From bars to pars 

Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock ‘N’ Roller’s 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict
By Alice Cooper with Keith and Kent Zimmerman
Crown Publishers; $24.95
260 pages

Traditional rehab thinking will tell you that there are 12 steps to sobriety. Alice Cooper's clean up path, on the other hand, was filled with holes. Eighteen of them to be exact, as is revealed in the Detroit native's new recovery tell-all.

Unlike many whiny rock star tomes on bad habits, Cooper makes no excuses; he was bored and liked to drink. Even though it was slowly killing him, he suited up and showed up for all of life's duties, onstage and off.

Cooper may no longer be welcoming you to his nightmare, but his writing is a welcome and straightforward trip into an interesting life. And, thankfully, there's no sobriety sermonizing. There are trivia tidbits: Who knew the band opened their set with the theme from The Patty Duke Show ("Patty likes to rock 'n' roll, a hot dog makes her lose control!" — shades of the Mutants! —Ed.) at Lenny Bruce's birthday party in 1968?

1973 was the year Cooper's golf addiction kicked in, after his production manager invited him to play a round. Despite the fact the Coop had no experience (and quite a lot of brewski inside him), he managed to smack the ball 160 yards. Where Cooper once filled the long, tedious hours between sets with endless rounds of beer, he now began to occupy the time with endless rounds of golf. Literally.

"I've been golfing now for 25 years," he writes, "an average of 18 holes nearly every day. I will never tire of the addiction." Whether it's inspiration, rock lore or golf tips you're looking for, they're all here. Go ask Alice.

Peter Gilstrap is a freelance writer. Send comments to

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