He’s the king of shock rock, the ultimate Detroit spinner, a legend in his own lifetime and lucky to be alive. He’s Alice Cooper.

Next Monday sees the Coop release the long-awaited follow-up to his debut solo album – Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

And all this week we’ll be celebrating the life and times of our favourite survivor with a look at what we love most about the golf-loving madman – culminating in a track-by-track review of the new record on Friday!

To kick things off here’s rushonrock‘s essential guide to the man himself. 

Real name: Vincent Damon Furnier

Stage Name: Alice Cooper

Born: o4.02.48

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Son of…a preacher man

Early track…and field star

Insecty side: Named early bands The Earwigs and The Spiders

Nazz you were: Todd Rundgren’s Nazz forced another band name change in 1968 to…Alice Cooper

Alice band: The Alice Cooper band established the brand – Alice Cooper has only existed as a solo artist from 1975

In the money: 1973’s Billion Dollar Babies was a number one album on both sides of the Atlantic

Single success: School’s Out was the Alice Cooper Band’s only number one single – hitting the top spot in the UK in 1972

Poison chalice: Cooper has never hit number one as a solo artist – 1989’s Poison falling one place short in the UK singles chart

Rubbish sales at home: Trash was Cooper’s last Top 50 US Billboard Chart album – 20 years ago

Welch-ome To My Nightmare: Cooper reportedly dated actress Raquel Welch in the mid 70s

Hospital Dash: Father of three Alice has two daughters, Calico and Sonora Rose, and a son, Dash

Elected…to give up alcohol in the mid 80s after becoming addicted to drink and hasn’t touched a drop since

Alice Cooper Goes To Hell…or does he? The Coop is a born-again Christian!

Love It To Death: Golf is Cooper’s biggest passion and the 63-year-old plays off a two handicap

Fame At Last: Earlier this year the Alice Cooper band was finally inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

Feed My Frankenstein: Alice Cooperstown is a Sports Bar with a difference owned by the man himself in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona

Raise Your Disc And Yell: Nights with Alice Cooper is one of the most popular classic rock shows in the US