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Cle Rocks . . . Alice Cooper @ 75

Thursday
09
Mar

A Shock Rock Talk

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission
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Alice Cooper @75 – A Shock Rock Talk

Alice Cooper bookAlice Cooper turns 75 on February 4 — quite a landmark for a guy who gets beheaded, hangs or is “killed” in any number of ways every night on stage. All of that is theater, of course, and for the past 50-plus years Cooper — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 — is the creator and king of rock ‘n’ roll theater. In conjunction with the landmark birthday Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com contributor Gary Graff has written a book, Alice Cooper @75, a lavishly illustrated, coffee table-style tome, complete with blacklight poster cover, that chronicles all aspects of Cooper’s life and career, on and off stage. The book gives us a chance to do the same, and we’ve assembled a panel of billion dollar (give or take) babies to immerse ourselves in the snakes, guillotines, gallows, chopped-up baby dolls and, most importantly, the enduring music that Cooper has created. Graff will be joined by John Gorman and Bill Peters.

Come ready to rock, and don’t forget your black mascara. Books will be available for sale and signing.

 

Host

Malcolm Abram

Malcolm X Abram


Malcolm X Abram is the music and entertainment reporter at cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. He is an award-winning journalist who has been embedded in and reporting on the northeast Ohio music scene for 20 years. He spent 17 years at the Akron Beacon Journal reporting on the city and region’s rich and varied music scene music including the ascension of the Black Keys and the homecomings of Devo and Chrissie and The Pretenders. Malcolm is a native of Oakland, California who also worked at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Macon Telegraph in Georgia.
 

Panelists

Gary Graff

Gary Graff

Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com contributor Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. He is a regular contributor to Billboard, Media News Group, Ultimate Classic Rock, Loudwire, Guitar Player, Music Connection, Consequence, and other publications, as well as to radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. In additon to Alice Cooper @ 75 he is the co-author of Neil Young: Long May You Run, Rock ‘n’ roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Famous Legends, and Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger, editor of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z, and the series editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guides. He is also co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards.
 
 
John Gorman

John Gorman

John Gorman began his broadcasting career operating a pirate radio station from the attic of his family’s South Boston home in 1962. In 1973 he moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station which he would help turn into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country. Following his 13 years at WMMS and WHK, Gorman started WNCX/Cleveland. He formed a national consultancy for radio stations and program syndicators before joining WMJI/Cleveland and taking them to the top in ratings and revenue. He became Vice President of Programming for their parent company, OmniAmerica’s radio chain.

Gorman also founded a media consultancy, Gorman Media and conferred radio stations and program syndicators throughout the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Salt Lake City, and Buffalo and was a consultant to regional political campaigns. In 2000, he founded Radio Crow, an online portal for listening to worldwide radio stations and a precursor to TuneIn and RadioNet.

In 2007, Gorman’s book, The Buzzard, a memoir of his years with WMMS was released, which became a regional number one bestselling book. In 2014, Gorman formed WOW Media, with the intent of broadcasting radio on the internet. The following year, Gorman debuted his first station, oWOW, an adult contemporary rock station (billed as “Timeless Rock” for the 45-plus demographic), which had a six-year run but ceased broadcasting due to advertising losses during the pandemic. WOW Media remains active and plans to return to online broadcasting later this year.

Among other accolades, Gorman has been named the Pop Music Survey’s Radio Consultant of The Year and Operations Director of The Year, and was inducted into the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Rock Radio Hall of Fame.
 
Bill Peters

Bill Peters

Nobody in Cleveland knows hard rock and heavy metal better than Bill Peters, founder of Auburn Records and longtime metal DJ at WJCU FM 88.7. Peters is one of the most respected metal moguls on the international rock scene, with a 40-plus year history of helping local bands like Breaker, Shok Paris, Destructor, Purgatory and the Manimals reach a worldwide audience. Peters worked at the Warner Music Group in Cleveland from 1981-2009. He was regional marketing and sales representative in his last position there for many years. Alice Cooper was on the Warner Bros. label for many years.

Peters knows his rock history and can wax poetic about Alice Cooper or Black Sabbath or Deep Purple. So what does he think of Cooper?

“Alice Cooper was my gateway to hard rock and heavy metal music. “School’s Out” was the very first record I ever bought. I was 12 years old in 1972. I heard it played often on CKLW. I loved the song but thought it was strange the singer sounded so much like a guy. I was in a grocery store with my mom several months later and saw a rock magazine featuring the band. Alice was on the cover. I couldn’t believe Alice really was a guy! That was the first time I had seen him (there was no internet back then!). Every time I heard the song on the radio, I had thought Alice was a girl who sounded like a guy. The inside of the magazine had a ton of live shots of the band and their outrageous theatrical stage show with snakes, guillotines and electric chairs. It was soooo cool. That sealed the deal for me. My life was forever changed. I’ve been a diehard fan ever since!”
 

Jules Belkin

Jules Belkin

Jules Belkin’s importance to Cleveland’s rise as a destination for musicians of all genres is evidenced by the thousands of concert tickets bearing his family’s name now stowed away in old cigar boxes. It’s been more than half a century since he and his brother, Mike, produced the first Belkin Production — a double bill featuring The Four Freshmen and The New Christy Minstrels. The company would go on to pioneer and dominate the concert industry in the Midwest throughout the peak days of rock and roll, including the stadium series known as The World Series of Rock. They sold their operation to Live Nation in 2001, but even today, many artists’ appreciation for Cleveland is due largely to having worked with the Belkins.

Still, even while discussing the business, Jules is very matter-of-fact about it all. The brothers sort of stumbled into the business while working for their family’s clothing store and doing some booking on the side. “When we started the business, it was relatively new. There were no guidelines,” said Jules Belkin, who handled the marketing and production aspects while Mike handed most of the bookings. “There were no examples to go from. Nothing out there. Everything out there was being improvised on both sides of the concert stage — performer and promoter. Everything was by the seat of your pants.”
 

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