ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Alice Cooper's Mom

People who came of age in 1970s North America may recall the era as, well, morally lax.  Even now there is a hazy, Studio-54-styled nostalgia for the music scene in those years—particularly among septuagenarian rockers—that belies the seriousness of the infirmity, addiction, alcoholism, and violence that accompanied it.  No one is judging, of course.  But yesterday we learned that Alice Cooper owns an Andy Warhol masterpiece that he bought in the 1970s for $2500—and that it was his 92-year-old mother, bless her heart, who reminded him of it recently because she knew he'd been too wasted to recall it himself.  There's a lesson here.  Say no to drugs, kids, and always heed your mom.