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This Week...                       THE GODFATHER OF SHOCK ROCK             4/16/18
      Alice Cooper

       Does the name Alice Cooper ring a bell? He caught the world’s attention back in 1971 with his nationally acclaimed album, Love It to Death. One of his biggest hits came out the following year called, School’s Out (For the Summer).
     He was known for outrageous live performances that included snakes, guillotines, and electric chairs. It was even said that he killed a live chicken during a concert, but apparently that was an exaggerated rumor according to the band’s bassist, Dennis Dunnaway.
     Alice Cooper’s real name was Vincent Damon Furnier. And who would ever guess that he was the son of a Pastor; his dad worked among the Apaches in Arizona. The whole family including Alice were involved in missions. In fact Alice’s grandfather was a minister as well.
     Like so many young people, Alice fell away from his faith and left his Christian upbringing behind. He delved into the world of singing, song-writing, and acting. In fact, he became know as the “Godfather of shock rock.” The glamor of it all drew him far away from his religious roots.
     According to Guy Blackman in his 2007 article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Cooper is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre".
     Equally shocking was Cooper’s lifestyle. He partied hardy with the best of them. "I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27," Cooper recalled. Cooper had made it into the big-times. He was rubbing shoulders with other rock stars and his career was a grand success. His personal life--not so much.
     In another interview, Cooper told CNSnews, "When you get out there and realize you've had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that's not the answer. There's a big nothing out there at the end of that. So, materialism doesn't mean anything . . .”
     By the time Cooper hit about thirty years old, he had seen and done everything. That’s when he had a major wake-up call. It started when he began to throw up blood every morning. He was a bad alcoholic and said everything in his system was shutting down. And it scared him that all his friends were dying off too. That’s when he knew he just had to get it together. That’s when he knew it was time to come back to God.
     Cooper ended up in the hospital because of his addiction. But God delivered him from it all. He said, "When I came out of the hospital, I kept waiting for the craving to come, and it never came. It was a miracle. I tell people I'm not a cured alcoholic, I'm a healed alcoholic. I never went to AA or anything like that, and I give all credit to God for that. Even the doctor said, `This is a miracle that you're not falling back on alcohol every time there's a stressful situation.' So, it's gone. It's just gone."
     During his CNSnews interview, he also said, “A lot of people say that there's a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that's filled, you're really satisfied, and that's where I am right now."
     Alice Cooper lives with his wife, Sheryl, of 41 years. They are both Christians and have been faithful to each other throughout their marriage. Together, they attend Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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      Cooper has also continued his career, but with modifications. While he struggled with the idea of going forward with his music, his Pastor encouraged him. He said God gave Cooper the gifts he has and because of his unique position, he could reach out and share his faith with many.
     In an interview with Hasset Anteneh, Cooper explains how his stage persona as a villain exposes the dangers of evil. He terms himself "the prophet of doom,” saying, “Be careful! Satan is not a myth. Don't sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke. I think my job is to warn about Satan.”

Guy Blackman (July 2, 2007). "Gig reviews: Alice Cooper". Sydney Morning Herald.

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