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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:02 am
Alice Cooper and Bob Hope
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publishers Lunch reports the sale of a new celebrity memoir:

Rock star and scratch golfer Alice Cooper’s ALICE COOPER, GOLF MONSTER: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, a golf and recovery memoir that chronicles Cooper’s devotion to a game that helped him battle his demons and overcome alcoholism, promising to be “completely candid about his career, his drinking, and his recovery,” to Luke Dempsey at Crown, for publication in May 2007, by Scott Waxman at the Waxman Literary Agency.

There’s more detail in the New York Post, in Keith J. Kelly’s “Media Ink” column:

He’s now a syndicated DJ on classic rock stations, and in 1994 became a born-again Christian.

He still plays about 100 gigs a year, and the shock-rock routine still rules. But he also manages to play golf nearly every day and is said to be one of the better celebrity golfers at the Bob Hope Classic. Golf, more than anything, is what helped him stay more or less straight, he said.

I’m happy that Cooper’s got his drinking under control, and, obviously, it’s difficult for rockers to make graceful transitions to maturity–but damn it, this really taints my memories of teaching myself guitar by playing along with “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Golf and rock don’t belong in the same sentence–and if you would have told the young Alice Cooper that he would one day play in the Bob Hope Classic, he would have laughed until tears ruined his makeup. Once you’ve written (or dictated) a “golf and recovery memoir,” it’s time to hang up the leopard-spotted boots.

3 Responses to “Alice Cooper and Bob Hope”
  1. Carlos Says:

    My wife, who works for the Chicago Cubs, has a story about Alice coming to Wrigley Field. His people requested a switch in his seat location because, “Mr. Cooper is chilly.” How un-metal is that?

  2. Bill Says:

    I must offer one timid word here in defense of golf. Whenever a celebrity outs himself as a golfer–from Willie Nelson to John Updike–somebody writes about how appalling it is that such a fine singer, writer, heavy metal star, etc., would stoop to playing golf. Yes, I’ll give you the clashing archetypes (rock star and golfer), but eventually, don’t you think we could start to modify golf’s rich-guy image just a bit?

    To help in that process, I recommend a fabulous first novel (to be reviewed in Booklist in January) called Back Nine by Billy Mott. This tale of real life in the caddyshack is as gritty as any of the pool books Keir recommended a couple of days ago, and the author’s reflections on what a well-hit golf shot feels like will remind Hustler-fans of Fast Eddie Felson explaining how sometimes the cue becomes an extension of his arm.

    So, yes, golf and heavy metal make strange bedfellows, but don’t forget that golf is more than country clubs, Bob Hope, and, for God’s sake, O. J.–all of whom are bad for the game.

  3. Keir Says:

    Bill, point well made–and point taken. (I grew up with Caddyshack, after all.) But I’d have a lot more respect for Alice if he were playing on a public 9-hole course with some of his roadies than playing the Bob Hope Classic with Carson Daly and Rush Limbaugh (or if he’d at least wear a concert tee and ripped jeans instead of golf togs while he did it).

    Back Nine sounds really good. The author name also sounds like a pseudonym for “Bill Ott.”


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