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Greene, Bob
Billion Dollar Baby [*SIGNED*]
New York: Atheneum, 1974. New York: Atheneum. Very Good in Near Fine dj. 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. 0-689-10616-5 . [spine slightly turned, light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor bumping/cracking at corners (top and bottom), a couple of tiny ink spots on fore-edge; jacket bright and clean, with just a handful of faint wrinkles and puckers here and there]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the 2nd ffep, to (of all people) the iconoclastic American composer Alec Wilder. Greene's riveting chronicle of his several weeks on the road with the Alice Cooper band during late 1973, as they were riding the wave of their greatest commercial success, their "Billion Dollar Babies" album, and provoking middle-class outrage throughout the land with their outrageous faux-violent stage theatrics, which employed eye-popping special effects and props such as decapitated baby dolls. (The climactic highlight of the band's shows during this period was Alice's mock execution by guillotine.) The book was notable for its warts-and-all behind-the-scenes depiction of the rock life, including "the sexuality, the titillation of forbidden pleasures, the triumph of money over taste," in a "world of marathon recording sessions in New York studios, of dope and liquor and lavish hotel suites and thousands of fans screaming your name and nocturnal raps on the door from teen-age girls who adore you; a world of charter flights on luxurious private jets, of conniving and cruelty and planned outrage." Included is a harrowing account of a Toledo, Ohio, concert at … [Click Below for Full Description]
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