The first ever National Album Day(UK) takes place on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. The entire British music community is coming together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the album format.
National Album Day UK Ambassador Alice Cooper, said:
“It would be very hard for me to do something that didn’t follow the album format. It’s hard for me to simply write twelve songs. It’s in my nature to connect them somehow.
“It’s really neat that this post-millennial generation is buying albums again. I’m from a period of time where the release of a new album was an important thing: you stood in line, you bought it, you invited a bunch of friends, you opened it up, and there was a smell to the vinyl. You checked out the sleeve to discover who was on it, who wrote it. You placed the needle down – it was a ritual.”
At 3:33 (r)pm on October 13th people will be encouraged to stop what they are doing, sit back, relax and play an album of their choice in full from start to finish.
Let it be known what album you chose by using the hashtag #NationalAlbumDay and handle @AlbumDayUK.
I am eager to get an autographed copy of Dennis Dunaway‘s forthcoming book, Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!
I’m trying to decide if I attend the official launch at the Strand Book Store in the East Village of New York City on June 9th. This event will feature co-author Chris Hodenfield, live music from Blue Coupe the angry orphans supergroup of Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper), Joe and Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) and Manic Panic, Tish and Snooky.
Or attend the July 16th book signing event in Westport, CT at the Barnes & Noble. The pros of the Westport event is it’s much closer, just a car ride of 30 mins without traffic, train and subway fare.. It appears there might be acoustic music that night but probably not the same order of magnitude of the Strand event.
Yesterday I wrote about the Super Duper Alice Cooper rockumentary. Today’s post is a companion reference about Alice Cooper’s manager, Shep Gordon and yes they are both in each of these documentary films. 😉
I was reading about Mike Myers (Austin Powers, SNL fame) curious to know what was going on with him when I learned about his latest project, a documentary called, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. I Googled to find out more about, Mike Meyers, the film and its subject Shep Gordon. It turns out Mike Myers and Shep Gordon are long time friends and this documentary is a labor of mutual respect.
In his directorial début, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will be available in cinemas on July 18th. Cool!
Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the most outrageous rock star of his generation.
This unique “doc opera, ” a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera goes from the early days of Alice as the frontman for a leading edge rock band in the sixties through the hazy decadence of global celebrity in the seventies and on to his comeback as the glam metal godfather in the eighties.
This is the tale of Alice and Vincent battling for each other’s souls.
I dug around on the Web and I found this guest appearance of Arthur Brown performing with Alice Cooper and his band on Halloween in London. (I love seeing Alice Cooper live on Halloween.) I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Alice Cooper appears on the next Arthur Brown album. Arthur Brown’s influence on Alice Cooper is logical.
The quote below from Arthur Brown comes directly from his Pledge page:
I need your help to raise the money to make this exciting project happen. I have been known as someone who always brings new things to the musical scene. And this is no exception.
The presentation will include new technology, and things not seen before. When I replaced the drummer with a drum machine in my band Kingdom Come in 1973 It was a new idea. So new that people laughed at it. Yet 5 years later it became what many bands did. It led in fact to the beat boxes and drum machines which defined much of rock music from then on.
What I am about to introduce is as revolutionary as that and will be revealed with the release of this new album. So help us get this thing rolling. We need you to pledge the money to bring this show and album to the masses.
I hope his tour plans include some concerts in the USA and that we can attend them. I am eager to discover what revolutionary presentation technologies Arthur Brown has in store for us.
It was a gas getting back in league with Arthur Brown’s art again. I have always dug his song, “Fire” and the album cover art of the Atlantic album it stems from, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
What a contrast after seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent last night at The Shubert Theater in New Haven.
This will be our first Marilyn Manson concert and our third Alice Cooper show.
There will be some extra perks tonight such as seeing the articulate female guitarist Orianthi who plays for Alice Cooper and seeing the opening act Picture Me Broken which features the singing talents of Layla Brooklyn Allman, Greg’s daughter.
I was watching the VH1 Classic channel today on cable. The series Metal Evolution produced and hosted by Sam Dunn, metalhead turned anthropologist produced lots of interesting video and interview footage.
My favorite interlude today was the episode “Early Metal U.S.” which focused on Detroit, Michigan’s influence on metal music, in particular the significance of Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper was signed by Frank Zappa for his Straight Records label. They produced surreal, experimental rock theater set against one of the tightest sounding rock bands ever. The band consisted of of Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper) on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar and drummer Neal Smith. They were a monster of a band you immediately respected.
The recording that set me on my ear with Alice Cooper was Love It To Death. The hit, “I’m Eighteen” epitomized the dichotomy of being at 18 years old, both a boy and a man. I liked the irreverence of the cover photo where Alice Cooper stuck his thumb through the front of his pants to resemble a cock. The album played through so well you ended up loving it to death every time you played it. My second favorite song was the “Ballad of Dwight Frye“, being a melodrama film fan, I thought it was so cool that a band would perform a song about an actor who spent much of his life in an insane asylum. If you contrast Dwight Frye’s actual existence with the character, Renfield that he played in the Universal Studios class, Dracula, art imitated life. Who can forget that the hospital worker says, “He’s crazy” when asked about Renfield’s behavior at the asylum.
One of the aspects I love about New York City is that it is the entertainment capital of the world and its closeby. I keep meaning to hop a train to Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and walk over to witness as a star-gazer the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. Its held every year at the Waldorf Astoria, Wouldn’t you just love to have been invited to this gala?
The performer Inductees are:
· Alice Cooper was inducted by Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
· Neil Diamond was inducted by Paul Simon
· Dr. John was inducted by John Legend
· Darlene Love was inducted byBette Midler
· Tom Waits was inducted by Neil Young
Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients (nonperformers):
· Jac Holzman was inducted by John Densmore (the Doors)
· Art Rupe was inducted by Lloyd Price
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence (previously the Sidemen category):
· Leon Russell was inducted by Elton John