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How Alice Cooper Helped Change Punk Rock Forever

Rob Fenn

Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. 

If you were born and raised here, you’ve definitely heard Alice Cooper’s signature snarl on your radio. 

Growing up in Michigan, it’s easy to take a track like Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen” for granted — especially since homegrown acts such as Cooper and Bob Seger get some of their biggest airplay on metro Detroit stations.

Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen” is from his 1971 album, Love It to Death. Love It was Cooper’s third record and was a milestone album for the genre of metal and punk rock particularly.

WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper looks back at the seminal “I’m Eighteen” and how Alice Cooper influenced a generation of young punks in the United States and overseas.

Alice Cooper’s new live album A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris is out Friday, August 31st. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Alice Cooper

Aired on: CultureShift
About the Author

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Producer / Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.

hooper@wdet.org   Follow @hoopingtonpost

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