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(Philly Burbs)   The best way to get teens off the street is to give them guitars and teach them to play in a band, so they can turn out perfectly normal like me, says Alice Cooper   (phillyburbs.com) divider line 49
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2012-10-11 07:46:37 AM
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2012-10-11 08:12:27 AM
Hmm. Option one: living on the streets, surviving by your wits, which often times may call for minor to major violations of the law.

Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.

Tough call.
 
jgi
2012-10-11 08:21:34 AM
He looks fairly normal to me.

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2012-10-11 08:22:15 AM
On the other hand, Alice Cooper has turned out horrifyingly normal. Dude's a little league coach, for Khorne's sake.
 
2012-10-11 08:24:06 AM

Nurglitch: On the other hand, Alice Cooper has turned out horrifyingly normal. Dude's a little league coach, for Khorne's sake.


How does one become a little league coach for the blood god? I shudder to think of the sacrifice needed if your team loses.
 
2012-10-11 08:24:25 AM
Cooper is right :

The Key to getting kids 'off the street' is to give them something to focus on and build steadily, preferably under the guidance of some older, wiser person who has made mistakes and reformed.

Like a freshly paroled murder convict.
 
2012-10-11 08:26:29 AM

rubi_con_man: Cooper is right :

The Key to getting kids 'off the street' is to give them something to focus on and build steadily, preferably under the guidance of some older, wiser person who has made mistakes and reformed.

Like a freshly paroled murder convict.


How about a reformed pedophile?
 
Skr
2012-10-11 08:27:16 AM
I like his idea. Music is a great way to vent/ relax/ meditate as well.
 
2012-10-11 08:28:10 AM
Just don't give them drums or they'll start beating people
 
2012-10-11 08:29:42 AM
It seems like every black dude I meet has a record label/movie studio so I guess it's working.
 
2012-10-11 08:33:41 AM

Skr: I like his idea. Music is a great way to vent/ relax/ meditate as well.


It's a life skill. As a part-time musician I can tell you that it's something you can put down and come back to and it can be as much or as little a part of your life as you want or need it. Music has provided me travel, therapy, friends, sustenance and comfort.

It's nice to see Alice giving back in this manner. I hope some kids take the offer and learn and go and do something with it. It's quite a ride.
 
2012-10-11 08:34:00 AM
"The Internet has destroyed rock. Children no longer develop social graces. They don't hang out anymore,"
 
2012-10-11 08:35:05 AM

Cythraul: Hmm. Option one: living on the streets, surviving by your wits, which often times may call for minor to major violations of the law.

Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.

Tough call.


Option Two is more likely to get you laid.
 
2012-10-11 08:36:26 AM

dittybopper: Cythraul: Hmm. Option one: living on the streets, surviving by your wits, which often times may call for minor to major violations of the law.

Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.

Tough call.

Option Two is more likely to get you laid.


Being a pimp will get you laid. And that's a 'street life' profession.
 
2012-10-11 08:38:15 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: It seems like every black dude I meet has a record label/movie studio so I guess it's working.


Same here! I've only met Russell Simmons and Dre, so I probably don't count. Back to my secluded forest.
 
2012-10-11 08:49:58 AM

Cythraul: Nurglitch: On the other hand, Alice Cooper has turned out horrifyingly normal. Dude's a little league coach, for Khorne's sake.

How does one become a little league coach for the blood god? I shudder to think of the sacrifice needed if your team loses.


If the team loses, they have to cook the coach and eat him. Of course, if they win, they get to eat him raw!
 
2012-10-11 08:51:04 AM

Cythraul: Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.


My brother did that for 10 years, and loved every minute of it, now he has a nice family and owns a bar bands play in. Not bad for a guy who had no clue what he wanted to do other than play bass.
 
2012-10-11 08:55:52 AM
Alice Cooper has never made any pretense that his act is anything other than an ACT!
 
2012-10-11 08:56:00 AM

Tom_Slick: Cythraul: Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.

My brother did that for 10 years, and loved every minute of it, now he has a nice family and owns a bar bands play in. Not bad for a guy who had no clue what he wanted to do other than play bass.


