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Alice Cooper - still shocking?
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper got his first record deal from the legendary Frank Zappa
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 4 November, Paddy O'Connell speaks to Alice Cooper about his remarkable double life -- dedicated family man and excellent golfer by day, leather-clad rocker by night.

Alice Cooper is the godfather of shock rock.

In the 1970s his stage shows featured guillotines, electric chairs and live boa constrictors.

Today after a career that's spanned more than 25 years he remains a hugely influential figure in the music industry.

Cooper compares his onstage persona to that of Hannibal Lecter but maintains it is still an act and nothing more.

In an age where reality television can create superstars overnight, why is there still such interest in his brand of theatrical rock?

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on Fridays on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 18:30 GMT and 23:30 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30

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