Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2001 Newsletter

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Indescribably Odd Tidbits From The Collections

Rock and Roll

James B. Newton was not just a University of Texas at Austin professor of drama. An artist and art director in Hollywood, he designed sets and costumes for television and theatrical productions, including rock concerts. This stage design for Alice Cooper's 1986 Scare Tour is one of eleven set models in his Ransom Center archive. The mechanical arms in the box model can be manipulated with a series of strings connected to a pull ring; a tiny audience lining front stage provides scale to the contraption.

Lisa Jones
Department of Manuscripts and Archives

stage design for Alice Cooper's 1986 Scare Tour

Alice Cooper's 1986 Scare Tour set mode. Ransom Center Collections. Photo by Pete Smith.


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