Alice Cooper Was Inspired By Children's Symphony

(Gibson) Alice Cooper is voicing all the characters for what he describes as a "souped-up version" of the Prokofiev symphonic classic, Peter and the Wolf. Strange as that may seem, the veteran shock rocker tells Billboard that the much-loved children's symphony might have helped sow the seeds for his own albums.

Cooper says his that in grade school, his teachers would sometimes shutter the blinds, silence the class, and drop a phonograph needle on a recording of Peter and the Wolf-treating Cooper and his classmates to the riveting story set to music.

The impact of those listening sessions may have later loomed large, Cooper speculates. "I've always worked in concepts," he says. "I very rarely do an album that's just songs, that doesn't have some beginning, ending and a story line. And so I probably related to this way early in my life and it came out later on. Read more here.

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