From the Inside is a concept album by Alice Cooper, released in 1978. It was inspired by Cooper's stay in a New York sanitarium due to his alcoholism. Each of the characters in the songs were based on actual people Cooper met in the sanitarium. With this album, the Alice Cooper Band saw the addition of three former members of the Elton John band: lyricist Bernie Taupin, guitarist Davey Johnstone, and bassist Dee Murray. Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans more than four decades.