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Alice Cooper

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 November 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the rock musician Alice Cooper.

As a teenager he says it was British music that he tuned in to - listening to The Beatles, The Yardbirds and The Who. He realised that while rock music had many heroes, there were few villains - that was the territory he marked out for himself. He developed his trademark look - blackened eyes, straggly hair and glamorous clothes - and set about designing live shows that were gleefully gory and macabre.

While critics have described him as 'the world's most beloved heavy metal entertainer', it took him a while to untangle himself from his creation. "For a long time I honestly didn't know where I began and Alice ended. My friends at the time were Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I was trying to keep up with them. And I realised when they all died that you didn't have to be your character off stage."

Record: Work Song - The Butterfield Blues Band
Book: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Luxury: An indoor golf driving range

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for The Yardbirds

    The Yardbirds Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

    Composer: Keith Relf, Jim McCarty

    Beckology, Columbia

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys I Get Around

    Composer: Wilson

    The Beach Boys: 20 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for The Who

    The Who I'm a Boy

    Composer: Pete Townshend

    The Who: The Singles, Polydor

  • Image for Laura Nyro

    Laura Nyro Timer

    Composer: Laura Nyro

    Stoned Soul Picnic –The best of Laura Nyro, Columbia

  • Image for King Crimson

    King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Composer: Fripp-McDonald-Lake-Giles-Sinfield

    In the Court of the Crimson King, DGM/Panegyric

  • Image for Jane's Addiction

    Jane's Addiction Been Caught Stealing

    Composer: Perry Farrell/ Eric Avery/Dave Navarro/Stephen Perkins

    Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Warner Bros/Rhino

  • Favourite Track

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Ballad of a Thin Man

    Composer: Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Columbia

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Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Alice Cooper

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