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Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts (1991)

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This video documentary follows Alice's career from his discovery by Frank Zappa at the Wiskey-a-GoGo in Los Angeles to his "Hey Stoopid" album in 1991. It looks at his personal life, like ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Shep Gordon ... Himself - manager
Robert Ezrin ... Himself - producer (as Bob Ezrin)
Slash ... Himself
Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself
Glen Buxton Glen Buxton ... Himself (Lead guitarist 1968-1974) (archive footage)
Dennis Dunaway Dennis Dunaway ... Himself (Bassist 1968-1974) (archive footage)
Michael Bruce Michael Bruce ... Himself (Guitarist 1968-1974) (archive footage)
Neal Smith Neal Smith ... Himself (Drummer 1968-1974) (archive footage)
Kane Roberts ... Himself (Lead guitarist 1986-1988) (archive footage)
Kip Winger ... Himself (Bassist 1986-1987) (archive footage)


This video documentary follows Alice's career from his discovery by Frank Zappa at the Wiskey-a-GoGo in Los Angeles to his "Hey Stoopid" album in 1991. It looks at his personal life, like his long-time marriage to Cheryl and his battle with alchoholism, and professional relationships with his manager Shep Gordon and his producer Bob Ezrin. Written by Classic Camp <lbcamp1@yahoo.com>

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4 November 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts (1991)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good, if too short, look at Alice Cooper's rise to fame and his eventually downfall before getting a comeback in the mid-80s with his heavy metal albums. For its time this was the most complete look at Cooper and also featured some great interviews and concert footage. Viewing this seventeen years later there's no doubt that there's more footage out there but for what it is this is a very good documentary especially if you don't know the history behind the group or the solo stuff. As with most documentaries, the weakest part of this one is that we don't get to hear too much about the down period, which included albums like 'Zipper Catches Skin'. The highlights of Cooper's career, including 'School's Out' and 'Welcome to My Nightmare' have a lot of discussion about them. Alice talks about everything that was going on from the writings of the songs to various ways to kill himself on stage. One of the best stories has Alice talking about auditioning for Frank Zappa when the legend told them to show up at his house at seven. Alice and the buys showed up in the morning, which woke Frank up as he meant seven at night. Ozzy, Slash and a few others are also on hand to show respect. The concert footage is certainly one of the highlights here and contains some great stuff, although these full concerts have since been released. One would hope that someday the producer's will go back and extend this stuff with the post-Hey Stoopid period.

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