Detroit author commemorates Alice Cooper’s 75th birthday in new book

Gary Graff was 12 years old when he heard Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” on the radio and fell in love with his brash attitude.

Fifty years later, the song still resonates. And Graff is still following Cooper’s career, as the longtime Detroit rock journalist is now the author of “Alice Cooper at 75,” a new unauthorized biography of Cooper, the Detroit-bred rock and roller who died Saturday 75 years young.

Music writer Gary Graff has a copy of his new book, titled Alice Cooper at 75, at Found Sound Records in Ferndale.

“Music wouldn’t be the same if it hadn’t been for Alice Cooper,” Graff says, on the phone from his home in Beverly Hills (that’s Metro Detroit’s Beverly Hills, not Southern California’s). “There were showmen before, but he put real vaudevillian showmanship in rock and roll. It’s not going to be jeans and T-shirts anymore: we’re going to put on a show, we’re going to tell a story on stage.


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