Back before Alice Cooper was known only as one man, it was the name of an entire band.
And that band’s bassist was Dennis Dunaway, who co-wrote Alice Cooper (in terms of either the band or the man) hits like “School’s Out” and played on iconic albums like Billion Dollar Babies.
Dunaway has now released his story of the band’s formation and his time in the shock-rock group, which included its early 1970s rise to fame. His autobiography’s title happily references the band’s stage theatrics: SNAKES! GUILLOTINES! ELECTRIC CHAIRS! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group.
Dunaway and Vincent Furnier (now known as Alice Cooper) began playing in a band together as teenagers in Phoenix, and according to quotes for the book, Cooper still considers Dunaway a friend. Alice Cooper Group producer Bob Ezrin also calls Dunaway’s version of the band’s story “one of the most colorful, insightful and entertaining.”
Still involved in the music business, Dunaway now plays with the band Blue Coupe, featuring former members of Blue Oyster Cult.
Here’s Dunaway a “few” years ago, in a 1972 performance: