Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alice Cooper: Bogies Man and Cosplay Guru

When you look back at the over-the-top spectacle of seventies rock, Alice Cooper stands out as one of the progenitors of mass-market Hallowe'en. He made all things revolting and ghoulish hip and cool, and allowed his many fans to break through the borders and limitations of October 31.
     He legitimized year-round, multi-personality disorder… but in a good way.
     Cosplay and cross-dressing are now acceptable forms of public expression — it's not about candy anymore.

"Cosplay, in its simplest form, is a public extension of my geekery. It allows me to express my passion for a particular geeky genre through physical display. The more elaborate or impressive the costume, the louder the message is: 'This character has meaning in my life.' In addition, the knowledge that I can assume any role—male, female, young, old, etc, is very empowering. There are almost no limits with cosplay and crossplay, which can be very liberating for women who may feel restricted in their day-to-day lives."

"The Father of Shock Rock shares tidbits from his 40 plus years of stage experience and how golf helped save him from the alcohol that was destroying his life and music. Half memoir, half golf-tips, Monster is not terribly revealing or instructional for that matter.
     The good news is that none of that matters because the stories are so entertaining. Alice finally gets to the bottom of the whole live chicken incident and is rather frank about his conversion to Christianity and his decision to continue his stage-show rather than enter the Christian music arena."
— Paul Meyers, Non-Dis-Irregardless
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