- 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 (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No More Mr Nice Guy: The Inside Story of the Alice Cooper Group Paperback – July 1, 2001
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a definite must-have for the Alice Cooper completist. Although the editing is very poor, I could overlook that for the content and other-side-of-the-coin views from... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by B. Waring
This is an excellent book by Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper Band Original Guitarists) and Billy James (Ant Bee) which follows the Bands History from Arizona to Los Angeles To Michigan... Read morePublished on July 18, 2002 by Richard D. Cappetto
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! Read more
No More Mr.Nice Guy is a Great book!It is written by Alice Cooper's First Guitarest Mike Bruce! The book tells the story on alot of the albums and tours that Mike was in with... Read morePublished on August 27, 2001 by Chris Kiebzak
Sigh...unprofessional and redundant. Mr. Bruce talks smack about everyone while incessantly blowing his own horn and shamelessly promoting his own current "efforts". Read morePublished on May 2, 2001
An excellent book. A must for every fan of the original ALICE COOPER GROUP. Michael not only talks about himself, but all the members of the greatest band of the 70's. Read morePublished on November 17, 2000 by Wilma Crawford