Real Frank Zappa Book

Author: Frank Zappa,Peter Occhiogrosso

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671705725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 4357

Recounts the life and career of the inventive and controversial rock musician, and includes information on his philosophies on art, his opinions on the music industry, and his thoughts on raising children.

The Real Frank Zappa Book

Author: Frank Zappa,Peter Occhiogrosso

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9780330316255

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 352

View: 3292

The legendary Frank Zappa, one of the most influential, innovative and controversial musical artists for the past 20 years, takes us on a wild, funny trip through his life and times. Along the way, Zappa offers his inimitable views on many things such as art, politics and beer.

Freak Out!

My Life With Frank Zappa

Author: Pauline Butcher

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

ISBN: 0859658988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 9838

In 1967, 21-year-old Pauline Butcher was working for a London secretarial agency when a call came through from a Mr Frank Zappa asking for a typist.The assignment would change her life forever. For three years, Pauline served as Zappa's PA, moving with him, his family and the Mothers of Invention, to a log cabin in the Hollywood Hills, where the 'straight' young English girl mixed with Oscar winners and rock royalty. Freak Out! is the captivating story of a naive young English girl thrust into the mad world of a musical legend as well as the most intimate portrait of Frank Zappa ever written.

Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story Of Frank Zappa

Author: Neil Slaven

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857120433

Category: Music

Page: 460

View: 2788

Frank Zappa's reputation as one of rock's maverick geniuses has continued to grow since his death in 1993. Revised and updated, Electric Don Quixote is still the most comprehensive chronicle of his extraordinary life and career. Author, Neil Slaven, brings together the complex strands of Zappa's life and work in a book that will please not just Zappa fans but anyone interested in the history of rock music. Fully illustrated and includes a comprehensive discography.

Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857127381

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 736

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

The Real Porn Wars

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908728449

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 3842

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats (Songbook)

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458488209

Category: Music

Page: 72

View: 759

(Guitar Recorded Versions). Our matching folio to Frank Zappa's influential first solo album features note-for-note transcriptions with tab for all six songs, lots of photos, and an intro by and album cover courtesy of Matt Groening. Includes: The Gumbo Variations * It Must Be a Camel * Little Umbrellas * Peaches in Regalia * Son of Mr. Green Genes * and Willie the Pimp. This 1969 jazz-rock fusion masterpiece also features guest appearances by Captain Beefheart and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Frank Zappa

The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312141240

Category: Music

Page: 621

View: 1271

Analyzes the music of Frank Zappa, discusses his creative process, and examines his cultural influence

Frank Zappa FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Father of Invention

Author: John Corcelli

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1617136735

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 4120

(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.

The Frank Zappa Songbook

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 9781495064883

Category:

Page: 128

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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Hal Leonard is proud to re-issue this collector's item songbook in a new print run. Just like the original, this book includes sheet music of Zappa's compositions, superbly transcribed and arranged for piano/guitar/voice by Ian Underwood, plus eight full-page pictures and several illustrations by Cal Schenkel. 20 songs, including: Absolutely Free * America Drinks and Goes Home * Can I Help You with This Dummy * How Could I Be Such a Fool * I'm Not Satisfied * The Idiot Bastard Son * Mom & Dad * Oh No * Son of Suzy Creamcheese * Uncle Meat * Waka/Jawaka * and more.

Zappa

Author: Barry Miles

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802142153

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 1727

The best-selling biographer of Paul McCartney follows the ground-breaking musician Frank Zappa from his Italian-American childhood roots to his ultimate success as a composer and rock star. Reprint.

Mother!

The Frank Zappa Story

Author: Michael Gray

Publisher: Plexus Publishing (UK)

ISBN: 9780859653022

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 192

View: 6837

"When Frank Zappa died on December 4th, 1993, he was mourned not just by the music world but also by the international press, as one of the most popular and iconoclastic figures in the history of rock music. His band the Mothers of Invention was as much a formative part of the 1960s West Coast scene as the Grateful Dead, and his solo album Hot Rats influenced a generation of guitarists. His work as a classical composer was conducted - live and on record - by the distinguished conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano. But how much was actually known about this eccentric, yet multi-talented musician? Mother! The Frank Zappa Story reveals the tragically curtailed life and music of one of rock's most uncompromising personalities." "Here, using his inside knowledge and experience, Michael Gray traces the development of Zappa's life and career from his childhood in Maryland, his move to California and the formation of the Mothers of Invention, focusing on the pioneering work Zappa continued to do at the cutting edge of music technology." "A workaholic and perfectionist, Zappa never compromised. Until he was diagnosed with cancer in 1991, Frank Zappa continued to play to packed venues across the USA, Europe and the Far East. Mother! The Frank Zappa Story draws on a plethora of autobiographical material gleaned from the normally unco-operative but brutally articulate Zappa, to provide a timely reappraisal of one of the truly innovative talents of post-war popular music."--BOOK JACKET.

