Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group
By Dennis Dunaway with Chris Hodenfield
(Thomas Dunne Books)
Dennis Dunaway has always been one of the more intriguing members of the original Alice Cooper band; even though many of the stories he shares here have been told before, his perspective adds some new interest. Familiar tales like the notorious “chicken incident” in Detroit, or their early morning audition for Frank Zappa before they were signed, are all included. Yet Dunaway manages to make them all still somehow seem new.
He also paints a vivid picture of lesser-known events in the band’s career, from the recording process of the first, more-obscure Cooper album (1969’s Pretties for You), to the origins of how the band first incorporated a boa constrictor into their live sets. He even touches upon those moments not highly well-known, such as what Dunaway and his family endured through more inactive times in the ‘80s, as well as the last few years of former bandmate and Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton in the ‘90s.
Maybe I am a tad bias, but as someone who has read a lot of rock bios (and I do mean a lot), I can honestly say Snakes is handled with grace, and full of excitement. To put it quite simply, it’s one of the best of its kind out there. (Jesse Striewski)