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Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  862 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
The man who invented shock rock tells the amazing and, yeah, shocking story of how he slayed his thirsty demons--with a golf club. It started one day when Cooper was watching a Star Trek rerun between concerts, bored and drunk on a quart-of-whiskey-a-day habit; a friend dragged the rocker out of his room and suggested a round of golf. Cooper has been a self-confessed golf ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lars J. Nilsson
May 16, 2011 Lars J. Nilsson rated it liked it
So, I'm a Cooper fan. Let's get that straight from the start. So he probably could have completely screwed up with this book and I would still have enjoyed it. Luckily he didn't, although it's by no means a masterpiece.

It's kept short and sweet: this is a good thing as it's never getting pretentious, and as Cooper, at least to my mind, is all about entertaining. However, the backside of that is that you're never likely to get any meat with the story and after a while it feels like a long list of
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Wayne Simmons
Apr 28, 2015 Wayne Simmons rated it it was amazing
Excellent convo with the weird and wonderful Mr Cooper. Shock rocker, alcoholic, golfaholic and born again Christian: he definitely goes against the grain. I've always liked Alice and this book does nothing to change my mind on him. A true gentleman and great ambassador for the world of rock n' roll.
Jason
May 26, 2008 Jason rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Golfers, classic rock fans, and Alice Cooper fans
Recommended to Jason by: Mom and Dad
Yep, that's right - Alice Cooper. He's a Christian by the way - go figure! That's a pretty neat part of his story, and his whole story actually turned out to be a really good book. It was passed along to me from my dad, and it sat on my shelf for a few months. I was looking for an easy read one day, and I picked this up because I figured it had to be easy - Alice Cooper wrote it!

It's a combination of an autobiography and his 12-step program on BECOMING an addict - a golf addict. He replaced his
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Anna Todd
Jan 17, 2016 Anna Todd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Although golf is perhaps not my cup of tea per se I did get a lot out of this book. There really is more to it than Alice's golfing experiences and tips.
After finishing this book, I feel like I got to know a small part of the real Alice Cooper. The man has certainly led an interesting life, to say the least and really, still lives one. This is definitely someone that one should not 'judge the book by its cover," when making observations of Alice in costume.
For those put off by Alice's persona,
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Paul Myers
Aug 27, 2009 Paul Myers rated it liked it
The Father of Shock Rock shares tidbits from his 40 plus years of stage experience and how golf helped save him from the alcohol that was destroying his life and music. Half memoir, half golf-tips, Monster is not terribly revealing or instructional for that matter. The good news is that none of that matters because the stories are so entertaining. Alice finally gets to the bottom of the whole live chicken incident and is rather frank about his conversion to Christianity and his decision to ...more
Elisabeth Haljas
Nov 15, 2015 Elisabeth Haljas rated it it was amazing
That was a very insightful book to his life, struggles, music, and everything around it. It made it even more awesome that the audiobook was read by himself, made a massive difference. Even though I have no idea about golf in any aspect, I loved the book for the sake of getting to know what he went through when writing his music. Some albums make much more sense now and I actually yelled out 'yes!' when he said The Last Temptation was possibly the best album he ever wrote, and his own favourite. ...more
Eric
Jun 04, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read, almost as if you're playing a round with Coop and he's giving you pointers while he tells you his stories. As others mentioned, it's kept PG, but that's to be expected. Not a tell-all book by any means. Alice, at times, comes off justifiably arrogant. That's OK though, he's earned that both on the stage and the golf course.
renee
Jul 24, 2016 renee rated it really liked it
Fast-paced and intriguing story weaving sports and music together from the undisputed king of shock rock! Although it was hard for me to relate to the golf aspect as it is not my area of expertise, Cooper tells a great story showing his journey from alcohol addiction to channeling his energy into a more positive outlet in the form of a sport when not onstage performing!
Dave Thorner
Mar 02, 2014 Dave Thorner rated it really liked it
I have always been an alice cooper fan so it was fun for me to read about some of his escapades. I also liked the fact that he went back and forth from some of his rock and roll life experiences to chapters on nothing other than golf.
Vicki
Dec 28, 2015 Vicki rated it liked it
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Dr. Detroit
May 04, 2010 Dr. Detroit rated it really liked it
”There’s a certain arrogance about being a Detroit guy… To this day, if you’re from Detroit, you feel a sense of pride and acceptance and respect.”

Hmmphhh… More like a conduit for curiosity or fear radiating from strangers, looked upon as the first generation in our families to walk upright, fully armed at all times, marooned in the ideal locale for drinking a bottle of Lysol, getting stuck in a doomed relationship, and having our throats torn out by vultures, brazenly confident that if we can’t
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Megalion
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it it was amazing
He's such an oddity for a rock star... doesn't fit the "norms". I figured his memoir would be a fascinating story. It exceeded my expectations.

