos and info throughout! If you are a fan of the early AC, READ THIS BOOK! It is essential!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By clarissa jones on March 5, 2004
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Michael has written a brave and adult book that will strike a chord with millions of Alice Cooper fans dismayed at the bands breakup.
Michael's opinion will not be shared by everyone but it is really about time we got a perspective from outside of the Alice Camp who rarely see beyond stary eyed hero worship at best.
The facts do not particularly favour either side. Alice Cooper split up with just one album to make. This deprived the band of some richly deserved royalties but it hardly pointed to Alice jumping ship at the first hint of commercial success. Alice himself points to a band that wanted to ditch theatrics and go more mainstream. True of Michaels solo album, but the Billion Dollar Babies BattleAxe album? and tour with its stageshow designed to rival anything Alice had done? Somehow it seemed hollow.
Michael possibly minimizes the strained relations between the band members at the height of their success. But band members Neal & Dennis were prepared to go on record as saying that current writing was overstating them# (#Bob Greene/Billion Dollar Baby).
Muscle Of Love had resulted in lawsuits which must have put pressure on the bands management. But Warners suing as it was the wrong type of product seems a gas in retrospect given the course Alice's solo career was to take.
Michael's suggestion that it was Shep Gordon who persuaded Alice to leave the band for a 50/50 split will always have some resonance just as long as rock n roll is rock n roll. All major bands have argued over this issue at some point.
Dont know for a fact, will never know for a fact and three decades later dont really want to. My judgement is just a musical one. Alice is for me rock's greatest performer he can make the most ordinary session musicians look great.
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