Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone - 30th September 2004

Rolling Stone
(September 30, 2004)

Originally Published: September 30, 2004

Alice Cooper: Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Roanoke, Virginia, March 1972

"That was our snake, not Annie's," says Alice Cooper. "Her name was Kachina. I was actually afraid of snakes, but I figured that Alice should have one. We were about looking at your fears."

The four-foot boa constrictor lived with Cooper and the band in a thirty-five room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. "Most girls would have been taken aback," says Cooper. "But Annie [Leibovitz] just got in there and started directing the snake. 'Move the tail over here, the head over there.'"

"That was the beginning of the end of real music for me," says Leibovitz. "Alice [was] more about entertainment than music. Most of the musicians I'd photographed had only a vague inkling of themselves as entertainers."