Welcome to the nightmare! Join us for a screening of the documentary film Super Duper Alice Cooper followed by a conversation with Alice Cooper led by Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher's son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the sixties to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the seventies to the winking comeback as glam metal godfather in the eighties, one will watch in wonder as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's souls. The story is told in the form of a "doc opera," a dizzying blend of documentary and rock opera that combines audio interviews with a bounty of Alice Cooper archive footage. Concerts, TV appearances, movie cameos, newspaper headlines, magazine spreads and many other visual elements have been cut out, layered and collaged like a cinematic View-Master.

Alongside the hits that defined an era, overlooked gems of Alice Cooper's oeuvre have been dug up and melded into montages that soundtrack his life. Footage from old scary movies serves as allegories for Alice's madness.


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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images.

Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album Love It to Death which hit the charts in 1971, followed by KillerSchool’s OutBillion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love. Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw the release of a Greatest Hits album, and then Cooper, in 1975, released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.

Associated with that album and tour was the ground-breaking network TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare." Other film and television appearances include "The Muppet Show," Mae West’s last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" and Tom Snyder’s "Tomorrow Show." The original band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in 1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of "The Snoop Sisters."

Alice's solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970's, with a succession of hit singles, including "You & Me," and classic albums, including Lace And Whiskey and From The Inside, and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.

In the ‘80’s Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new wavish album Flush The Fashion, the heavy metal Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell, and then 1989’s melodic hard rock album Trash, which featured the massive hit single “Poison” and became his biggest selling album and single worldwide. During this period Alice also appeared in the horror films Monster Dog and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, and recorded songs for the soundtracks to Roadie, Class of 1984, Friday the 13 Part VI: Jason Lives and Wes Craven's Shocker.

Cooper’s most memorable movie appearance was as himself in Wayne’s World in 1991. He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger’s wicked step-father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and appeared on Gene Wilder’s TV series "Something Wilder" as well as on "That ‘70’s Show." The 90’s also saw the release of the albums Hey StoopidThe Last Temptation and Fistful of Alice, a live album.

1999 saw the release of the definitive historical 4 CD box set The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper, from Rhino/Warners.

In the new millenium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and releasing the albums Brutal PlanetDragon TownThe Eyes of Alice CooperDirty DiamondsAlong Came a Spider and 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, plus Old School 1964-1974, a box set celebrating the original band.

Alice has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally, with his band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.

He also wrote and published a memoir, Golf Monster, in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, and his journey from alcoholic to golf addict, and was featured in the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows in 2012.

Alice's 2011 album Welcome 2 My Nightmare featured a return to his partnership with longtime collaborator, producer Bob Ezrin, as well as contributions from former original Alice Cooper bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Brucem, and a return to the themes of the iconic 1975 Welcome To My Nightmare album.

2014 saw the release of Super Duper Alice Cooper, a documentary detailing the arc of Alice's rollercoaster ride in the world of rock superstardom. Directed and produced by the same team from Banger Films that delivered the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries, it premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and has since been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.

With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn't achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.

As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he's still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his "Nights With Alice Cooper" nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.

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Anthony DeCurtis

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work.  He won a Grammy Award in the "Best Album Notes" category for his essay accompanying the Eric Clapton retrospective, Crossroads. He is a member of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he teaches in the writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2014, 7 pm

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