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Welcome to My Nightmare: The Alice Cooper Story Paperback – September 1, 2012

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About the Author

Dave Thompson has written and published over 100 books and has contributed to many music magazines including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Spin, Q, Record Collector, Melody Maker and NME. Widely regarded as an expert on the Glam Rock scene, he has written biographies of Sweet, Sparks and a Glam Encyclopaedia.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780382324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780382326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A quick search of "Dave Thompson in Books" on Amazon shows that he punches out, er, "biographies" faster than the Octomom punches out babies. Alice Cooper is my favorite rock star and has been since I discovered him in 1989 (yes, I'm one of the younger fans - I am three months younger than the Killer album).

Needless to say, I've been soaking up anything about Alice for over 20 years. Do I know everything? Absolutely not. Do I know more than the average fan? You bet. Do I know more than Dave Thompson? It looks that way.

When I heard about this book, of course I wanted to read it. Within minutes of ripping the box open and flipping through the pages of Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare, a nightmare of my own set in - this book is fraught with factual errors that people will take as truth. And as a writer, I won't even get into the horrific editing oversights I found.

A sampling of the errors I saw in this *cough, cough* "ultimate Alice Cooper biography":

1. The book includes photos, the caption of one of which states, "Alice in concert not long after he gave up alcohol, December 2001." This is wrong. Alice gave up drinking for good around 1983. By 2001 he'd been sitting quite comfortably on the wagon and was in fact driving.

2. In listing the guest artists on Hey Stoopid, Thompson included "...Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Joe Satriani..." This is wrong. Rob Halford wasn't on Hey Stoopid unless they forgot to credit him in the liner notes, which I seriously doubt. What may be causing confusion here is that shortly after Hey Stoopid's release in 1991, Alice co-headlined the "Operation Rock `n' Roll" tour with Judas Priest.

3. "Hey Stoopid was the last album Alice Cooper Rock Star would ever make.
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I thought I knew a lot about the original band period but this book tells stories I've never heard before. I do recommend it. There aren't a lot of books about Alice Cooper out there. It goes all the way up to the original bands induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. There are some great back stories.

Alice cooper fans can play "Find the Factual Errors" game with this book.I wish the author had somebody check the facts.

A couple I'll mention: page 160 - Dick Wagner is seen playing in the wings on the Billion Dollar babies tour. It wasn't Dick Wagner. It was Mick Mashbir. Dick did play on the album as a guest player.

Page 179 - In the late 60's, Sound records wanted to sign the group if only they would drop the lead singer Vince/Alice. Who is Sound Records? I believe Mercury records was meant.

Because of this and many other detail errors many fans have already stated they will not purchase this book. I can certainly understand that. It's too bad because 90% of the book is good and illuminating. I'm glad I purchased it.
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I would of love to give this book a higher rating unfortunately author Dave Thompson made many errors w/ dates, titles, and credits.
If you are a big Alice follower like myself it is a bit annoying the errors that occur. Such as saying "You And Me" from Goes To Hell LP is really from Lace and Whisky LP.
Michael Bruce wrote "When Hell Comes To Town" and Dennis Dunaway wrote "Runaway Train" not the other way around. Saying Rob Halford was on "Hey Stoopid" lp. To name a few.

I could of done without chapter one going back to Alice's ancestors. That could of been done in less pages. Besides how true is it if Dave couldn't get the correct song title. Now he's following Alice's family roots. But that aside this was an interesting read. The early times w/ the original band writer Dave Thompson quoted quite a bit from Glen Buxton. This is the first time I read a number of quotes from Glen. Assuming it was Glen that Dave is quoting from.

Dave talks about Billion Dollar Babies "Battle Axe" album and possible tour before the bottom dropped out.
It's good to have an outsider's view so the story isn't one sided especially the break up of the band.
Dave gathers all that info and places it before you. I read Alice's and Michael Bruce versions from their books. Also Dennis and Neal comments from interviews. This here you can draw your own conclusion.

Going by each album and giving some behind the scenes stories I did enjoyed. This book is pretty current leading up to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" release.

I just wish Dave Thompson had someone to check the dates and titles this would of been a top notch book.
Dave's profession is writing about musicians. I seen many articles and books by him. It makes me wonder how many errors are in those books.

This book includes a few black & white and color pictures.
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This is a well-written and useful biography of the inventor of "shock rock theater,"
Mr. Alice Cooper of Phoenix, Arizona. It traces his early life and discovery of
rock and roll through his contributions as a singer, songwriter, and innovative
performer up to year 2012. His unique recordings and spectacular global-touring
stage shows are detailed with critical insight. The author had access to Alice
and many of his collaborators through the years to render a well-balanced account
of one of the longest and most storied careers in raunchy rock and roll history.

Much has been written through the decades about Alice's wacky song topics and
outrageous stage productions. But not often is he given proper credit for being
such a powerful and versatile singer. Everybody knows his snarly, demented vocals
on "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out." But how about the warmly human crooning of
"You and Me" or "How You Gonna See Me Now?" One of my favorites is a simple jazz
ballad with a late-night piano, the 1977 movie "Sextette" outtake, "No Time for
Tears." Alice wraps his pleasantly nasal, southwestern drawl around Van McCoy's
soft, sad little song and sells it with the skill of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra, by
the way, serenaded songwriter Alice with "You and Me" at the Hollywood Bowl in 1978.

The years go by and "Auntie Alice" keeps on rolling with lively rocking albums and
his Halloweenish stage extravaganzas, from which he has long since dropped the more
sexually offensive material, like feeling up nude mannikins. The man who used to
be a byword for disgusting stage outrage (much of it urban-legend nonsense) has
at last become a beloved show-biz institution whose performances have shocked,
amused, thrilled, and delighted multiple generations of rock fans worldwide.
And as long as the mascara holds out, his Nightmare could go on indefinitely.
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