Bass, eh? I'd fancy myself a drummer. Unfortunate that I have absolutely no rhythmic timing.
 
2012-10-11 08:58:05 AM

Cythraul: dittybopper: Cythraul: Hmm. Option one: living on the streets, surviving by your wits, which often times may call for minor to major violations of the law.

Option two: living in a beat up van with the rest of your band mates traveling from town to town playing nightly in dive bars.

Tough call.

Option Two is more likely to get you laid.

Being a pimp will get you laid. And that's a 'street life' profession.


But only one of many. The exception to the rule, as it were.
 
2012-10-11 08:58:07 AM
www.madmumblings.com

Here he is with that SHAM Liza Minelli
 
2012-10-11 09:00:20 AM
Because if there's a type of people known for staying within the boundaries of the law, it's musicians.
 
2012-10-11 09:00:37 AM
IIRC, Alice Cooper was raised Mormon... I could be wrong, but I remember James Randi talking about that in regards to doing the man a favor and escorting Alice Cooper's mom to her seat when she came to see what the show was.

Imagine trying to explain to a mother you'll be right back, you just have to go cut her son's head off.
 
2012-10-11 09:04:12 AM

wildcardjack: IIRC, Alice Cooper was raised Mormon... I could be wrong


Yes and no. He was raised Curch of Jesus Christ. Not Mormon, but a branch of LDS. I don't know where it falls on the crazy spectrum, but there's the distinction.
 
2012-10-11 09:09:52 AM

B.L.Z. Bub: Because if there's a type of people known for staying within the boundaries of the law, it's musicians.


The only times I got in trouble with the law was when I WASN'T focusing on playing music. Both times I ended up in jail. As long as I have a guitar within an arm's reach, everything is right with the universe.
 
2012-10-11 09:17:39 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: It seems like every black dude I meet has a record label/movie studio so I guess it's working.


You've got to launder the drug money some where.
 
2012-10-11 09:24:22 AM
I'm 47 and just 'got the band back together'. I played in all orginal bands back in my youth and missed the whole rehersal, playing gigs thing. I'm in my first cover band with others my age and it is a blast! We're all together enough to be able to afford decent gear and it isn't life or death to make money at gigs. I'm sure we're displacing some younger bands and I feel kinda bad about that but in the dives we play you're not going to make any money anyway. So if you're older and you miss the 'band life' start a band and ROCK!
 
2012-10-11 09:58:53 AM
Vincent Damon Furnier is surprising normal it seems. Always has been more or less from what I can tell in interviews and other stuff he has said. Alice Cooper is just a stage act that was set up to be so shocking it would drive parents mad and cause them to forbid their kids to see it.

The parenst may have not thought their cunning plan all the way through, but Furnier and Zappa did.
 
2012-10-11 09:59:22 AM

stupiddream: I'm 47 and just 'got the band back together'. I played in all orginal bands back in my youth and missed the whole rehersal, playing gigs thing. I'm in my first cover band with others my age and it is a blast! We're all together enough to be able to afford decent gear and it isn't life or death to make money at gigs. I'm sure we're displacing some younger bands and I feel kinda bad about that but in the dives we play you're not going to make any money anyway. So if you're older and you miss the 'band life' start a band and ROCK!


Just did pretty much that. Got together with an old bandmate after 10 years and wrote all this in the past year: http://soundcloud.com/clay_tyson Still not sure if we want to gig though. Would have to add a few people to play all the parts and I hate musicians heh.
 
2012-10-11 10:10:38 AM
Off the streets and onto a couch.
 
2012-10-11 10:15:22 AM

Cythraul: Nurglitch: On the other hand, Alice Cooper has turned out horrifyingly normal. Dude's a little league coach, for Khorne's sake.

How does one become a little league coach for the blood god? I shudder to think of the sacrifice needed if your team loses.


Well, nobody said you couldn't sacrifice the winning team...
 
