Dee Snider life and biography

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Dee Snider biography

Date of birth : 1955-03-15
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Astoria, Queen, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-19
Credited as : Heavy metal singer, actor, Twisted Sister

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Dee Snider is an American heavy metal singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He was ranked 83 in the Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalist of All Time.

Born in Astoria, Queens, Snider grew up in nearby Baldwin and graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1973. As a child he sang in a church choir, several school choruses, and Baldwin HS Concert Choir. He also was selected for the All State Chorus by singing. While in eighth grade, Snider was in a Black Sabbath cover band.

Lead vocalist for the 80s metal band, Twisted Sister.

Before Ice-T's "Cop Killer" (1992) and 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" (1989), Twisted Sister was one of the first rock groups to come under fire by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a "watchdog" group founded by Tipper Gore, wife of former VIce Prresident Al Gore. The music videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" (c. 1984) depicted violence, and in both videos Mark Metcalf plays a bullying authority figure, either a dominant father or school principal. As a result of the Senate hearings in 1985, parental advisory stickers were placed on records that contained "explicit" lyrics--especially rap music--and vulgar sexual overtones or that promoted misogyny, racism and anti-cop lyrics.

Has three sons, Jesse, Shane and Cody, plus a daughter: Cheyenne

He took on Tipper Gore and her "watchdog" group, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), when she tried to get his band Twisted Sister's album banned, and he spoke in favor of musicians rights included in the First Amendment. He actively campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger in that actor's campaign for the California governor (even going as far as to sing his song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at rallies for both men).

Graduated Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin, New York (Long Island) in 1973
Shares a birthday with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels.
Oldest son Jesse is in a band called "Baptized by Fire".
In 2006 Twisted Sister became the first metal band to release a Christmas album.
Father of Jesse Blaze Snider.

Bands:
Twisted Sister
Desperado
Widowmaker
S.M.F.'s (Sick Mutha Fuckers)
Bent Brother (heavy metal group)

Solo albums:
Never Let the Bastards Wear You Down, 2000

Filmography:

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Private Parts (1997)
Strangeland (1998)
Van Helsing's Curse (2004)
Kiss Loves You (2004)
Metal: A Headbangers Journey (2005)

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