Arte shows Alice Cooper documentary

On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 10:05 p.m., cultural broadcaster Arte will broadcast the 2014 documentary ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’.

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On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 10:05 p.m., cultural broadcaster Arte will broadcast the 2014 documentary ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’.

Scary make-up, fake blood and decapitated baby dolls – his stage shows are like a trip on the ghost train, said Alice Cooper once. The documentary traces the career of the inventor of shock rock. From the beginnings in the band The Spiders to Cooper’s later solo career from the mid-seventies. Welcome to Alice Cooper’s Nightmare!

He invented shock rock with scary make-up and a horror show: Alice Cooper. Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a priest, and later moved with his family to Arizona. For fun, Cooper took part in talent competitions with friends from the cross-country team, initially disguised as the Beatles. After a few changes of line-up, renaming and a move to Los Angeles, the group got a record deal. According to legend, a magical witch’s board is said to have spat out the final band name “Alice Cooper”.

Success and alcohol

Early albums didn’t sell badly, but it wasn’t until the rock anthem ‘School’s Out’ in 1972 that the international breakthrough came. Further chart bestsellers such as ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ followed. The band was on tour all the time. However, the stress and alcohol caused the band an ongoing dispute. Finally, Cooper claimed the band name for himself and started solo.

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WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE was the name of the rocker’s first solo album in 1975. Cooper continued to enjoy success, but the alcohol persisted. The horror rocker, who reads the Bible for twenty minutes after breakfast every day, is also a family man and raised three children together with the dancer Sheryl Goddard. In 2021 he released his 28th studio album, DETROIT STORIES.


The documentary features extensive archive footage, including images such as the famous scene in which Alice Cooper tosses the live chicken thrown onto the stage by a concert-goer into the crowd, which tears it to pieces. There are also companions like Pamela Des Barres, Bob Ezrin, Elton John, Wayne Kramer, John Lydon, Iggy Pop, Dee Snider and Bernie Taupin to speak; The documentation also shows excerpts from interviews with Vincent Furnier or his agent Shep Gordon. ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ underpins the legend of Alice Cooper – while she was still alive.

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’, 83 min., Next broadcast on Friday, June 11th at 10:05 pm.

For over twenty years, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have stood for clear, unadulterated and honest garage rock at its best. At the beginning of 2018 they released their eighth studio album WRONG CREATURES and toured with it through Europe, America and Australia. Their fans in Berlin’s SchwuZ were able to see for themselves that the Black Rebels are particularly powerful live.

The band from California with Peter Hayes (vocals and guitar), Robert Levon Been (vocals and bass) and Leah Shapiro (drums) are a force especially live. They have proven this at numerous festivals and tours over the past few years.

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Nevertheless, always picking up new topics and staying true to yourself is a challenge, as Peter Hayes says about the current album: “With each record, it becomes more and more difficult to express what you want to say and you are not trying to repeat yourself.” The fans were able to see all of this for themselves at the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club concert in SchwuZ at ‘Berlin Live’.

‘Berlin Live: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’, 62 min., Next broadcast on Saturday, June 12th at 1:40 am.

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