The Words and Music of Frank Zappa

Author: Kelly Fisher Lowe

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803260054

Category: Music

Page: 259

View: 1468

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

Real Frank Zappa Book

Author: Frank Zappa,Peter Occhiogrosso

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671705725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 9474

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.

Freak Out!

My Life With Frank Zappa

Author: Pauline Butcher

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

ISBN: 0859658988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 1827

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.

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

Author: Charles Ulrich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781554201464

Category: Music

Page: 736

View: 6024

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.

The Words and Music of Ice Cube

Author: Gail Hilson Woldu

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031308078X

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 2773

Ice Cube is one of the most influential figures in the history of rap and hip-hop. Best known for the vitriol of his angry black man recordings of the late 1980s and mid 1990s, Ice Cube epitomizes the genre often referred to as gangsta rap. Much of his music from these years is focused on the disturbing realities of life in black urban ghettos, and as a result it chronicles such complex and controversial issues as racial stereotypes, street gangs, racial profiling, black on black crime, teen pregnancy, absentee fathers, and male-female relationships. His recordings with NWA are noteworthy for their sardonic humor in discussing dire issues. The group's landmark CD Straight Outta Compton (1988) is a palette of urban woes recounted in aggressive and hostile street vernacular, while Ice Cube's recordings of the 1990s now represent paradigms of the gangsta style. The first three chapters of The Words and Music of Ice Cube explore Ice Cube's recordings between 1988 and 1996 and situate Ice Cube in the context of other rappers of this period-most notably Public Enemy, Ice-T, Tupac, Biggie, and Snoop Dogg-whose music also chronicled explosive issues in urban ghettos. The fourth chapter considers Ice Cube's career in film, beginning with a discussion of his performance in Boyz n the Hood and ending with a look at his most recent films, Barber Shop, Barber Shop II, Are We There Yet? And Are We Done Yet? The fifth and final chapter looks back over all of Ice Cube's work to date and considers his impact and his legacy in music and popular culture at large. .

Frank Zappa

The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312141240

Category: Music

Page: 621

View: 6236

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: 6820

(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 Album

A Guide to Pop Music's Most Provocative, Influential, and Important Creations

Author: James E. Perone

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313379068

Category: Music

Page: 1256

View: 436

This four-volume work provides provocative critical analyses of 160 of the best popular music albums of the past 50 years, from the well-known and mainstream to the quirky and offbeat.

The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music

Author: Jonathan C. Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136447296

Category: History

Page: 414

View: 8036

The major objective of this collection of 28 essays is to analyze the trends, musical formats, and rhetorical devices used in popular music to illuminate the human condition. By comparing and contrasting musical offerings in a number of countries and in different contexts from the 19th century until today, The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music aims to be a probing introduction to the history of social protest music, ideal for popular music studies and history and sociology of music courses.

The Words and Music of Paul Simon

Author: James Bennighof

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275991630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

View: 8391

Examines the songs, albums, and compositions of one of America's most prominent singer-songwriters.

Zappa the Hard Way

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9781908724007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 1953

'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!

The Words and Music of Prince

Author: James E. Perone

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

View: 7616

An analysis of the songs, recordings, and influence of one of the most colorful and controversial American artists of the past quarter century.

The Words and Music of Bob Marley

Author: David Vlado Moskowitz

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275989354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 7827

An analysis of the music and lyrics of one of the most transcendent figures in popular music, Bob Marley.

The Words and Music of Ice Cube

Author: Gail Hilson Woldu

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780275990435

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

View: 3817

Ice Cube is one of the most influential figures in the history of rap and hip-hop. Here, author Gail Hilson Woldu examines the entirety of Ice Cube's recorded work alongside his artistic collaborations in film. Best known for the vitriol of his "angry black man" recordings of the late 1980s and mid 1990s, Ice Cube epitomizes the genre often referred to as gangsta rap. Much of his music from these years is focused on the disturbing realities of life in black urban ghettos, and as a result it chronicles such complex and controversial issues as racial stereotypes, street gangs, racial profiling, "black on black" crime, teen pregnancy, absentee fathers, and male-female relationships. Since moving away from music to some extent, Ice Cube has gone on to star in the Barbershop and Are We There Yet? film series. Woldu looks back over all of Ice Cube's work to date and considers his impact and his legacy in music and popular culture at large.

The Words and Music of Neil Young

Author: Kenneth G. Bielen

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 3666

Analyzes the recorded work of rock music icon Neil Young

Geek Rock

An Exploration of Music and Subculture

Author: Alex DiBlasi,Victoria Willis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442229764

Category: Music

Page: 226

View: 6174

Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture examines the relationship between geek culture and popular music, tracing a history from the late 1960s to the present day. This collection of essays explores the evolution of “geek rock” from songs about cars and girls to monster movies, outer space, and what it means to be “white and nerdy.”

The Words and Music of Patti Smith

Author: Joe Tarr

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780275994112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 148

View: 629

An analysis of the work of Patti Smith and of her influence on rock 'n' roll and popular arts

Because I'm Your Dad

A Hyperion Read-Along

Author: Ahmet Zappa

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1484745752

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 7255

Available for the first time as an eBook read by the author! Because I'm your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub. In a text that's both playful and loving, a father expresses his hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with his child. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal. The book's ending, a moving tribute to the author's father, guarantees intergenerational appeal. Because I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more . . . because that's what my dad did for me.

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All (Songbook)

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458430596

Category: Music

Page: 184

View: 5545

(Recorded Version (Guitar)). Note-for-note transcriptions with tab for all nine tracks from Zappa's classic 1975 release: Andy * Can't Afford No Shoes * Evelyn, A Modified Dog * Florentine Pogen * Inca Roads * Po-Jama People * San Ber'dino * Sofa No. 1 * Sofa No. 2. Includes an introduction by Steve Vai.

Frank Zappa Buying Guide

Author: Rev. Keith A. Gordon

Publisher: Anthem Publishing

ISBN: 9780985008437

Category: Music

Page: 92

View: 1686

During his lifetime and a musical career that spanned five decades, Frank Zappa released almost 60 albums of rock, jazz-rock, and classical music. The Frank Zappa Buying Guide is an album by album guide to navigating the often daunting Zappa catalog, with cover photos for each album, as well as descriptions, band history, and much more. The Rev. Keith A. Gordon has spent over 40 years in the pop culture trenches. Gordon's work has appeared in over 100 publications worldwide, as well as in several All Music Guide books and on the AMG website. The current Blues Guide for About.com, Gordon is a contributor to Blues Music Magazine and the author of The Other Side of Nashville, a history of the city's rock 'n' roll underground.