All the personal revelations are about him. He talks about his parents. But he's fairly mum about Sheryl (wife) and his kids. It's clear to me that it's out of a desire to keep those things to himself and not share *everything* with the world. You come away with knowing that he worships the ground Sheryl walks on.

(Name me one rock star who never cheated
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Bob
Feb 25, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bob by: Michael Tobias
Can't believe I read this, but since Michael T. recommended it -- and gave me the book! -- I found it interesting, not so much to know Alice Cooper better but for the rock'n'roll history, the insider views of celebrities like Groucho Marx, Salvador Dali, Peter Sellers, and of course the mind of a golf addict.

You and I and the rest of the planet are surely tired of reading of entertainers who went through treatment for chemical or alcohol abuse and how they did it. Coop -- what his friends call h
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Mark
Feb 03, 2008 Mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: recentlyread
Just look at the cover: What’s not to like? Alice Cooper AND golf! And that photo of Alice holding a pitching wedge dripping blood… OK, so the subtitle invokes the recovery cliché of 12-step programs and we know AC was a raging lush back in the day….but…Alice AND golf…. Of course, my fandom has limits; I loved Alice in his heyday and yes, went to concerts, I won’t say when that was (though some of you know I’m getting fairly long in the tooth…), and one of the reasons I (and I suppose a lot of ...more
Michael Smith
Dec 17, 2013 Michael Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I became a die-hard fan of Alice Cooper around 1972 when I was just entering high school. He was the perfect escape for a chunky little southern boy living in the fringes of poverty and dreaming of a world outside of Wellford, South Carolina. A world dominated by rock and roll, theatre, movies, books and magazines, Famous Monsters of Filmland and all things escapism. I read the early books, including his first autobiography, Me, Alice: The Autobiography of Alice Cooper with Steven Gaines with gr ...more
Megan Tully
May 28, 2013 Megan Tully rated it liked it
I'm a bit divided about this book if I'm honest. Parts of it I loved, other parts not so much.

To quickly skim over the negatives at times it felt a little like a sales pitch for the brands that Alice Cooper is linked to in the golf world. Other areas of the book seemed a little braggy for my liking.

Onto the positives though, which gladly outweigh the negatives, the book is dotted throughout with interesting anicdotes. Now I'm not a golf fan but I am a rock fan and this book introduced me to a ne
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Sebastien
Oct 08, 2012 Sebastien rated it really liked it
Shelves: bibliography
Ho que j'aurais aimer mettre 5 étoiles sur ce livre qui m'a fait vivre plein de moment heureux par la qualité de conteur qu'est Alice Cooper. Les premiers chapitre sont totalement magistraux et livré avec une aisance qui donne envie d'en lire plus.

Vers le milieux cependant on commence à voir un peu de redondance et on comprend aujourd'hui pourquoi il n'y a pas de film sur Alice Cooper. Oui il lui est arrivé des choses incroyables, des anecdote digne d'être raconté, mais à part de ça, il a eu en
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Andrew
May 20, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, biog-autobiog
as a fan of Alice Cooper the musician and performer I suspected I would enjoy this when I chanced upon the book in a charity shop...as such purchasing it involved very little thought.
As it goes this book was a fun quick read...in some ways you suspect there must be loads more stories Alice has to tell and as no lover of Golf I found those bits a little tiresome but still it was interesting to hear of Alice's unusual(in terms of contract..or lack of)with his manager ,the creation of some of his a
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Alicia
Nov 12, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it
I'm an Alice Cooper fan, and for the most part enjoyed this book.
Pros: It's Alice Cooper! :)
-Honesty about his faith (I have read many books where the author references vague spiritual leanings but won't boldly admit anything.)
-A glimpse of the rock and roll journey without all the dirt. There are some rock memoirs that are too much, IMO. Every sexual exploit of Slash doesn't interest me, but I now know more than I ever wanted to. Cooper alludes to experiences without walking you through them.
-I
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Brian
Dec 04, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Early a.m., December, 1975, I'm in Toronto. I'd exchanged an airline ticket so instead of New York, I was in Toronto. And still had to get to the west coast. So thank god and the grey dog. That was a midnite leave time. So I went to one of those new 6 theaters-in-one cineplexes on Yonge Street. And saw the Alice Cooper movie just out. I think I was the only one there for the matinee. That movie seemed to be the final nail for me and Alice. He'd got too something, smarmy or showbizzy. And I had ...more
Bill
Mar 27, 2012 Bill rated it liked it
It might help to already be a fan of Alice Cooper before you read this book. Or maybe you're curious about who he is and have a high tolerance for golf. Or maybe you really like golf and can't believe a guy named Alice does, too. Otherwise, there may not be enough here to keep you interested until the end. Personally, all three apply and I liked it.

