Alice Cooper: Legalize hard drugs, ban booze and tobacco

Posted Oct 26, 2011 by Kim I. Hartman
Rocker Alice Cooper, known for his wild lyrics, outrageous costumes, and onstage antics with props that included boa constrictors, fake blood, and electric chairs, has publicly called for the federal government to legalize hard drugs.
Alice Cooper  American rock singer. Taken at the 2007 Scream Awards.
Alice Cooper, American rock singer. Taken at the 2007 Scream Awards.
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The hard-rocking musician proposes instead of a ban on illegal drugs, authorities should "slap a ban on booze and tobacco," reports NME.
Cooper, 64, said in an interview with British magazine OK!, "The last thing I ever wanted to do was go to jail, and back then you didn't just get a slap on the wrist if you were caught with drugs. They put you straight in jail. You know, looking at statistics, I think drugs should be legal and alcohol and cigarettes should be illegal."
The shock-rocker, who claims to have stayed away from drugs during his heyday, and instead drowned himself in alcohol until 1983, when he became sober, said the laws needed to be reversed, claiming that "alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous," reports SFGate.
Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier, adopted the name of the Alice Cooper Band and recorded hit songs that included "Eighteen," "School's Out," and "No More Mister Nice Guy." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, following a career that spanned more then four decades. He went solo in 1975 releasing his first album entitled, "Welcome to My Nightmare."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography said, "During their Seventies heyday it was impossible to be indifferent about Alice Cooper. They were one of the first acts of the modern-rock era that forced people to sit up and take notice, engendering curiosity and controversy in equal measure."
Cooper's legacy continues with his recent controversial comments on legalizing all drugs.