Zappa the Hard Way

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9781908724007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 8059

'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!

Real Frank Zappa Book

Author: Frank Zappa,Peter Occhiogrosso

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671705725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 2791

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.

Frank Talk

The Inside Stories of Zappa's Other People

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Wymer UK

ISBN: 9781908724670

Category:

Page: 368

View: 7877

Compiled from over 40 interviews with those who knew and worked with Frank Zappa - including family, members of the Mothers of Invention and other band members including Warren Cuccurullo, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Ike Willis, Scott Thunes & Mike Keneally . With artwork by Antero Valerio - an extraordinary insight into this musical genius.

Freak Out!

My Life With Frank Zappa

Author: Pauline Butcher

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

ISBN: 0859658988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 3811

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.

Being Frank

My Time with Frank Zappa

Author: Nigey Lennon

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 0983488401

Category: Music

Page: N.A

View: 4786

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

Frank Zappa

The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312141240

Category: Music

Page: 621

View: 2759

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

Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857127381

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 8301

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

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: 6268

(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.

America the Beautiful

A Novel

Author: Moon Unit Zappa

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743219136

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7528

America Throne is living the good life in L.A. Her career is sprouting, and she is in love -- with Jasper Husch, a sexy-sultry artist from San Fran. But just as soon as they've realized domestic bliss, Jasper has a change of heart, and America falters on the slippery slope of hope: hoping that he will come back, hoping that new sex will erase all evidence of him, and hoping that in nurturing a truce with her dead father she will make peace with all men. America's trip from self-destruction to wholeness is a romp on the wilder shores of the West Coast. From a dodgy therapist to a silent retreat, America Throne's "aha" moment culminates with, "While we are all busy swimming upstream, the universe is conspiring to take us to something better." In America the Beautiful, Moon Zappa has taken the broken-heart story and given it a twist all her own through the emotional honesty and edginess of America Throne. Hailed as "brilliant" (Sunday Telegraph Magazine), America the Beautiful is the debut of an unforgettable and unfaltering new voice.

Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story Of Frank Zappa

Author: Neil Slaven

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857120433

Category: Music

Page: 460

View: 4620

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.

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

Author: Charles Ulrich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781554201464

Category: Music

Page: 736

View: 1599

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.

Cosmik Debris

The Collected History and Improvisations of Frank Zappa

Author: Greg Russo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780964815704

Category: Music

Page: 352

View: 4113

The third, "Son Of Revised" edition of this essential Frank Zappa reference work.

Zappa and Jazz

Did it really smell funny, Frank?

Author: Geoff Wills

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785897993

Category: Music

Page: 200

View: 4730

Frank Zappa's music has a unique and easily recognisable quality, and is a brilliant synthesis of a wide range of cultural influences. This book focuses on just one of the influences on Zappa's music, namely Jazz.

Zappa

Author: Barry Miles

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802142153

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 5981

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.

Frankie and Bobby

Growing Up Zappa

Author: Charles Robert Zappa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996477901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

View: 1830

A memoir written by brother Bob Zappa of rock musician Frank Zappa, describing period in their lives from the 1950s until 1967. Information covered in this book has never been told before.

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: 1529

(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.

I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

Author: Pamela Des Barres

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1787590755

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 6145

First published in 1987, New York Times bestseller, I’m With The Band has been reprinted throughout the years, all over the world. This is the stylish, exuberant and sweetly innocent tale of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s. Beginning with Pamela Des Barres’ early obsession with Elvis, her own Beatlemania madness, and her fierce determination to meet the musicians who rocked her world, I’m With The Band illuminates the glory days of scintillating encounters with musical gods including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Keith Moon. A girl just wanting to have fun, Des Barres immersed herself in the drugs, danger and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. As a member of The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously), an all-female group masterminded by Frank Zappa, Des Barres was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. She travelled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons and Ray Davies. She had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. A woman in possession of her own destiny, Des Barres blazed a trail for women’s life-writing, standing up for female voices and experience everywhere. From original diaries, told with great warmth, chutzpah and joie de vivre, this is a frank memoir that wears its heart on its sleeve, and recalls one of rock ’n’ roll’s most thrilling eras. This edition contains new material from the author, including her response to the vitriolic shaming of groupies, and a foreword by Roisin O’Connor, rock journalist and music correspondent for the Independent.

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: 302

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.

Them Or Us

Author: Frank Zappa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905177561

Category: Counterculture

Page: 351

View: 6565

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.

Academy Zappa

Proceedings of the First International Conference of Esemplastic Zappology (ICE-Z)

Author: Ben Watson,Esther Leslie

Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9780946719792

Category: Music

Page: 255

View: 4774

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.