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Detroit, United States (1964 – present)

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer and musician whose career has lasted nearly five decades. He is often referred to as the founder of due to his gory, theatrical performances. Cooper’s music influenced many musicians and helped shape the sound of and early . The original Alice Cooper band played mostly with a image. Since the beginning of Cooper’s solo career in 1974, he has experimented with many different musical styles. These include , , , , , and . In recent years Cooper has returned to his roots.

The original Alice Cooper group started in March 1964 as The Earwigs, a The Beatles cover band. After a couple of name changes, they settled on Alice Cooper in 1968 and the group became known for their theatrical and shocking . The group wore heavy make-up and women’s clothing on stage. They were one of the first bands, preceded only by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

Alice Cooper was originally the name of the band. Under this name, they released several albums before the band dissolved and Vincent Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper, thus making Alice a solo artist instead of a band.

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