This is a light, easyily read, personality book. It's all Alice all the time, written from the perspective of a man who's found himself (as well as J
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Chelsea Gouin
Mar 25, 2016 Chelsea Gouin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Alice Cooper really is the man, the myth, and the legend. This book covers the time when Alice was still little Vince, living in Detroit with a pastor father and getting in trouble playing pick up baseball games. It covers Alice's rise to fame, and his dissent into alcoholism. The story of him overcoming his demons shows Sheryl, his wife, at the heart of his recovery. It was a beautiful story of redemption, how Alice's love for his wife and family as well as being a newfound Christian helped him ...more
Cameron
Jul 25, 2011 Cameron rated it really liked it
Alice Cooper, rock's original "monster", creates an interesting book combining rock and roll with golf. He suggests that it was golf that saved is life and has helped keep him overcome his alcoholism. Having grown up during the time that Alice hit his career high point, it was fun to read about the connections that he had throughout his career. Viewed as a monster he really is a fairly normal guy behind the scenes. I was never a big fan of his music yet found this book to be worth the read. It ...more
ben
Jan 14, 2016 ben rated it really liked it
This book would have completely earned a 5 star rating, except I cannot stand golf. Alice does his best to entertain and that kept the book out of the three star range, and I can appreciate how much the sport means to him as a recovery tool but it just holds no interest for me. Making your way through the memoir is worth it though, the amount of stories and people Alice has been fortunate to meet and be apart of it staggering. Alice does what he does best, entertain, and while some of the ...more
Robb Bohannon
Jul 25, 2016 Robb Bohannon rated it it was amazing
My rating might be based on my sheer fandom, as he makes my Barbara Walters Ten Most Interesting People list hands down. I discovered Alice Cooper in my adult years and fell in love with the music. Then, the more I learned I found him to be a really interesting guy - crazy rocker, recovered alcoholic, dedicated husband, scratch golfer, and devout Christian. I always appreciate in biographies when writers are honest about their mistakes - which Cooper looks back on as bumps in the road that ...more
David
Feb 05, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
Alice Cooper is one of my all time favorite singer/entertainers. This book was great, but I can't get enough, so of course I'd love something even more detailed. As you would expect from the title, in addition to his life story, you get tidbits of golf advice and stories from this very good golfer.

Just finished the audio book version read by Alice himself. It is an abridged version, but a pretty entertaining listen nonetheless. It's cool to hear these books in the author's own voice as it adds s
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John
Mar 30, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best hard-rock memoir I've ever read...at least, it is in the parts that deal with music. Alice's career in music is a far cry from his career in golf, and almost any reader is bound to enjoy one aspect of Alice's life a lot more than the other, making half the book a fairly dull read and the other half totally riveting. Alice's writing is smart and engaging--unlike that of, say, Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries. I've been lucky enough to see Alice in concert twice, and in both instances ...more
Ján Dráb
Feb 06, 2016 Ján Dráb rated it liked it
It seemed to me like Alice Cooper wanted to write a book about golf and he knew that it would not sell well so he decided to add brief autobiography there. The final product is more or less funny book but the only topic it goes deeper in is golf. Coop's bio is polished and he is silent about lots of things (crack), as a fan I barely got any new info. He almost doesn't comment his music and most of the albums/songs are mentioned only briefly. Also the co-authors/editors fail to meaningfully ...more
Bert Edens
As an Alice Cooper fan for decades, I figured I would enjoy this book simply because it was by and about Alice. It was nice to read a admittedly skimmed version of Alice becoming who he is today: A seasoned rock 'n roller who is addicted to golf and God.

I have seen several people comment that Alice's relating his Christian belief is too in-your-face in this book. I really didn't get that, even though I don't share the same faith as him. He was simply relating who he is today and how he got there
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Robert Nelson
Jul 04, 2016 Robert Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I am a huge Alice Cooper fan. I have been since my father gave me his 45 with Go To Hell on Side A and I Never Cry on Side B from Alice Cooper's Go To Hell Album back in 1986. So when I saw this book I knew one day I would have to read it. Now I am not a golfer but I loved how he compared golf with being a rock star, he even throws in his own golf tips through out the book as he tells his story. I loved the stories of him growing up and becoming the Alice Cooper Band. This to me, being the ...more
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