Zappa the Hard Way

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9781908724007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 5570

'Zappa The Hard Way' is the story of Frank Zappa's last ever world tour that ended in mutiny. In 1988 Frank Zappa toured with a twelve-piece band that had rehearsed for months, learned a repertoire of over 100 songs and played an entirely different set each night. It is why, in Zappa's own words, it was "the best band you never heard in your life" - a reference to East Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble. Zappa appointed bass player Scott Thunes to rehearse the group in his absence. In carrying out this role, Thunes was apparently abrasive, blunt and rude to the other members and two factions quickly developed: Thunes and stunt guitarist Mike Keneally on the one side; the remaining nine band members on the other. The atmosphere deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe. Before leaving Europe, Zappa told the band that there were ten more weeks of concerts booked in the USA and asked them: "If Scott's in the band, will you do the tour?" With the exception of Keneally, they all said "no." Rather than replace Thunes, Zappa cancelled almost three months of concerts and never toured again - claiming to have lost $400,000 in the process. 'Zappa The Hard Way' documents that tour. If you think touring can be fun, think again! Yes there were groupies and the usual paraphernalia associated with rock 'n' roll, but there was also bitterness and skulduggery on a scale that no one could imagine. Author Andrew Greenaway has interviewed the surviving band members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the huge personal financial losses. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Zappa's sister Candy, and an afterword by Pauline Butcher, Zappa's former secretary and author of 'Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa', 'Zappa The Hard Way' might just be the best book you've never read in your life!

Dangerous kitchen

the subversive world of Zappa

Author: Kevin Courrier

Publisher: Ecw Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 553

View: 8604

For nearly 30 years, Frank Zappa was one of the most influential, innovative, and controversial musicians in rock, despite minimal radio airplay. This biography goes beyond the myths that surround this musical satirist to explore the life, career, and influences of an outrageously gifted composer. Both with his early band, the Mothers of Invention, and in his subsequent solo work, Zappa poked fun at middle-class conformity, hippies, disco, and the Reagan era while breaking musical ground with his combination of jazz, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, social and political parody, and rock and roll. This book traces Zappa's cultural and musical roots to Erik Satie, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and Zappa's true hero, avant-garde composer Edgard Varese.

The Big Note: A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa

Author: Charles Ulrich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781554201464

Category: Music

Page: 736

View: 2081

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.

Being Frank

My Time with Frank Zappa

Author: Nigey Lennon

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 0983488401

Category: Music

Page: N.A

View: 9516

Since his untimely death from prostate cancer in 1993, the legend of iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa has continued to grow. The years following his passing have seen the publication of numerous books, both sacred and profane, which examine his life and work, but the best, and only, up-close-and-personal account of the man and his music remains the original: Nigey Lennon's Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Musician/author Lennon maintained a personal and professional relationship with Zappa during the period which is generally agreed to have been the composer's most creative, and she invests her recollections with considerable musical and emotional insight. The fact that Lennon is an accomplished musician and composer in her own right enables her to perceptively analyze Zappa's complex music, and her previous experience as a biographer of Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry is evident as she examines the complex conditions of Zappa's turbulent life. But above all, Being Frank is simply a great read: filled with wry humor, poignancy, and, of course, a plethora of the juicy road stories that Zappa himself didn't dare to include in his own autobiography. The e-book edition of Being Frank is certain to find a new audience for this classic title, which has been in great demand since its third print run sold out several years ago. "Irreplaceable...is the word to describe Being Frank...[Lennon's] memoir is both spiky and musically literate...Lennon's previous books were on Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry, which indicates the kind of cultural perspective required to get a grip on Zappa: something brighter than rock-journo pedantry.a -Ben Watson, author of Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

Them Or Us

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905177561

Category: Counterculture

Page: 351

View: 1962

In 1984 Frank Zappa self-published Them or Us, created with a dot matrix printer. This facsimile edition brings this seminal work on conceptual continuity to a new generation of fans who have outgrown the ordinary.

Shell Shocked

My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

Author: Howard Kaylan,Jeff Tamarkin

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1480342939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3521

(Book). If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 No. 1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock-and-roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye-opening iceberg. For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock-and-roll revolution. In addition to his years with the Turtles, Kaylan was a core member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and the dynamic duo Flo and Eddie, and part of glam rock history with Marc Bolan and T. Rex. He's also given street cred and harmonies to everyone from John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Alice Cooper to the Ramones and Duran Duran, to name just a few. Howard Kaylan's life has been a dangerous ride that he is only too happy to report on, naming names and shedding shocking tales of sex, drugs, and creative excess. Shell Shocked will stand alone as not only one of the best-told music-biz memoirs, but one with a truly candid and unmatchable story of rock-and-roll insanity and success from a man who glories in it all.

The Words and Music of Frank Zappa

Author: Kelly Fisher Lowe

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803260054

Category: Music

Page: 259

View: 3155

A deep look at the work of one of the most insightful and incisive critics of late 20th-century American culture.

Red Army

Author: Ralph Peters

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671676695

Category: Fiction

Page: 403

View: 6752

Explores the human side of the Soviet Red Army during an invasion of Germany that forces a desperate response by the U.S. and its NATO allies.