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Alice Cooper: Is it time for rock's oldest shocker to give up the gore?

Vincent Furnier may once have had his problems with crack and booze, but these days the 61-year-old is a Republican golf fanatic who teaches kids religion every Wednesday. So why can't he give up his alter-ego Alice Cooper, songs about serial killers and decapitating babies live on stage?

Rocker's horror movies recovered

Shock rocker Alice Cooper was being reunited with his beloved collection of more than 300 horror movies after his bag went missing at an airport.

Elmer Valentine: Promoter behind Los Angeles' Whisky a Go Go and Roxy clubs

When the policeman turned club promoter Elmer Valentine visited the Whisky à Gogo, Paul Pacine's Paris discothèque in 1963, he saw mini-skirted girls dancing to records spun by a disc jockey rather than to a live band – and had an epiphany. On his return to Los Angeles, in partnership with Shelly Davis, Theodore Flier and Phil Tanzini, he opened his own Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in January 1964 and decided to hire a female DJ to generate further interest in his new venture.

Credit Crisis Diary: Goodbye Norwich Union, hello Bruce Willis

There's no faulting insurer Aviva for the list of celebrities it has signed up to promote an ad campaign designed to explain why it is dropping the Norwich Union brand. It includes Bruce Willis, below, Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper and even Dame Edna Everage, all explaining why they once changed their name. There can't have been much change out of Aviva's £10m marketing budget once that lot were paid their fees.

'Ugly' Christ on cross is too much to bear for art judge

For the second year running, Australia's most prestigious prize for religious art has been overshadowed by a row over one of the paintings in the competition.

Nice Jumper, by Tom Cox

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Style Police: Monsters of goth

Irony goes into overdrive with the latest wheeze: the shock horror T-shirt, says JAMES SHERWOOD in his best Alice Cooper voice

Music: The Seventies aren't what they used to be

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Television: Tarrant contest

The only person making millions from Chris Tarrant's TV show `Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' is the former `Tiswas' custard king. But, as E Jane Dickson discovers, he still helps his daughter with her paper round. Photograph by Dan Burn Forti

First Night: Welcome to the Manson family

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Gold Dust: Glam rock's top 10 singles

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