Denny Carleton

Alice Cooper

It wasn’t much longer after that we played with Alice Cooper. He had a small portable vacuum cleaner, a pillow and a rubber chicken. He strangled the chicken while the vacuum was running and ripped open the pillow so it appeared the chicken’s feathers were flying all over the place.

When Alice Cooper came off stage, I said, “Wow, that was quite a stage act.” Alice replied “I am trying to take people to that place (their subconscious) where they don’t exactly know the feeling they are having. I want to really reach their  hearts;  go beyond logic and get a true read of their emotions.” This is the same guy who just took a vacuum cleaner to a pillow.

Alice cooper was paraphrasing “in his way” what much of Modern art is all about. Some modern art scoffs at our logic. Modern  art  isn’t  Christian,  but the concept of our logic being insufficient is actually biblical in that way. God proclaims he will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will use the foolishness of the message of the Cross (1st Corinthians 1:18) to destroy what Man thinks is so important because people  can’t  know  God  through  their  own      logic.


 Quite a bit of Dada art and Surrealistic art came out of the horror that artists were feeling after World War I. The art which made no sense logically was rebelling against Man’s “so called” wisdom that had created the First World War.


I then saw Alice Cooper in the movie, Wayne’s World, and when Wayne or Garth says “Wow, you’re playing Milwaukee tomorrow,” Alice says “It’s not actually Milwaukee; its Milwaukee (accented) which is the Native American pronunciation.” That scene summed up what Alice was like when I met him. In your mind, you picture that you are going to meet a madman when you meet Alice Cooper, but he is an intellectual who cares about the correct pronunciation of words, getting past logic and into the inner fabrics of the heart.