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Starting Bid:
$2,875.00 (Includes 15% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:00:00 PM)
Time Left:
Auction #206 - Part II
Item numbers 1279 through 2976 in auction 206
Value Code:
M - $5,000 to $10,000 Help Icon
Item Description
In 1964, while attending Cortez High School in Phoenix, AZ., Glen Buxton debuted in a rock band called The Earwigs, (an obvious Beatles reference, as they lip-synched Beatles songs) during a high school talent contest. The band was composed of high school students Dennis Dunaway and Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper). They then taught themselves to play instruments and changed their name to The Spiders in 1965, and later to The Nazz in 1967. In 1968, to avoid legal entanglements w/Todd Rundgren's band of the same name, they changed their name to Alice Cooper. Included here are three hand-written letters between Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) and Glen Buxton to a fan/friend from Arizona. First is double-sided letter from Furnier, who signs as "Uncle Vinnie." This letter includes mentions of getting kicked out of school for having long hair, his heroes Chuck Berry and John Lennon, The Spiders finishing first place in a local Battle of the Bands and writing a new song w/Dennis Dunaway titled "You Blew Your Mind." Letter has been folded as mailed and is VF. Comes w/original hand-addressed envelope w/May 25, 1966 postmark. Light handling wear and uneven opening, Fine. Next are two hand-written letters (three-page and four-pages, respectively) from Buxton (1947-1997) to same fan. First letter mentions getting the new Yardbirds album (The Spiders opened for The Yardbirds in Tucson that same year), going to see The Animals in concert and learning Young Rascals songs. Letter has been signed "Glen A Spider" and has an added drawing of a spider. Letter has been folded as mailed and is Exc. Comes w/original hand-addressed envelope w/Aug. 9, 1966 postmark. Envelope has two more spiders drawn in pencil. Light handling wear and uneven opening, Fine. Second letter reads in part: "Some Idiot Has Been Following All The Guys At School Who Have Long Hair. He Takes Pictures Of Us. I Don't Know What For, But It's Pretty Weird! Maybe He's One Of Them!" Letter goes on to mention learning Young Rascals and Animals songs, playing various clubs and he mentions Beatles sheet music he sent fan to practice guitar to. Letter has been folded as mailed and is Exc. Comes w/original hand-addressed envelope w/Oct. 11 1966 postmark. Envelope has some scattered handling wear/aging and uneven opening, VG/Fine. Each letter was written on 8.5x11" lined notebook paper in blue ink. Comes w/typed letter from the fan Cooper and Buxton wrote these letters to, explaining her history/involvement w/them. Great insight into the early days of Alice Cooper! Comes with Hake's COA and Rockaway Records LOA.
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