Six 8" x 10" photos of Alice Cooper including two shots of his manager Shep Gordon's 1972 Piccadilly Circus publicity stunt
by [Cooper, Alice]; [Gordon, Shep]
Unknown: Unknown, 1972. Good. Six black-and-white photographs, 8" x 10." Possible publicity photos but no identifying marks or information. Photos are in Good or better shape with faint creasing down the middle; the snake photo has a marginal stain, and the tophat publicity photo has a stain that intrudes into the picture somewhat; photo of London bobbie next to flatbed truck has slight corner crease. Two photos are of Alice and his mates cavorting with topless women in what appears to be a basement; these seem way, way too risque to be publicity photos. Another is of Alice in top hat with cane surrounded by garbage cans; this one looks like a publicity photo. Includes an alternate version of Richard Avedon's snake photo, as well as two shots of the chaos it unleashed on London's Piccadilly Circus in a publicity stunt masterminded by Shep Gordon, Alice's manager. In a 2014 Guardian interview with Cooper Simon Reynolds writes, "A flatbed truck carried a giant billboard of Cooper, nude except for his pet snake [Kachina], through London, only to mysteriously break down in Piccadilly Circus, where a group of reporters and photographers just happened to be waiting to document the ensuing traffic jam and police fracas." "No matter what they say, do not move the truck," Gordon had instructed the driver. Cooper had been an unknown in the UK up to that point, with a nearly empty arena awaiting him. Gordon's stunt filled that arena and quickly became one of the legends of his marketing prowess. All in all an unusual selection of photos from the Detroit rockstar's early days, about which we could find little information.
(Inventory #: 140938707)
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