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New Alice Cooper Documentary To Come Out In 2012

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My man Alice Cooper has been in the music headlines a lot lately, with his current tour in support of his newest album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his guest host appearance on a television game show, his Halloween haunted house ride and more. Now, the 63-year-old legend is getting his very own documentary that will allow his fans to get a behind-the-scenes look of his life and career.

The documentary will be done by Sam Dunn of Banger Films, who is responsible for Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and the current series Metal Evolution. He recently discussed the vision for the film and how he will approach putting it all together:

We know Alice through various projects that we’ve done, he said. We interviewed Alice for ‘Headbanger’s Journey’. He’s also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] ‘Metal Evolution’, both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He’s a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He’s one of those musicians that maybe he hasn’t had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the ’70s. . . We’re in the early stages of telling the story of his career. We’re probably going to focus in on his early years up to his comeback in the ’80s. We’re exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won’t be talking heads; it’s going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career. He’s such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way. I think we’re just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for ‘Metal Evolution’. So it’s really the story of Alice’s career from the ’60s right up to the ’80s and everything he went through — the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place.

As of now, the film will be debuted in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It sounds very promising and like it will do his life and career justice.

Who would you like to see have a documentary?

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