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Billion dollar baby: A provocative young journalist chronicles his adventures on tour as a performing member of The Alice Cooper Rock-and-Roll Band Hardcover – 1974
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I love how he makes Alice out to be a person and not this entity we see on stage. Alice was drinking heavily at this time, but still has this pleasant personality and charm he has today. So much different than his stage persona. He talks a lot about the band itself, and how they evolved, had problems, especially with Glen Buxton who because of his drug and alcohol abuse could barely stand much less play and they ended up just turning off his equipment. Most concerts didn’t even have Glen playing. Then of course the audience sometimes turned on the band and would throw bottles, and other projectiles at the band making them run for their lives. There were a few scary incidents with some almost getting seriously hurt or even killed. Again, an interesting read and much of it never known by Alice’s fan base. The book also includes some vintage pictures of Bob with the band and crew members.
It is a difficult book to find, but if you really love the 70s rock n’ roll and would like to know what it was like to be a rock star back then, try to find this book. It’s a fun, interesting read and you’ll find yourself laughing more than anything. Bob is colorful, honest and makes it feel like you are sitting on the couch talking to him about his time with this classic band. With Alice Cooper’s rejuvenated career going would be nice to see this book in general print again.
Greene traveled with the band during their Christmas tour and appears nightly on stage dressed as Santa Claus while the band members fake pummeled him.
He sheds unbelievable insight on the inner workings of a super star rock band while interviewing all members - Mike Bruce, Neil Smith, Dennis Dunaway, the flawed Glen Buxton and of course, Vince Furnier himself. The excesses of the biggest band in the world are also showed, warts and all. It was interesting how the other guys were all jealous of Alice, who used to be good old Vince, just one of five members, not coming to grips with the fact the Alice was the genius who got them where they were, putting millions of dollars in all their pockets.
I can't believe the book is going for big bucks now, but if you can find a cheap copy, by all means, pick it up.