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Some Kind of Creepshow – Alice Cooper’s Last Temptation

'People hate concept albums,' claimed Alice Cooper in a 1994 interview with the Australian edition of Smash Hits, shortly before the...

Enjoy the Show – Alice Cooper and the Man Behind the Mask

The first half of the eighties had not been kind to Alice Cooper. He had struggled through both alcohol and drug...

Crazy Nights and Fallen Angels – Did the 1980s Almost Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll?

While sex and drugs had long been the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll, the eighties took excess to a new extreme....

Devil Man – Charles Manson, the Beach Boys and the Death of the 1960s

1969 remains a landmark year in western pop culture. The old Hollywood system was threatened with extinction by the arrival of...

Mr. Self Destruct – The Downward Spiral of Nine Inch Nails

It was shortly after midnight on a humid August morning when three figures dressed in black climbed over the gates of...

Journal for Plague Lovers – Richey, the Bible and the Manic Street Preachers

At approximately seven o’clock on the morning of Wednesday 1 February 1995 twenty-seven-year-old Richard James Edwards quietly walked from his room...

Guns, God and the Government – How Holy Wood Was Marilyn Manson’s Call to Arms

Shortly before 11am on Tuesday 20 April 1999 two teenage boys walked through the doors of Columbine High School and while...

Who Dares Wins – Crazy Nights and the Commercial Rebirth of KISS

The eighties saw KISS enter something of an identity crisis. Having spent the previous decade championing hard rock anthems with their...