“It would be foolish to ignore the lessons learned by the rebel who reinvented his future at the precise moment that it became absolutely necessary!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Alice Cooper is someone who is, to me, a truly remarkable hero of inspirational reinvention!
And so on this April Fool’s, I wanted to assume his identity for but a brief moment of time! Take a good look. As they say, LOL! I should have been a rock star!
Alice’s voyage of reinvention is remarkable, every step along the way. I’ve read his book; studied his progress; examined his story. And of course, I was a fan right from 1972 with 18. (“And I like it!”)
The latest reincarnation of his work, though, has been my real source of inspiration for a few years – it’s in the form of the band Hollywood Vampires, a remarkable group of individuals. There’s Alice. Joe Perry. Johnny Depp. Duff McKagan, from Guns and Roses. Tortured souls, each and every one of them, all with a complex past, but who have discovered a shared sense of renewal through what almost seems to be a spiritual collaboration.
These are people who might have died had they not discovered their mutual hope for the future, and who took the steps necessary to reinvent. They are the survivors; they give tribute to those who did not manage to take the necessary steps at the moment when it was necessary to do so. It’s found at this moment, when they performed the seminal rock anthem of regret, People Who Died, by Jim Carroll.
The bottom line though – if I really had my choice, I’d be Johnny Depp, an actor playing in a rock band, with a rebel look but a recovery mindset. A hero – watch him in “Heroes” in this performance by the band. Inspiring!
Heroes, each and every one of them! These are some of the people in whom I find my inspiration.
And if I accomplish one thing in life, I want to play a round of golf with Alice. It would be epic! His golf game became core to his future to continually build a better life!
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