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"The Godfather of Shock Rock," ALICE COOPER is a legend - and one whose career has spanned six decades. In fact, Cooper and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and way back in 1978, the man who allegedly took his name from a Ouija Board made his way to THE MUPPET SHOW, on which he revealed himself as an Agent of The Devil, offering THE MUPPETS "fabulous riches and Worldwide fame" in exchange for their felt-covered souls. While he may not have succeeded in snatching the heart of Kermit, Cooper did manage to break out memorable performances of "Welcome to My Nightmare," "You and Me," and "School's Out," all while backed by Muppets and Monsters alike. ALICE COOPER's 1978 appearance on THE MUPPET SHOW lands at Day 2 on 31 Days of Halloween 2014, a special "Throwback Thursday" edition. Watch the full episode below.

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This weekend, moviegoers will hopefully be headed to the cinema in droves to see the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is released. I've long-held that it's the most "out there" of the Marvel movies thus far, and one that might be confusing to folks only familiar with the bigger name Marvel heroes like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN or THE X-MEN. By now, you've likely seen the marketing materials, and noticed at the forefront a little guy with a very big gun... ROCKET RACOON. Now, you might think that this character is CGI, but you'd be mistaken. While it's true that Bradley Cooper is providing his voice this time around, Rocket is very much the real deal, and in the years prior to his service with Groot and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), he was known to roll with yours truly. Yep, it's time for Throwback Thursday with Rocket Racoon and The Rock Father, circa 2008!

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The Rock Father is a member of the Netflix Stream TeamThrowback Thursday: That weekly celebration of those old photos, life experiences and more often than not, a look back at our youth. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, one thing that I've noticed is that all of those things can come into play, which is why I'm doing a #TBT Edition Netflix post this week, and while I highlight a few throwbacks worth watching, I'll also give you a shot to score three months of streaming for FREE... and let you know how you can find ME on Netflix. What? You thought that THE ROCK FATHER was only existing in your computer? Nope, I'm on Netflix, too!

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So here's an oddity: Two posts involving THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (here's the first one) here on The Rock Father... not only in the same week, but just about 24 hours apart. Yes, since CMT is airing the old DUKES episodes in HD for the first time this week, it seemed pretty appropriate to break this out for my Throwback Thursday post. I mentioned way back in March of 2012 that I once had the famed DUKES OF HAZZARD Power Cycle by Coleco - a "Big Wheel" of sorts that I received for my fifth birthday, back in 1981. Well, not only did I get the Power Cycle, but I also had a full-blown DUKES-themed Birthday Party that year, and now - for the first time ever - I'm getting to share pictures and video of both, all thanks to some newly-digitized Super 8mm home movies from my youth. Here we go... time for some #TBT action!

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I've said it before, and I find myself saying it again, if only for the new friends that are just finding THE ROCK FATHER and have no knowledge of my past: In a lot of ways, my teen years were like an early-1990s version of ALMOST FAMOUS. But, instead of it being Cameron Crowe hanging with LED ZEPPELIN and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND and writing about the experience for ROLLING STONE, it was me hanging with bands like FAITH NO MORE and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and writing about the experience for regional print 'zines like Oil, Slowfish, and The River Cities' Reader. Thing is, I also had a cable access show. The simply-titled "ZTV" ran for 40+ episodes from it's homebase in the Quad Cities from 1992-1994. One such adventure? A 16-year-old me going one-on-one with Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH in January of 1993. Yes, I had a mullet and a Vic Rattlehead shirt. And it was awesome.

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If you're reading this, it is my duty to make it known that you are reading a historic blog. Despite it being a common feature throughout the vast realm of cyberspace, I have never done a "Throwback Thursday." This is my first... and it's about that time when I went to PRISON. Actually, if we're being honest, I should admit that I've been to prison more than once.

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