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 which the unruly behavior of the audience (depicted by Greene as pretty much an all-out attack on the band) forced the band to abandon the stage just ten minutes into the concert. It's also worth noting that among the participants in the 1973-1974 tour was magician James Randi (aka The Amazing Randi), who designed and built the aforementioned guillotine and operated it onstage as Cooper's "executioner." Very hard to find these days (even the paperback edition sells for $100+), all the more so signed, and especially with an inscription that provides something of a "bridge" between two musicians (Cooper and Wilder) from quite different worlds. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused in full at our website. (Not everything in that catalog is listed on whatever site you're seeing this.)] Signed by Author . (Inventory #: 22138)
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