Books

Dick Wagner: Welcome (Back) To Alice Cooper Guitarist's Nightmare

Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician By Dick Wagner Desert Dreams Productions, LLC/Amazon.com, $9.99

While the name Dick Wagner may not be recognizable to the casual classic rock fan, deep trackers might know the singer/guitarist from his work fronting two popular Michigan-based acts in the '60s (The Bossmen and The Frost), efforts on stage and in the studio with Lou Reed, Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel, and even Tim Curry, and a solo career.

But Wagner is probably best known for his collaborations with Alice Cooper as his touring and studio lead guitarist during the latter half of the '70s. He also co-wrote with the master of shock rock many of his biggest hits ("I Love the Dead," "Welcome to My Nightmare," "Only Women Bleed," "You and Me").

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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