The indispensable consumers' guide to the music of Frank Zappa - the genius of the absurd, and one of the most prolific and unpredictable characters of 20th century music.A thorough analysis of Zappa's complete recorded output, from the early days of the Mothers Of Invention, through his more avant-garde compositions and classical projects to the most recent posthumous releases. The guide features:An album by album analysisA full Zappa bibliographyDetails of when and where the music was recorded, including all collaborating artistsA special section concerning compilation, archive and bootleg releasesSixteen pages of full-colour images
There is probably no figure of modern popular music who so deserves the sort of scholarly exercise undertaken by Ben Watson in this book, and I am ersonally convinced that Zappa will be regaled by 21st Century music historians as a "crux of the biscuit" of 20th Century music. And this 700 page tome will certainly be cited by our music historian descendants. In fairness, it may confound today's Zappa fans with it's copious references to Adorno, Freud, and Marx, but is likely to delight theerudite with its excerpts of the playfully situationist lyrics of Zappa, completely deconstructed by Watson. There is no doubt that Zappa was a genius--albeit a peculiarly American sort--and there is no doubt that no book has yet attempted such a thorough (albeit peculiar) analysis of his genius. Highly Recommended.
A guide to the music of Frank Zappa. It seeks to examine every recorded song in his catalogue to date, and acts as a consumer's critical guide. Shaped like a CD box, it is designed to sit alongside the reader's existing CD collection.
Music. THE BIG NOTE is the complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa--100 albums recorded over 35 years, the 80+ players on them, each one of 1,772 tracks described in detail, backed up by 1,424 citations. Based on hundreds of interviews, letters, and e-mail correspondences with scores of musicians, singers, engineers, artists, copyists, and others who worked with Zappa, THE BIG NOTE provides the liner notes that every album in the protean and prolific composer's oeuvre cries out for. It is the indispensible resource for any Zappa fan or scholar.
All That's Left to Know About the Father of Invention
Author: John Corcelli
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
(FAQ). In this volume, author John Corcelli reveals Zappa's roots as a musician, from his diverse influences to his personal life. We also learn more about his former band members and the enormous musical legacy inherited by his son, Dweezil. The book features a juried examination of Zappa's recordings and his videos. It also features a complete discography and a recommended reading list. Each chapter has a special focus on Zappa's life, with sections covering his family, his home studio known as the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen his keen interest in the Synclavier (a device he first used in 1980), his guitars, and more. Special attention is paid to the Mothers of Invention. Frank Zappa FAQ is a must-have for fans new and old looking to delve into some of the best music ever made by one of the most innovative artists the world has known.
Proceedings of the First International Conference of Esemplastic Zappology (ICE-Z)
Author: Ben Watson,Esther Leslie
Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd
Frank Zappa always did it differently, and here his fans do too. With delegates from Paris, Rome, Leipzig and Vauxhall, this parodic conference included papers called “‘Arf’: Canine Continuity in the Output Macrostructure” and “The Mental Hygiene Dilemma.” Zen Buddhism, Frankfurt school Marxism, Philip K. Dick and the Zappologically Deranged are used to denounce Madonna, postmodernism, hippies and everything you hold dear. Priceless. Ben Watson, music journalist and longstanding contributor to The Wire, Hi-Fi News and Signal To Noise, is well-known for his deviant and polemical music criticism and is an acknowledged expert on Frank Zappa. Esther Leslie is a reader in humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Sein viel zu früher Tod jährt sich im Dezember zum 25. Mal: Frank Zappa war die wohl facettenreichste Ikone der amerikanischen Musikgeschichte. Der schräge Humor seiner anarchischen Auftritte polarisierte. Immer wieder überschritt er Grenzen – zwischen Gattungen und Musikstilen, zwischen E und U. Während er in Amerika vorrangig als Rockmusiker prominent blieb, verfolgte er in Europa eine Karriere als Komponist und arbeitete etwa mit dem Dirigenten Pierre Boulez oder dem renommierten Ensemble Modern zusammen. Ingo Meyer gelingt das Porträt eines Ausnahmekünstlers, der permanent provozierte, dessen Provokationen aber niemals Selbstzweck waren.
A collection of essays by such names as Vaclav Havel and Bob Guccione, Jr, this work includes a transcription of Zappa's famous testimony before Tipper Gore and the rest of the Parents Music Regulatory Committee, along with some of his writings.
The books in this series detail every recorded song in each artist's catalogue from the start of their careers to the present day. Shaped like a CD box, these books are designed to sit neatly alongside a CD collection.
In Stephen Davis Band-Biografie, die das Genre begründete, bleibt kein Aspekt der unglaublichen Karriere von Led Zeppelin unberücksichtigt: Von den berühmt-berüchtigten Begegnungen mit allzeit bereiten Groupies und den narkotischen, alkoholischen und psychischen Exzessen über den verstörenden Einfluss des Magiers Aleister Crowley auf Lead-Gitarristen Jimmy Page bis hin zum Tod von John Bonham. Über allem steht dabei der umwerfende, alles und jeden umblasende Effekt der Musik von Led Zeppelin. Auch nach fast 30 Jahren Bandpause haben Robert Plant, Jimmy Page und John Paul Jones - an den Drums unterstützt durch John Bonhams Sohn Jason - nichts von ihrer Anziehungskraft verloren. Anlässlich ihres Live-Comebacks am 10. Dezember 2007 sind über 20 Millionen Kartenanfragen beim Konzertveranstalter eingegangen. Nicht auszudenken, was passiert, wenn Led Zeppelin 2008 zu einer Tour aufbricht...
the ultimate music companion; brought to you by the makers of Mojo magazine
Author: Jim Irvin,Phil Alexander
Organised chronologically and spanning seven decades, The MOJO Collection presents an authoritative and engaging guide to the history of the pop album via hundreds of long-playing masterpieces, from the much-loved to the little known. From The Beatles to The Verve, from Duke Ellington to King Tubby and from Peggy Lee to Sly Stone, hundreds of albums are covered in detail with chart histories, full track and personnel listings and further listening suggestions. There's also exhaustive coverage of the soundtrack and hit collections that every home should have. Like all collections, there are records you listen to constantly, albums you've forgotten, albums you hardly play, albums you love guiltily and albums you thought you were alone in treasuring, proving The MOJO Collection to be an essential purchase for those who love and live music. This work is redesigned, and fully updated and revised with new entries.