"Super Duper Alice Cooper" begins its theatrical run today (April 30), which will take the film up to its DVD release in June.
Dubbed a "doc opera" rather than a formal documentary by its makers, the project details the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life and career with extensive commentary from Cooper, longtime manager Shep Gordon, original band members Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith and others, along with considerable rare and unseen footage.
Though he authorized it, Cooper tells us neither he nor Gordon exercised any editorial control over the film, even the most embarrassing moments:
Alice Cooper on criticism he received in his new documentary "Super Duper Alice Cooper" by GMI Rock News
"I'm really glad we left everything in. There were some flinches, a couple of stingers, and I totally got that...And there were a couple things in there that weren't really correct, things about how the name was hijacked by Alice Cooper. I had changed my name to Alice cooper long before the band broke up, so it wasn't like I hijacked the name. I had the name. But we didn't go back and correct it; we just said, 'OK, if that's the way they feel, we gave them the right on the video to say what they felt and we weren't gonna just go back and change it, y'know, just to save our own egos. Every once in a while when you get in a video...you get punched in the nose and you go, 'OK, next time I'll duck."
Cooper is finishing work on a new album dedicated to the "Hollywood vampires" he partied with during the early 70s and is also prepping for the July 2 kickoff of his tour with Motley Crue in Grand Rapids, Mich.