If you want to become a rock icon, you can revolutionize the music, or the business. Well, Alice Cooper did both. You can see Alice reflected in KISS, Marilyn Manson, even Lady GaGa.
See, Alice brought a new type of showmanship to rock. His shows weren't just concerts; they were theatre. Plus, he scared a lot of parents along the way.
Now, you might think a guy like Alice probably had a tough time in high school, but Alice wasn't an outcast. In fact, back when he was still known as Vincent Furnier, Alice was a star athlete who wrote for the school paper, and played in a few different bands.
Eventually, in 1968, he was signed by Frank Zappa, and set out to do something big. So, Alice and his band put on makeup, lingerie, black leather pants, and gave birth to shock rock.
In 1971, they released their breakthrough album, 'Love it to Death.' From that moment on, the band was unstoppable: 'Killer', 'School's Out', 'Billion Dollar Babies', 'Welcome To My Nightmare'... image aside, Alice Cooper has been responsible for some truly amazing music.
Now, off stage, Alice has gone through several transformations: In the mid-80s, he gave up drinking and found religion, which had a profound impact on his life. These days, Alice is working on a follow-up to 'Welcome to my Nightmare,' and in March, 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.