Some Biographical info From Janice Buxton, Glen`s Sister:
"He had an almost compulsive appeal for WC Fields and used his quotes as often as possible.
He had an innate sense of humor and loved playing with words a-la Slip Mahoney(Bowery Boys). "That dimunendo is most staccato." He loved the movie West Side Story. That should be obvious from the references in the Alice Cooper music.
He loved Jim Morrison, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Les Paul, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, and many others.
He liked watching boxing and was honored and overcome with wonder when he was able to meet "Ali-the Greatest."
He loved photography, explosives (large firecrackers), guns, switchblades, astronomy, building models, antiques, Betty Boop, Wallace and Ladmo, old cars, old movies, cartoons, Mad magazine, trivia, and his favorite pastime of all, watching old television shows. He loved Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Alfred Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, etc. One of his very favorite newer shows was The Wonder Years. He also liked Beavis and Butthead.
Glen kept journals and he would write down quotes from shows that intrigued him or ones he thought were funny. Then he would play with them until they became his own. He put his own twists and turns on them. One I found in a journal was, "If my brain was lard, it wouldn't grease a very big pan." I could go on and on..."
A note from Glen's sister:
"I am very proud of Glen. He HAS pulled himself up out of the drug abuse and problems that interferred in his life previously. He does an interview show twice a month for a local PBS station. He has interviewed Weird Al and recently, Steve Vai. I just talked to Glen the other night. He sounded WONDERFUL. He is happy and very busy. You will be hearing about Glen more in the future. He said he has done more interviews in the last few months than he has done in along time. He has been more active in the past months and is very happy. I AM AMAZED at how well he sounds. Thanks for your interest. Please assure people, Glen Buxton is alive and well!"
(Janice (Glen's Sister), February 1997)
Glen was on a talk show called 'Just Testing'. He interviewed Steve Vai, Weird Al, and some others...he had a ball. We have a tape of some of his shows. Glen always loved television with a passion and was delighted to be on a show. ( I have always compared the show to Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World.) 'Just Testing' was a cable access show that was about to be picked up by PBS...and Glen couldn't wait to make his mark.
(Janice Buxton, May 1998)
I was reading 'Me Alice' and it said that Glen was the only one who knew how to play when they started out.
This is TRUE. Glen was the only one who could read music. He taught Dennis enough chords to get by for the first and famous letterman's talent show.
Glen started playing guitar when he was about 12. I know he took lessons while we were still living in Akron. He quit for a while and then started lessons again after we moved out to Phoenix.
The Official Press release:
Glen Buxton, 49, one of the founding members and the lead guitarist of the original Alice Cooper group, died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, October 19, 1997 at at a hospital in Clarion, Iowa.
Buxton was the co-writer of such rock n' roll classsics as "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," and "Elected," and played lead guitar on seven albums by the Alice Cooper group including the chart-topping "Billion Dollar Babies." Alice Cooper said, "I grew up with Glen, started the band with him, and he was one of my best friends. I think I laughed more with him than anyone else. He was an under-rated and influential guitarist, a genuine rock n' roll rebel. Wherever he is now, I'm sure that there's a guitar, a cigarette, and a switchblade nearby."
Buxton was born in 1947 in Akron, Ohio.
Alice Cooper Encyclopedia