These 20 Innocent Yearbook Photos of Iconic Musicians Show How Rock and Roll Can Take Its Toll

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Rock and roll was once considered an unbelievably damaging influence on the youth of America, and the genre was blamed for everything from riots to Satanism. Times have changed, of course, but there’s no denying that a rock and roll lifestyle can change a person.

20. Gene Simmons

As the Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons brought the world perhaps the defining image of rock, but he wasn’t always such a wild child. In fact, Simmons was once a sweet young man who practised guitar for hours at his home, makeup free. So you see, you simply never know who’s going to grow up to be a rock star – and these 20 pictures prove that beyond all doubt.

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Images: via Metal Sucks / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation

19. Alice Cooper

Back when Alice Cooper was Vincent Damon Furnier, he was a perfectly ordinary, perhaps even slightly geeky-looking guy. But a lifetime of fake blood, real drugs and a persistent urban legend about a chicken has seen him age disgracefully.

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18. Marilyn Manson

Be careful what sort of rules you set down for your kids. When Marilyn Manson – then named Brian Hugh Warner – was attending a Christian school, he fell in love with the very music that he had been warned not to listen to. The result? One of rock and roll’s most controversial figures.

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