It's fair to say that Vincent Furnier made musical history when he became Alice Cooper; an androgynous shock rocker who spent his teenage years pursuing a career in rock, and certainly not following in his preacher father's footsteps. From his inception, Alice Cooper went against the grain of what is accepted in modern music with over-the-top, gore-filled live shows which at one point saw a chicken get unwittingly murdered by his audience. However, the fun soon got out of hand when Alice Cooper and his band got fully submerged in the rock 'n' roll world of alcohol and drug abuse. Setting up the drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper would be hospitalised more than once for his substance abuse issues, getting so obsessed with that world that he would not even be able to remember large chunks of his recording career.
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Bernie Taupin - **File Photo** Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of the exhibition. at KM Fine Arts LA Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th May 2014