2012-10-11 10:28:06 AM
One thing I've noticed this time around is that all of the petty crap/drama I used to have to put up with is gone. We laid it out on the first practice and everytime we've added a new member that we're too old to put up with any bullshiat. We did have to have a couple of conversations with a guitar player who is newly divorced bringing skanks to practice, but we hashed that out pretty quick and he's been a good boy ever since. I find that when everyone understands that this is a hobby and not the end al be all, and that you will be called on you crap, things work out.
 
2012-10-11 11:10:28 AM

wingnut396: Vincent Damon Furnier is surprising normal it seems. Always has been more or less from what I can tell in interviews and other stuff he has said. Alice Cooper is just a stage act that was set up to be so shocking it would drive parents mad and cause them to forbid their kids to see it.

The parenst may have not thought their cunning plan all the way through, but Furnier and Zappa did.


This.

He's been married to Sheryl since 1976, their kids are either working with the band or in college, his mom took his money and invested it so it wouldn't get lost. If it wasn't for his job, he'd be "Ozzy & Harriet".
 
2012-10-11 12:01:44 PM
Professor Harold Hill could not be reached for comment...

/Oh ya got trouble...
 
2012-10-11 12:18:44 PM
We have auto tune now, so you don't have to be good, you just have to fit in the suit
 
2012-10-11 12:54:12 PM

Nurglitch: On the other hand, Alice Cooper has turned out horrifyingly normal. Dude's a little league coach, for Khorne's sake.


Unlike Ozzy, Vincent (Alice) always was normal. He never took himself seriously/bought into his own press.

Neil Gaiman is extremely well adjusted too.
 
2012-10-11 01:03:52 PM
I'm to the point that I find it more interesting if someone's not in a band.
 
2012-10-11 02:13:27 PM

Onkel Buck: We have auto tune now, so you don't have to be good, you just have to fit in the suit


I blame Frampton
 
2012-10-11 02:26:31 PM
 
2012-10-11 02:32:15 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: [www.madmumblings.com image 600x410]

Here he is with that SHAM Liza Minelli


That's totally Bruce Campbell and Sam Rockwell standing there with Liza. I see no Alice Cooper in that picture.
 
2012-10-11 03:35:37 PM
Snark aside, if you have children and you actually care about them and our society, encourage them to learn and to practice playing music.
 
2012-10-11 04:03:24 PM
Yeah, they can be in a band just like every other schmoe under 25. Of those 8 bazillion bands, maybe as many as 10 of them end up making anybody a living. While there's some value in learning to play an instrument, I suppose, it's hardly a panacea.
 
2012-10-11 05:58:03 PM
wait, what? Alice Cooper played instruments? I thought he was just the singer / lyric writer.
 
2012-10-11 06:02:50 PM

forgotmydamnusername: Yeah, they can be in a band just like every other schmoe under 25. Of those 8 bazillion bands, maybe as many as 10 of them end up making anybody a living. While there's some value in learning to play an instrument, I suppose, it's hardly a panacea.


What an enlightened view. Tell me more about your rigidly defined and arbitrarily imposed signature of success.
 
2012-10-11 10:09:14 PM
Hello! HOORAY! Let the show begin. I've been ready.
 
2012-10-12 12:14:03 AM

RockofAges: forgotmydamnusername: Yeah, they can be in a band just like every other schmoe under 25. Of those 8 bazillion bands, maybe as many as 10 of them end up making anybody a living. While there's some value in learning to play an instrument, I suppose, it's hardly a panacea.

What an enlightened view. Tell me more about your rigidly defined and arbitrarily imposed signature of success.


Oh, go fark yourself. Being in a band doesn't keep you off drugs. In fact, it often makes them easier to come by. It doesn't necessarily keep you out of jail, it usually doesn't pay your bills, and it rarely produces any skills for which you will be compensated at above minimum wage. Your band being not financially successful, but successful in producing music that actually doesn't suck, well, that's a little more likely. Maybe that happens 5% of the time.
 
2012-10-13 11:47:32 AM
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2012-10-13 12:24:20 PM
Guitar looks like tranny without head legs hands but with huge schlong
 
2012-10-13 07:04:25 PM
My wife is a middle school teacher. Her kids actually told her "We don't like bands that play instruments!"
 
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