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Alice Cooper

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Last broadcast on Sunday, 11:15 on BBC Radio 4.

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Kirsty Young's castaway is the rock musician Alice Cooper.

As a teenager he says it was British music that he tuned in to - listening to The Beatles, The Yardbirds and The Who. He realised that while rock music had many heroes, there were few villains - that was the territory he marked out for himself. He developed his trademark look - blackened eyes, straggly hair and glamorous clothes - and set about designing live shows that were gleefully gory and macabre.

While critics have described him as 'the world's most beloved heavy metal entertainer', it took him a while to untangle himself from his creation. "For a long time I honestly didn't know where I began and Alice ended. My friends at the time were Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I was trying to keep up with them. And I realised when they all died that you didn't have to be your character off stage.".

Music played

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  3. The Who The Who I’m a Boy

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    The Who: The Singles, Polydor
  4. Laura Nyro Laura Nyro Timer

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  5. King Crimson King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man

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  6. Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Been Caught Stealing

    Composer: Perry Farrell/ Eric Avery/Dave Navarro/Stephen Perkins

    Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Warner Bros/Rhino
  7. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Work Song

    Composer: Adderley/Brown

    East-West, Elektra
  8. Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Ballad of a Thin Man

    Composer: Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Columbia

Broadcast

  1. Sun 21 Nov 2010
    11:15

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