Alice Cooper tried not to let a little thing like being overlooked for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame get to him.

After all, he had built his reputation with horror-show stage antics and dead-end-kid anthems like School’s Out and No More Mr. Nice Guy. He had fashioned a persona of a pop-culture Professor Moriarty, a psychotic Captain Hook for rock ‘n’ roll’s Peter Pan syndrome.

And who’s going to grant a villain entrance into the hall of heroes?

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